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Elisha Kent KANE (1820-1857). Arctic Explorations: The second Grinnell expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55. Philadelphia, Boston, [etc.]: Childs & Peterson and others, 1856. 2 volumes, 8° (222 x 146mm.) Steel-engraved additional title, 2 portrait frontispieces and 18 plates, 2 maps, one folding and lithographed, one engraved, folding lithographic weather chart, illustrations. (Occasional light browning, small tears to margin of weather chart.) Original cloth (rebacked, small section of original spine laid down, modern endpapers). First edition. 'Narrative of the Second Grinnell Expedition on the Advance 1853-1855': Arctic Bibliography 8373 (variant plate and map count); Sabin 37007.

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Charles Henry DAVIS (1807-1877, editor). Narrative of the North Polar Expedition. U.S. Ship Polaris, Captain Charles Francis Hall commanding. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1876. Large 8° (252 x 185mm.) Steel-engraved portrait and frontispiece, 2 coloured lithographic plates, 1 double-page facsimile, 30 wood-engraved plates, some illustrations. (Child's transfer picture applied to verso of plate facing p.52.) Contemporary black half morocco (spine faded, extremities rubbed). First edition. 'Narrative of the Polaris Expedition 1871-73, to seek the North Pole, explore regions north of Smith Sound, and to make scientific investigations': Arctic Bibliography 18382.

George Washington DE LONG (1844-1881). The Voyage of the Jeanette. The ship and ice journals of George W. De Long ... commander of the Polar Expedition of 1879-1881. Edited by his wife, Emma De Long. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1884. 2 volumes, 8° (234 x 146mm.) Steel-engraved portrait frontispiece to vol.I, tinted lithographic frontispiece to vol.II, numerous wood-engraved plates and illustrations, 4 lithographic maps (2 folding (one in pocket at end of vol.I), 2 double-page). (Frontispiece to vol.II loosely inserted, 1 folding map split into three sections.) Original cloth (lightly soiled, front inner hinge of vol.II split and free endpaper detached.) Provenance: Ella H. Smith (signature). First edition. The 'Jeanette' sailed from San Francisco in July 1879, was beset in the ice for 19 months, was crushed, and finally sank 12 June 1881. 33 men struck out for land, and 25 reached the Lena delta. De Long and eleven others died there before they were rescued. Arctic Bibliography 3839.

Adolphus Washington GREELY (1844-1935). Three Years of Arctic Service An account of the Lady Franklin Bay expedition of 1881-84 and the attainment of the farthest North. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. 2 volumes, 8° (234 x 155mm.) First edition. An expedition during the First International Polar Year, based on the east coast of Ellesmere Island, explored the north coast of Greenland, the interior and west coast of Grinnell Land. The relief ships failed to reach them and after a walk out of the Hall basin area only seven members of the expedition survived to be rescued at Cape Sabine, Smith Sound. Arctic Bibliography 6118. (7)
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