SMITH, David Murray (1865-1962)
Arctic Expeditions, From British And Foreign Shores, From The Earliest Times To The Expedition Of 1875-76
Southampton: Charles H. Calvert, 1877. Quarto. (11 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches). xiv. (4), 824 pp, frontispiece, 2 chromolithographic folding maps, 23 lithographic plates, 2 of which are coloured.
Elaborately bound in full black morocco with beveled boards decorated with naval and polar scenes, spine ruled in 6 compartments with raised bands and gilt centre decoration, gilt title, all edges gilt. Original coated yellow endpapers.
This bestseller surveyed the history of arctic exploration from the Norse Sea-Kings' exploits to the voyages of Franklin, Ross, Parry, and Nares, with particular focus on Franklin's final expedition and the searches following its disappearance.
The book is in 15 parts. The first parts cover earlier explorations going back to the Norse Sea Kings' discovery of Iceland and Greenland. Part 5 covers Parry and Franklin 1821-27; Part 6, Parry and Ross 1827-33; Part 7, Franklin's last and fatal Expedition, Dr. John Rae's first expedition; Part 8, The Franklin Search; Part 9, On Franklin's Track; Part 10, Discovery of a North West Passage; Part 11, Expedition under Sir Edward Belcher; Part 12, The Fate of Franklin; Part 13, Arctic Expeditions from Foreign Shores; Part 14, Recent European Expeditions; Part 15, The Great English Expedition of 1875-76.
Arctic Bibliography 16282, Sabin 82419.