14 December 2000
BELCHER, Edward (1799-1877). The Last of the Arctic Voyages, Being a Narrative of the Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance. London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.
2 volumes, 8o (254 x 160 mm). Half-titles. 4 lithographic maps and 36 lithographic plates, 17 colored. (Folding map somewhat frayed at edge, some very occasional pale spotting.) Original blue blind-decorated cloth, gilt-lettered on spines (a trifle shaken, spines lightly faded).
FIRST EDITION. Belcher "penetrated up Wellington Channel to the extreme limits of navigation" (Hill). On this expedition, Belcher's last active service, the men hoped to unlock the mystery of Sir John Franklin and to attempt, once again, to discover the Northwest Passage. Abbey Travel 645; Arctic Bibliography 1241; Hill p. 21; NMM 921; Sabin 4389; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 3409. (2)
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