Philadelphia. 1856. Two volumes. 464pp. plus plates and folding map; 467pp. plus plates and folding map. Frontispiece portrait and engraved titlepage in each volume. Original brown cloth, stamped in blind, gilt- lettered spines. Head and toe of spines worn. Moderate foxing. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM15065
Kane, a U.S. naval surgeon, was a member of the unsuccessful first rescue expedition which searched for Franklin in 1850-1851, financed by the American merchant- businessman, Henry Grinnell. "Kane, on board the ADVANCE, was commander of this [second] expedition, which was also financed by Henry Grinnell. Franklin was not found; however, much data concerning the Eskimo, geography and scientific information was gathered. Kane, passing up Smith Sound at the head of Baffin Bay, advanced into the enclosed sea which now bears the name of Kane Basin, thus establishing the Polar route of many future Arctic expeditions. Here the expedition passed two winters, and attained what was to remain for sixteen years the highest reached northern latitude, 80° 35' N" - Hill. HILL 904.