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....

London. 1851. Two volumes. viii,413,[1]pp. plus folding map and nine colored plates (including frontispiece); vii,[1],426pp. with color frontis. 20th-century three-quarter calf and tan cloth, spine gilt, leather labels. Minor shelf wear and rubbing. Modern bookplate on front pastedowns, light toning. Very good. Item #WRCAM54157

Richardson, the noted naturalist, accompanied Franklin on his first and second expeditions, with the rare folding map not present in all copies. 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" - Sabin. Richardson did not limit himself to searching for Franklin, and looked for plants and animals as well. An appendix of almost ninety pages 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 have provided material on the linguistics of the Indians of the region. Most of the attractive plates illustrate members of the Kutchin tribe of native Indians. STREETER SALE 3716. SABIN 71025. WAGNER-CAMP 203:1. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 3256. TOURVILLE 3804. GRAFF 3493. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 9170. RICKS, p.182 (ref). TPL 3029. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 121.

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