Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Arctic Ocean. Richard KING.

Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Arctic Ocean.

London: George Routledge, 1847. [Exploration] FIRST EDITION SHEETS LATER ISSUE. Two volumes bound as one, crown octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.xvi, 312; pp.viii, 321; [3]. In a secondary binding of blue leather grained cloth, gilt titles to spine. Seemingly bound from the first edition sheets printed by Samuel Bentley for the original publisher Richard Bentley, with the preface dated 1836, with a later title page dated 1847 issued by George Routledge. Bound without the original title pages and lacking the two frontispiece plates but with the plates of the 'Okanagan Marmot' and the 'Chart of the Proposed Route' as per the list of plates at the rear. Ownership to title page, textblock mildly toned, some spotting to preliminaries and the occasional mark, some rubbing and wear to the top of the fore edge. Binding rather rubbed and worn, some loss to the top of the backstrip, top of rear board quite heavily abraded. A sound copy in a used binding. Good. First published in 1836, this is an account of the expedition formed to discover the fate of the Second Ross Expedition, which set out in 1829. Since the Ross Expedition had already returned by the time Captain Back set out in 1833, several seasons were spent exclusively on further exploration. In addition to Captain Back's own account of the voyage, this account by the ship's surgeon appeared the year after their return. A rare book with few copies appearing in commerce or at auction. Item #48687

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