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....

New York: 1852. 516pp. plus advertisements. Illus. Original cloth. Somewhat chipped at head and toe of spine, wear to corners, private library blindstamps, foxing. A sound copy. Item #WRCAM15029

First American edition, after the original London edition of the previous year. Richardson, the noted naturalist, accompanied Franklin on his first and second expeditions. The present work includes the journals of Richardson and Rae on the Mackenzie, Arctic and Coppermine rivers in 1849. "Filled with details of personal experiences of Indian life. The appendix contains a comparative table of dialects spoken by the Eskimo. Some copies are described as having a map, but it is not called for in the list of illustrations" - Sabin. Richardson did not limit himself to searching for Franklin but looked for plants and animals as well. A long appendix comprises one of the earliest detailed listings of Canadian and Arctic plants, as well as describing the physical geography of the Arctic. A number of contributors provide material on the linguistics of the Indians of the region. SABIN 71025. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 3256. TOURVILLE 3804. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 9170. WAGNER-CAMP 203:2. RICKS, p.182 (ref).

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