ARMSTRONG, ALEXANDER. 1818-1899.
A Personal Narrative of the Discovery of the North-West Passage.... London: Hurst & Blackett, 1857.
8vo (222 x 135 mm). xxii, , 616 pp. Tinted lithographed frontispiece; hand-colored folding route map. Original blue cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Fore-edge of map frayed and strengthened, few small library inkstamps, light overall rubbing to binding, extremities worn.
Provenance: Sandeman Library (discrete stamps to prelims, map verso and final page).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS RARE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF MCCLURE'S FRANKLIN SEARCH, the voyage which resulted in the discovery of the Northwest Passage. "Armstrong was surgeon and naturalist to the Investigator, under the command of Robert John McClure. Much of the relative success of the voyage was attributed to Armstrong's arrangements whereby no scurvy appeared until the spring of 1852, and at no time did it assume dangerous proportions. For his journal during this voyage he was awarded the Gilbert Blane gold medala reward for the best journal kept by surgeons of the Royal Navy" (DNB). Hill 34; AB 682; Sabin 2017; TPL 3408.