Lot 3114: Elisha Kent Kane THE UNITED STATES EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN 1857 Antique Arctic Exploration Fold-Out Chart Plates
Lot 3114: Elisha Kent Kane THE UNITED STATES EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN 1857 Antique Arctic Exploration Fold-Out Chart Plates
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Title: The United States Grinnell Expedition in Search of SIr John Franklin. A Personal Narrative
Author: Elisha Kent Kane - Elisha Kent Kane was 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. He was present at the discovery of Sir John Franklin's first winter camp, but he did not find out what had happened to the fatal expedition.
Publisher: Phillips, Sampson & Co.
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xix/(13)-552 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: "Franklin's lost expedition was a British voyage of Arctic exploration led by Captain Sir John Franklin that departed England in 1845. A Royal Navy officer and experienced explorer, Franklin had served on three previous Arctic expeditions, the latter two as commanding officer. His fourth and last, undertaken when he was 59, was meant to traverse the last unnavigated section of the Northwest Passage. After a few early fatalities, the two ships became icebound in Victoria Strait near King William Island in the Canadian Arctic. The entire expedition complement, including Franklin and 128 men, was lost.
Pressed by Franklin's wife, Jane, Lady Franklin, and others, the Admiralty launched a search for the missing expedition in 1848. Prompted in part by Franklin's fame and the Admiralty's offer of a finder's reward, many subsequent expeditions joined the hunt, which at one point in 1850 involved eleven British and two American ships. Several of these ships converged off the east coast of Beechey Island, where the first relics of the expedition were found, including the graves of three crewmen. In 1854, explorer John Rae, while surveying near the Canadian Arctic coast southeast of King William Island, acquired relics of and stories about the Franklin party from the Inuit. A search led by Francis Leopold McClintock in 1859 discovered a note left on King William Island with details about the expedition's fate. Searches continued through much of the 19th century. Finally, in 2014, a Canadian search team located HMS Erebus west of O'Reilly Island, in the eastern portion of Queen Maud Gulf, in the waters of the Arctic archipelago."
"The Second Grinnell Expedition of 1853 was an American effort, financed by Henry Grinnell, to determine the fate of the Franklin's lost expedition. Led by Dr. Elisha Kane, the team explored areas northwest of Greenland, now called Grinnell Land. While failing to determine the fate of Sir John Franklin, the expedition set a new record for northward penetration, delineated 960 mi (1,540 km) of unexplored coastline north of 82° latitude, and discovered the long-sought open Polar Sea. Kane collected valuable geographical, climate and magnetic observations before abandoning the brig Advance to the pack ice in 1855. While three members of the crew were lost, the epic journey of the survivors inspired the public as a vivid tale of Arctic survival." (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in brown cloth with elaborate ornamental designs blind stamped on the front and rear cover. The spine has lettering stamped in gold. The book shows external wear, with staining to the bottom edge of the spine and front cover. The covers are lightly soiled. The binding is cracked between blank preliminary pages. The volume has chocolate brown endpapers. A contemporary signature appears at the top edge of the title page. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing.This work is illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Sir John Franklin, an intact fold-out chart of the Arctic regions, a current chart of Baffin's Bay, plates and vignettes.
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