London. 1823/1828. Two volumes. [iii]-xvi,768pp. plus errata slip, thirty plates (eleven in color), and four folding maps; xxiv,[xxi]-xxiv,320,clvii,pp. plus thirty-one plates and six folding maps. Both volumes lacking half titles. Quarto. Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked in matching calf, spine gilt. Minor shelf wear. Modern bookplate on each front pastedown, small institutional ink stamp on titlepage and Contents page of first volume. Otherwise, a bright, clean copy in very good condition. Item #WRCAM54159
The first volume narrates Franklin's first expedition of 1819-22. Franklin, along with naturalist Dr. John Richardson, was appointed to lead an expedition overland from Hudson's Bay to east of the mouth of the Coppermine River for the purposes of establishing the latitudes and longitudes of the northern coast of America, developing a correct geographical description of the country, and searching for a northwest passage. Franklin's narrative includes a great deal of detail regarding the country, native Indians, the murder of Robert Hood, and their disappointment in failing to find a passage. Sabin calls the appendix "valuable" in its contribution to the knowledge of natural history in the area. The handsome plates include illustrations of the native Indians and Eskimos (many of them attractively colored), artifacts, types of fish, and ships at sea. "'The views of Arctic scenery with which these volumes are both illustrated and embellished, are of extreme beauty.' - QUARTERLY REVIEW" - Sabin. Two issues were published of this first volume, both in 1823. The present issue is the first, with 768 pages (see Streeter and Sabin). The second issue contains a longer introduction, with an additional note about the moral condition of the Indians. The main text appears to be extremely similar (though not identical) up to page 730, in the midst of John Richardson's "Botanical Appendix," and thereafter a number of changes are incorporated. The third edition of Wagner-Camp lists the second issue, and the fourth edition of Wagner-Camp lists the first issue. One of the maps called for in the list of plates and maps, "From Slave Lake to the Arctic Sea," is not present and "An Outline to Shew the Connected discoveries of Capts. Ross, Parry & Franklin in the years 1818, 19, 20 and 21" is in its place. Apparently this was the map that was issued with the book, since it is contained in Streeter's copy and that of the Bancroft Library, which are also copies of this first issue (although evidently Wagner's copy contained the "correct" map). The error in the list of maps printed in the book is not corrected in the second issue. The second volume prints Franklin's account of his second voyage, of 1825-27. The work is mainly devoted to the accounts of Richardson and Franklin in their explorations of the Mackenzie River region of the Canadian Northwest, although it contains a brief narrative of the explorations of Thomas Drummond in the Canadian Rockies. The plates, which are fine engravings by Finden after drawings and sketches by Lieut. Kendall and Capt. Back, depict the Mackenzie Basin and the Arctic Ocean. The handsome maps include "Route of the Expedition A.D. 1825, from Fort William to the Saskatchewan River...," "Route of the Expedition from York Factory to Cumberland House...in 1819 & 1820," "Route of the Expedition from Isle a la Crosse to Fort Providence, in 1819 & 1820," "Route of the Land Arctic Expedition...from Great Slave Lake to Great Bear Lake River...," and "The Discoveries of the Expedition...Near the mouth of the Mackenzie River, and on the Sea Coast East & West...." First volume: WAGNER-CAMP 23:1. FIELD 560. GRAFF 1406. LANDE 1181. PEEL 80. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 1326. SABIN 25624. TPL 1248. Second volume: WAGNER-CAMP 35:1. FIELD 561. GRAFF 1407. LANDE 1182. PEEL 88. SABIN 25628. STREETER SALE 3699. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 47.