ARMSTRONG, Alexander. A Personal Narrative of the Discovery of the North-West Passage; with numerous Incidents of Travel and Adventure during nearly Five Years' Continuous Service in the Arctic Regions while in Search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin. London, Hurst and Blackett, 1857.
8vo. Original blue cloth, gilt; pp. xxii, , 616, 23 (advertisements); pp. 128-45 mispaginated as usual; tinted lithographic frontispiece of the Investigator in the ice, one folding map; wear to extremities, neatly restored to head and tail of spine, inner hinges re-inforced. Light toning, occasional spotting, else a good copy of a rare item.
First edition. Armstrong joined McClure's Franklin Search expedition of 1850-4 as surgeon and naturalist. The expedition hoped to find Franklin and his men by sailing from Bering Strait eastwards. In the course of the search they were able to confirm without doubt the existence of a North West passage. As it progressed eastwards, the Investigator became fast in the ice and the crew finally abandoned her in April 1853 when they were rescued by a sledging party under B.C.T. Pim from another Franklin Search expedition aboard the Resolute. By completing their journey over the ice, the crew of the Investigator became the first men to negotiate the North West passage. (The first successful passage using the same ship was made by Amundsen fifty years later.) Armstrong's account offers a first-person narrative of the expedition and its completion.
Arctic Bibliography 682; Sabin 2017; Chavanne 1540.