9 May 2002
Sir John Franklin (1786-1847)
Narrative of a Journey to the shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819, 20, 21, and 22. London: John Murray, '1823' [but 1828]. 4° (269 x 210mm). Half-title. 30 engraved or aquatint plates (11 hand-coloured), 4 folding engraved maps. (Some slight spotting, occasional small tears to maps.) Contemporary diced calf gilt, spine with red morocco lettering-piece.
A fine copy of the first edition of Franklin's account of his first overland journey, northwards to the shores of the Arctic Sea. Cf.Abbey Travel II,635; Arctic Bibliography 5194; Sabin 25624; Staton & Tremaine 1248.
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