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
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852. First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good Hardcover in a Custom Box.
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. Housed in a custom Clam-shell box. 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. Includes Custom Clamshell box.
Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #009497
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.
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.
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.
REF: Arctic Bib. 12899; Sabin 57760; TPL 3193; Abbey Travel 640; Howgego, O-5