Arctic Explorations: the Second Grinnell Expedition by KANE, Elisha Kent

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Arctic Explorations: the Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55

Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1856. First American edition of the Grinnel expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. Two volumes. Full leather binding. Illustrated by upwards of three hundred engravings from sketches by the author: the steel plates executed by the superintendence of J.M. Butler, the wood engravings by Van Ingen & Snyder. These ate both in text and full page with tissue guards. Absolutely fascinating book with glossary of terms, (who knew there were so many words for how the sea looks against the sky?), illustrations of ice formations, polar bears, indigenous peoples etc. 464 + 467pp. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches). Elisha Kent Kane was an American explorer, and a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin.

Condition: There is rubbing to the binding, a starting of a split to the spine of one volume. The bindings are a little shaken. Internally darkened / soiled, with some marks. The first gather of Vol 1 is a little loose. There is possibly a title page lacking, as there is only the engraved title to Vol. 1. One of the plates in Volume 1 (Bear Hunt) has some areas of loss. Overall in good / fair condition.

Book ID: 1832
Category: polar
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