SNOW, W. PARKER. 1817-1895.
Voyage of the Prince Albert in Search of Sir John Franklin: A Narrative of Every-day Life in the Arctic Seas. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman's, 1851. 8vo (195 x 120mm). xvi, 416 + 32 pp ads. Four color lithographed plates, folding map. Original blue cloth decorated in blind and gilt. A bit of staining, some appendix leaves creased, light wear to binding.
Provenance: Sir William Edward Parry (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, A PRESENTATION COPY TO SIR WILLIAM EDWARD PARRY. Title inscribed "Sir W. Edwd Parry with the Author's respects." Snow served as the purser during this 1850 Franklin search expedition aboard the Prince Albert, which was commanded by Charles C. Forsyth and sponsored by Lady Franklin. The color lithographed plates are after original works by the author. It is a relatively scarce account of an expedition notable for being the first to relay the news of the discovery of Franklin's winter quarters on Beechey Island. William Parry was probably the most successful in the long quest for the Northwest Passage, and at the time of this publication he held the record for human exploration farthest North, making this a very interesting association copy.