7 December 2017
BELCHER, Edward (1799-1877). The Last of the Arctic Voyages; Being a Narrative of the Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance... in Search of Sir John Franklin, During the Years 1852-53-54. London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.
A fine association copy of the first edition with the author's signature and sentiment tipped-in to volume two and dated 1872. A pencil note records that these books were obtained from the family of Arctic explorer and naturalist, Sir John Richardson (1787-1865). Belcher’s voyage was the last publicly funded Franklin search expedition. Abbey Travel 645; Arctic Bib. 1241; Hill 106; NMM 921; Sabin 4389; TPL 3409.
Two volumes, tall octavo (250 x 158mm). Half-titles. 4 maps, 3 of which are folding and 2 of those loose in rear pocket; 36 lithographed plates, 15 of which are colored (some occasional spotting). Publishers’ blue cloth gilt (vol. 1 recased, some repair to heads of spines, hinges strengthened, endpapers with some glue-staining). Provenance: John Booth Richardson (eldest son of John Richardson, bookplates) – Chet Ross Rare Books.
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