CRESSWELL, Samuel Gurney. A Series of Eight Sketches in Colour (Together with a Chart of the Route) by Lieut. S. Gurney Cresswell, of the Voyage of H.M.S. Investigator (Captain M'Clure), during the Discovery of the North-West Passage. Dedicated by Special Permission, to Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen. The Arctic Press, facsimile edition 1998 [original published by Day and Son, Lithographers to the Queen, and Ackermann and Co., London, July 25th, 1854].
Imperial folio. Contents: title-page, dedication , 4 pages (description of plates), 9 colour plates on acid free heavy stock art paper; loosely contained in purpose-made half calf box with marbled boards, leather lettering piece to upper cover; as new.
Facsimile edition, limited to 200 copies. According to the Arctic Bibliography entry for the first edition: "The officers and crew of Investigator reached England in 1854, having been the first men to traverse the NW passage...These lithographs are of quite remarkable beauty and unusual colouring. The clear and vivid colour effects of the Arctic are shown with great distinctness in these prints which are highly desirable".
Arctic Bibliography 3477 (first edition).