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(ARCTIC.) Belcher, Edward. The Last of the Arctic Voyages, being a Narrative of the . . . H.M.S. Assistance . . . in Search of Sir JohnFranklin. 3 maps, 36 plates (10 of them hand-colored), text illustrations. xx, 383; vii, 419 pages plus 23,  pages of November 1855 ad leaves at end of first volume. 2 volumes. 8vo, publisher's gilt pictorial cloth, minor wear, rebacked with parts of original backstrips laid down; minor foxing, short separations at folds to the largest map; inked stamps on title pages, Edinger bookplates. London, 1855
first edition. Belcher's five-ship 1852-54 expedition in search of Franklin would be the last official British attempt. On the HMS Assistance, Belcher successfully navigated through the Wellington Channel, but beset by ice was unable to return to Lancaster Sound and was forced to abandon the ship. This account of the expedition also includes several essays on the natural history of the region by Richardson, Owen, Bell, Salter and Reeve. Abbey, Travel 645; Arctic Bibliography 1241; Books on Ice 5.8a; Hill 106; Sabin 4389; TPL 3409.
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