London: Ackermann & Co., 1850. 8pp., text in double columns, in English and French. Plus ten color lithographic views on seven sheets. Folio. Publishers' grey cloth with gilt title and royal standard on front cover, blindruling on both covers, a.e.g. Skillfully rebacked preserving portion of original spine. Wear and a few stains to boards, corners bumped. Two small tears to tissue guards. Some marginal foxing and tanning. Very good. Item #WRCAM55379
A presentation copy, inscribed on the titlepage "Presented to J.E. Brooman by his ship mate and friend Willy Browne, with best wishes." There is an additional inscription on the titlepage by Brooman, presenting this copy to Emily L. Royle. This work presents William Henry Browne's exceptional depictions of the Arctic, drawn from his personal experiences. Lieut. Browne was an officer on the fourth expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, who had disappeared in 1845 while seeking a northwest passage. This is one of three color plate books to result from Franklin search parties, being the earliest and more modest of them (the portfolios of Creswell and May, issued in 1854 and 1855, are grander affairs). Nonetheless, the Browne plates are handsome and striking arctic scenes depicting the stark scenery of the Far North and the toils of the expedition. J.E. Brooman served again with Browne as Purser on board the H.M.S. "Resolute" under Capt. H.T. Austin on the 1850-51 expedition in search of Franklin, which found traces of Franklin's first winter camp on Beechey Island from 1845-46, as well as the graves of John Torrington, John Hartnell, and William Braine. This title is uncommon, and this is the only presentation copy we have come across in auction records or in the marketplace. ABBEY 637. SABIN 73366. TPL 3047. LANDE 10033. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 2344. Peter L. Simmonds, THE ARCTIC REGIONS: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE AMERICAN EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN... (Auburn & Buffalo: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1854).