Narrative of the North Polar Expedition. U S Ship Polaris, Captain Charles Francis Hall Commanding
Publisher: Government Printing Office
696 pages with steel engraved frontispieces, 39 wood engravings and 2 photolithographs, depicting the Polaris and its deck plans, 6 maps, illustrations and appendix. Thick Quarto (10 1/2" x 8"). bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt pictorial on front cover. Edited by Rear-Admiral C H Davis under the supervision of G M Roebeson. [Arctic Bibliography: 18382] First edition.
During Hall's last North Polar expedition, the Polaris reached 82 degrees 11 north and 61 degrees west, the farthest northerly point then reached by a vessel. Hall died of a stroke on November, 1871. The expedition continued under George Tyson. This includes an account of the survivors fate after the ship and crew met with disaster and their ice floe journey from Smith Sound to the Labrador coast. See Blake, Arctic Experiences "The geographic results of the expedition were extensive and important. Kennedy channel disclosed the way to the North Pole. Greenland and Grinnell Land were extended about three degrees of latitude northward. With similar limited resources no man has surpassed Charles Francis Hall in arctic explorations." (Dictionary of American Biography VIII, pp 120-121.)
New spine and end pages, corners bumped, shelf wear, spine ends and corners rubbed, covers faded. Over all about very good.
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