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Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819, 20, 21, and 22 by  John MURRAY - First - 1823 - from Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books and Biblio.com

Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819, 20, 21, and 22

by MURRAY, John

Condition: Near Fine


1823 1ed John Franklin Arctic Exploration Illustrated Native Indians Alaska

"one of the earliest printed narratives about Alaska and the Aleutian Islands"

Sir John Franklin was a 19th-century British Royal Navy officer most-remembered for his explorations of the Arctic. His first voyage to the Polar Sea began in 1819 became an important journey in describing the arctic regions of the world. The reports of the excursion were published in John Murray's 'Narrative', which was published in 1823. This book is beautifully illustrated with engravings depicting life of Native Americans, depictions of rough northern seas, preparing camp in the snow and ice, views of animals and plants, and impressive folding maps, including a map of the famous route!

This book is referenced by numerous sources, all of which praise this work, including Sabin which calls the appendix of this work valuable for its contributions to the knowledge of the natural history of the area. However, both Wagner-Camp and the Arctic Bibliography make mention of the importance of reports on Indian tribes.

"narrative includes detailed description of travel conditions (noting hardships, lack of food, etc.), the nature of the country, rivers and lakes, the various tribes of Indians, and the Copper Eskimos, with accounts by Richardson and Back of their separate trips with small parties for exploration, supplies, etc." (Arctic Bibliography 5194).

Item number: #3828

Price: $1750

MURRAY, John

Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819, 20, 21, and 22

London : John Murray, 1823. First edition.

Details:

· Collation complete with all pages: [xvi], 768

o Illustrated with 34 leaves of plates, some folded

· References: Sabin 25624; Lada-Mocarski 12; Hill 166; Abbey, Travel, 635; Graff 1406; Wagner-Camp 23:1; Field 560

o Lada-Mocarski: "one of the earliest printed narratives about Alaska and the Aleutian Islands"

o Wagner-Camp: "Of interest not only as a document of human courage and endurance, but also for its depiction of the Indians"

· Language: English

· Binding: Fine leather; tight and secure

· Size: ~10.5in X 11in (26cm x 28cm)

· Very rare with auction records and price comparisons between $4,000-$5000

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  • Bookseller: Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 3828
  • Title: Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819, 20, 21, and 22
  • Author: MURRAY, John
  • Format/binding: Fine leather; tight and secure
  • Book condition: Used - Near Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1823
  • Keywords: 1823 1ed John Franklin Arctic Exploration Illustrated Native Indians Alaska rare, antique, old, first edition, 1st state, provenance, signed, inscribed, dust jacket, vellum, manuscript, engravings, illustrations, leather, plates, maps, antiquarian


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