ARCTIC CROZIER (FRANCIS RAWDON MOIRA) A collection of 36 dried botanical specimens
Lot 10
ARCTIC CROZIER (FRANCIS RAWDON MOIRA) A collection of 36 dried botanical specimens
Sold for £9,000 (US$ 14,878) inc. premium
Lot Details
ARCTIC
CROZIER (FRANCIS RAWDON MOIRA) A collection of 36 dried botanical specimens, each mounted on a paper slip (one specimen loose, another missing), contemporary blue half roan, morocco label lettered "Polar Plants" on upper cover, spine missing, covers detached, oblong 8vo (180 x 250mm.), [c.1825]

Footnotes

  • The flyleaf is inscribed "These Flowers were brought by Captain Crozier in the year 1825. He was afterwards lost with Sir John Franklin".

    Francis Crozier, from Banbridge in Co. Down, attained a lieutenant's commission while serving under William Edward Parry on his third Arctic expedition with Fury and Hecla. The specimens were collected at the Whale Fish Islands in Davis Strait, at Port Bowen (Admiralty Island, on the eastern shore of Prince Regent Inlet where the expedition was forced to overwinter during 1824-1825), or North Somerset (now Somerset) Island which forms the western shore of the inlet. Crozier's part in the expedition is commemorated by the naming of a number of Arctic features including a river, a strait and a point. Perhaps most famous of all the places to bear his name is that at Cape Crozier at the foot of Mount Terror in the Antarctic, which he visited in company with his friend James Clark Ross in the Terror expedition of 1839-1843. Not long after his return from this, Crozier and Terror became part of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expediton for the discovery of a north-west passage, Crozier taking command after the death of Franklin.
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