1886 Three Years of Arctic Service: An account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-1884 and the attainment of the Farthest North
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An Important Work, First Edition, Folding Maps, Folding Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Signed
Complete in two volumes. The first edition of this remarkable account of the Lady Franklin Bay expedition of 1881.
Signed by Adolphus Greely to the recto of the frontispiece to volume one.
Narrating the 1881-1884 expedition to Lady Franklin Bay led by Adolphus Greely with the purpose to establish a meteorological-observation station as part of the First International Polar Year, and to collect astronomical and magnetic data.
Only seven of twenty five men survived the expedition, with two of them reaching a new Farthest North record.
The Attainment of the Farthest North is recorded in these volumes.
With nearly one hundred illustrations made from photographs taken by the party, and with the official maps and charts. Collated, lacking only the folding map to the rear pocket, as usual.
In the original publisher's illustrated cloth binding. Externally sound with slight shelfwear and a slight bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Damp marking to the front boards of both volumes and to the rear of volume one only. Signed by the author to the recto of the frontispiece "For Mr S D Green, in utter darkness and in winds of bitter cold, they stood," undated. The front free endpaper and blank page to the first volume are loose but present, otherwise both volumes are firmly bound with only slight loosening to the hinges to the front and rear boards. Slight bookworm damage from page 127 to 138, and to page 147 affecting only the gutters and no text. The pages are generally bright and clean throughout with only a slight tidemark to the lower extremity to the second volume. Profusely illustrated throughout with a frontispiece and multiple i text illustrations to both volumes, as well as with sixteen full plates engraved from photographs, and five maps to volume one, and twenty five full plates and three maps to volume two (one of them folding). Collated, lacking only the folding map to the rear pocket, as usual.
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