1859 The Voyage of the Fox in Arctic Seas. A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and his Companions.
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First Edition, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Signed Binding
The first edition of Sir Francis Leopold McClintock's account of his journey to locate the remains of the ill-fated Arctic expedition led by Navy officer John Franklin in the mid nineteenth century, in a half morocco signed binding from Jeff Colombe, and marbled paper covered boards.
Collated, with nineteen illustrations, including one folding plate containing two maps, and fifteen plates. A further folding map and folding plate depicting a record found of Franklin's expedition are found in facsimile.
Captain McClintock received the Arctic Medal from Queen Victoria after his successful mission to find the remains of Franklin's lost expedition, a failed British voyage of Arctic exploration in which two ships carrying a crew of 129 officers and men became icebound for more than a year.
Marks found on the bones of the bodies recovered suggested evidence of cannibalism, elevating the lost expedition to mythic status. McClintock's findings were of special importance for the subsequent romanticising of John Franklin as a figure in British culture, as the establishment of his date of death acquitted the sailor himself from suspicion of cannibalism.
With a single leaf of publisher's advertisements to the year, dated January 1860, and with renewed endpapers.
A fascinating first edition recounting an important and tragic incident in the history of polar exploration.
Rebound in a signed half morocco binding, with paper covered boards and gilt detailing to back strip. Externally, lovely. With new endpapers, and a binder's label to the rear pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Heavier spotting and a light tidemark to first few leaves, with pages otherwise generally clean and bright with only the occasional spot. Folding map to rear and folding facsimile record plate both supplied in facsimile.
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