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In search of John Franklin,
with valuable information on the indigenous peoples of the American arctic

RICHARDSON, John.
Arctic searching expedition: a journal of a boat-voyage through Rupert's Land and the Arctic Sea, in search of the discovery ships under command of Sir John Franklin. With an appendix on the physical geography of North America.
London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1851. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a tinted lithographed frontispiece in each volume, 8 tinted lithographed plates, a folding lithographed map (41 x 50.5 mm) of British North America, coloured by hand in blue and pink, 8 wood-engraved illustrations in text and some letterpress tables. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spines.
€ 1,950
First edition of an account of a voyage to the Arctic in search of John Franklin's expedition, led by John Richardson (1787-1865). He had joined John Franklin's Arctic expeditions of 1819-1822 and 1825-1827 as a surgeon and naturalist. Franklin left Britain again in 1845 to find a northwest passage, but he and his crew never returned. Richardson set sail in 1848 and returned late 1849, without result. They did, however, gather much new and very useful geographical information, and he gives an extensive description of various Inuit tribes and native inhabitants, especially from the Gwich'in (Kutchin) tribe, which are shown in most of the plates. The second volume contains an extensive appendix devoted to the physical geography, climatology, flora, insects and "the eskimo vocabulary", listing some words and brief sentences with the translation into two similar languages.
Text leaves in very good condition, only occasionally a small spot, some offsetting to the tissue leaves protecting the plates, and the map mounted on cloth. Binding rubbed along the extremities, hinges weak and partially cracked.
Arctic Bibl. 14489; Chavanne 4309; Howgego, 1800-1850, R14; Sabin 71025.
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