BEECHEY, Frederick William (1796-1856)
A Voyage of Discovery towards the North Pole, performed in His Majesty's Ships Dorothea and Trent, under the command of Captain David Buchan, R.N.; 1818; to which is added, a summary of all the early attempts to reach the Pacific by way of the Pole.
London: Richard Bentley, 1843. Octavo. (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches). 6 plates (2 folding lithographic plates, 3 steel-engraved plates, 1 wood-engraved plate), 1 folding map in pocket at front. (Tears to both folding plates, the first repaired with tape, blindstamps to plates, title and pp.49/50 and 99/100, ink inscriptions on verso of title and at foot of p.48).
Original blue cloth, boards detached, fragments of spine present
First edition in the original cloth.
Under the command of David Buchan on the H.M.S. Dorothea and John Franklin on the H.M.S. Trent, this futile 1818 expedition attempted to sail across the Arctic Ocean -- the last such attempt by the Royal Navy. Beechey served as second-in-command under Franklin. Although published 25 years after the voyage, it is the only first-hand account of the expedition.
Arctic Bibliography 1230; Books on Ice 2.11; Hill (2004) 97; Sabin 4349; TPL 1132.