Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal: Or, Eighteen Months in the Polar Regions, in Search of Sir John Franklin's Expedition, in the Years 1850-51

By: Osborn, Sherard (1822-1875).

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One of the important Franklin search expedition and dedicated to Lady Franklin.


Osborn was a commander on Horatio Austin's Franklin Search Expedition in command of the Pioneer. He includes an account of the expedition and over-wintering at Lancaster Sound. The voyage was by way of Baffin Bay, Lancaster Sound, Barrow Strait, then the wintering at Griffith Island, and return.


The expedition proved that Franklin's ships had not been lost in Baffin's Bay. Much of the success of the voyage was due to the steam tenders, which, opened new prospects for Arctic navigation.


Includes informative notes on West Greenland Eskimos, negotiating the ice of northern Baffin Bay, ice conditions in the Canadian Arctic waters, hunting adventures, clothing, food and equipment, carrier pigeons, the sledge journeys, arctic nature and winter recreations.


As a surveying expedition, it was eminently successful. . . due to the steam- tenders, which, during the summers of 1850 and 1851, held out new prospects for arctic navigation. The way in which the Pioneer or Intrepid cut through rotten ice, or steamed through the loose pack in a calm, was an object-lesson to the whalers, and led directly to the employment of powerful screw-steamers in the whaling fleet [DNB].


First Edition, First Printing. 12mo; 183 x 113mm, 7.5 inches tall. 320 pages. 4 color lithographed plates including frontispiece; Folding partly hand colored map, with the appendix. These were left out of the U.S. Edition along with the appendix.
Original plum cloth stamped in blind and gilt, all edges gilt. Rebacked with faded original spine laid down, New endpapers Text block over-opened in two placed places. Small bookplate upper corner of front paste-down.

REF: Arctic Bib. 12899; Sabin 57760; TPL 3193; Abbey Travel 640.

Title: Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal: Or, Eighteen Months in the Polar Regions, in Search of Sir John Franklin's Expedition, in the Years 1850-51

Author Name: Osborn, Sherard (1822-1875).

Categories: 19th Century, Voyages, Exploration, A. TRAVEL, GEOGRAPHY & EXPLORATION, Polar Exploration, 19th CENTURY: Literature and Works,

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Publisher: London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans: 1852

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: None Issued

Type: Book

Size: 12mo; 183 x 113mm, 7.5 inches tall. 320 pages.

lb: 3.00 lb

Seller ID: 009497

Keywords: Polar Arctic Exploration; Griffith Island; Baffin Bay; Lancaster Sound; Barrow Strait; Greenland; Eskimos Arctic Ocean; Arctic regions; Arctic regions; British; Canada; Description and travel; Discovery and exploration; Franklin, John, Sir; General; History; Northwest Territories; Travel; United States,