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(ARCTIC.) Franklin, John. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea. 4 folding maps, 30 plates (11 of them colored). 4to, contemporary 1/2 calf, joints starting; minor foxing, errata slip tipped in after page 768; 2 bookplates on front endpapers. London, 1823
first edition of this first-hand account of Franklin's Canadian Arctic expedition from 1819 to 1822, including supplementary reports by other survivors. Franklin's party was reduced to eating the leather in their shoes and lost 11 of 20 men, mostly to starvation, but they also charted vast expanses which had been previously unknown to Europeans. "One of the most terrible journeys on record . . . among the classics of travel literature"--McGill/Lande 1181. Toronto Public Library 1248. Franklin and his entire 129-man crew died on a later Arctic expedition, 1845-1848.
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