Voyage of the Jeannette
The Ship and Ice Journals of George W. Delong, Lieutenant-Commander U.S.N., and Commander of the Polar Expedition of 1879-1881
Edited by DeLong, Emma
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1883, 1st US Edition, First Printing. Thick sm4to â€“ 23.9cm., Vol. I: (xii) 440pp., engraved portrait of George W Delong as frontis with tissue guard, 7 engravings, 26 vignette illustrations, 8 maps and charts including foldouts. Vol. II: (x), 470pp (page numbering continuous between volumes and totally 911pp.), Index, frontis colour litho entitled Cairn Tomb, Monument Hill, Lena Delta with tissue guard, 7 engravings, 15 vignette illustrations, 15 maps, charts and diagrams including fold-outs. Publisherâ€™s full leather with blind-stamped decorative borders and pebbled textured covers; spine with four raised bands and bright gilt titles; marbled end leaves and gilt decorative ruling bordering end leaf inside front cover; no foxing, folds or tears, no prior ownership markings, hinges strong; all page edges in bright gilt. An excellent complete copy in Fine condition â€” Rare in such superior condition. Arctic Bibliography 3839 (Arctic Bibliography only lists the 1884 Trade Edition).
DeLong sailed from San Francisco in July 1879 with the intention of sailing through the Bering Strait and then enter the Pole byway of the New Siberian Islands and Wrangell Island. The last sighting of the Jeannette was at Wrangell Island during the first two years of the voyage. In the space of those two years the crew struggled against the ice and extremely harsh conditions, but was unable to save the ship which was ultimately crushed by the floes. The crew escaped, but several perished in a storm, and several of those who reached land died from starvation and extreme conditions. This extensive account of the tragic Voyage of the Jeannette was edited by DeLongâ€™s widow, Emma DeLong.