London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1884. Two volumes. xx,432; xii,412pp., plus sixty- six plates and maps (six folding). Half-title in second volume. 20th-century three-quarter speckled calf and cloth, spines gilt, gilt leather labels, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Minimal wear to boards. Bookplate of Alfred Edward Moxon (possibly a member of the English Moxon publishing family) on front pastedown of first volume. Text somewhat toned, as usual, minor foxing. Splits along folds of map in second volume expertly repaired. Very good. Item #WRCAM55324
An important work by McCormick, the surgeon during Ross' 1839-43 Antarctic expedition, taken from his own diaries written during the expedition, and published at his own expense at age eighty-four. The work also includes McCormick's experiences with John Franklin, first as surgeon on Peary's 1827 attempt to reach the North Pole and during his own voyage to Wellington Channel in search of Franklin in 1852-53, which includes McCormick's boat expedition. "In addition, he includes some plans for reaching the poles and preservation of health in the polar regions, an autobiography, plus correspondence and miscellany. Included are numerous outstanding illustrations based on McCormick's own pencil sketches, including five panoramas from the Ross expedition....Very scarce" - Rosove.
"McCormick served under Parry and Ross, and took a prominent part in the Franklin search expedition of 1852-3. This personal narrative covers all these as well as his other voyages" - Scribner.
A rare work, as McCormick financed the publishing himself, resulting in an initial print run of only 750 copies. This is an early issue, without the 16pp. "Memorandums" that was added later. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 10582. ROSOVE 221. TPL 3093. SPENCE 747. TAURUS 10. SCRIBNER 101:1288.