Join us June 2–June 4, 2022 for our second virtual antiquarian book fair!
Preregister now for and get $10 to use at the fair.
Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

The Discovery of the North-West Passage by  Sherard  Osborn - Signed First Edition - 1856 - from Rachel Smith Books (SKU: M106)

The Discovery of the North-West Passage

Click for full-size.

The Discovery of the North-West Passage

by M’Clure, Robert, Osborn, Sherard

  • Used
  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
See description
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Austin, Texas
Item Price
Or just $3,275.00 with a
Bibliophiles Club Membership
$7.00 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 7 to 14 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

M'Clure, Robert. Osborn, Sherard, ed.

The Discovery of the North-West Passage

London, 1856 first edition, Octavo 21.5 x 13.5 cm. Longman, Brown [&c.]. 406 pages with 26 pages of advertisements dated March 1856. Folding engraved hand-colored map, 4 lithograph plates, original blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine, terracotta end papers with printed advertisements. The text is clean and tight without any markings. The fold out map is in fine condition with no tears and is properly folded. The binding is unmarked with no fading, spine lettering is bright, slight possible repair to the head of the spine otherwise a FINE copy.

Robert M'Clure was a British naval Captain who is best known for his discovery of the course of the Northwest passage. He commanded the H.M.S. Investigator and along with Captain Richard Collinson in the H.M.S. Enterprise, they were sent in 1850 by the British Admiralty to the Arctic to search for the lost Franklin expedition. Their approach was to be from the West through the Bering Strait in their search for survivors of Captain Franklin's long sought after ship. The Enterprise became separated from the Investigator and eventually chose to over winter in Hong Kong. The Investigator was able to sail 50 kilometers through the Bering Strait before being stopped by ice floes and frozen in for the winter. From this position M'Clure continued on with a sledge journey. It was then he determined that the Prince of Wales Strait connected with the Barrow Strait to the east, and that he had found a course of the Northwest Passage. When his ship was still ice bound at the end of the summer of 1852, and his crew being in ill health, they were fortunate to be rescued by the H.M.S. Resolute. M'Clure and his crew finally returned to England in 1854 after being away for 4 years. M'Clure was given a knighthood and promoted to the rank of Captain. After much debate by Parliament whether M'Clure should be awarded the £20,000 prize for the discovery of the Northwest Passage, he and the crew were finally given £10,000 for being the first to traverse the North-West Passage. Scarce in the original cloth binding.


Review this book and you’ll be entered for a chance to win !

(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Rachel Smith Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
The Discovery of the North-West Passage
M’Clure, Robert, Osborn, Sherard
Original blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine
Book condition
Longman, Brown [&c.]
Place of Publication
Date Published
North-West Passage, Osborn Sherard , M’Clure, Arctic voyages
Bookseller catalogs
travel, exploration, polar, misc;

Terms of Sale

Rachel Smith Books

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

About the Seller

Rachel Smith Books

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since 2014
Austin, Texas
Ask Seller a Question


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [More]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the... [More]
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [More]
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing... [More]
Used to mean that the binding of a book has not been overly loosened by frequent use.
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [More]
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in... [More]

This Book’s Categories