London. 1852. Two volumes. lii,506pp. plus colored lithographic frontispiece, folding map, and pp. of advertisements; vii,363,ccxxxiii pp. plus color frontispiece, four plates (two in color), and folding map. Original embossed publisher's cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Spines slightly sunned, light wear to corners. 20th-century bookplates on front pastedowns. Light tanning, an occasional fox mark. Very good. Item #WRCAM54173
An important and scarce Arctic expedition under the command of Capt. William Penny. The H.M.S. Lady Franklin and Sophia set out in search of Sir John Franklin through Baffin's Bay and Barrow Strait, thence north into Wellington Channel, where search parties went out and observations were made to obtain further geological and natural history information in the Arctic. The appendix contains detailed reports of the travelling parties that were sent out in search of signs of the Erebus and Terror, including to the unexplored regions beyond Wellington Channel. Also in the appendix are Admiralty papers, meteorological data, a register of the tides, and illustrations of natural history and geological specimens. The handsome plates depict life in the Arctic, including "Winter Quarters, Assistance Bay," "Arctic Travelling," and natural history illustrations. The folding maps include "A Chart of the Arctic Regions..." and "A Polar Chart...of Capt. Penny's Expedition." Not in Lande or Lande supplement. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 17231. TPL 3214. SABIN 93963.