Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea

FRANKLIN, John. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22.

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FRANKLIN, John. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22. John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1824.

8vo. 2 volumes. Original boards, neatly rebacked, endpapers renewed, uncut; pp. xix, 370, [1, imprint]; [2, half title], v, 400, 16 (advertisements, dated October 1823); four folding maps including one with hand-colouring in outline (all dated November, 1823); occasional spotting, but nonetheless a rare uncut copy in the original boards.
Second edition. Franklin here presents his own account of 'an Expedition from the shores of Hudson's Bay by land, to explore the Northern Coast of America, from the Mouth of the Copper-Mine River to the eastward' (Introduction). In pursuit of this goal, Franklin travelled to Fort Chipewyan and from there, accompanied by John Richard, Robert Hood and George Back, explored the upper Coppermine River. After wintering at Fort Enterprise, the expedition descended the Coppermine and explored the coast of Coronation Gulf by canoe over 500 miles eastward into Dease Strait. The second volume of the work also includes accounts by Richardson and Back of their separate explorations with smaller parties from the main expedition. Franklin, a relentless explorer of the Nothwest Passage, and his crew suffered immense hadship on this journey experienceing starvation resulting in cannibalism in the case of one crew member. Nine men died on this particular journey. Franklin ultimately went missing during the 1845 journey with the rest of his crew dying of starvation and disease.
Arctic Bibliography 5195.

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