The United States Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin …
The United States Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin …

KANE, Elisha Kent. The United States Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, a Personal Narrative … New Edition.

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KANE, Elisha Kent. The United States Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, a Personal Narrative … New Edition. Philadelphia, Childs & Peterson, and London, Trubner, 1857.

8vo, Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, image of ship and ornamentation embossed onto covers; pp. xix, 552, steel-engraved portrait, two maps (one folding, the smaller map a little browned) numerous wood-engravings in the text, 5 stunning plates in a mix of aquating and mezzotint; minimal wear to extremities, a few gatherings a little toned, otherwise remarkably clean and fresh, with a few gatherings still unopened.
Full of immensely beautiful and evocative prose reflecting the austere beauty of Arcitc landscapes and icebergs, the author describes his narrative. 'My journal does not tell the story; but it is worth noting, as it illustrates the sedative effect of a protracted succession of hazards' (p. 251). The book is 'often compared to the Bible for wide dissemination of America's bedside reading tables' (Books on Ice 3.9).

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