BELCHER, EDWARD. 1799-1877. The Last Of The Arctic Voyages: Being A Narrative Of The Expedition In H.M.S. Assistance, Under The Command Of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., In Search Of Sir John Franklin, During The Years 1852-53-54, With Notes On The Natural History....  London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.

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BELCHER, EDWARD. 1799-1877.
The Last Of The Arctic Voyages: Being A Narrative Of The Expedition In H.M.S. Assistance, Under The Command Of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., In Search Of Sir John Franklin, During The Years 1852-53-54, With Notes On The Natural History.... London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.

US$ 1,000 - 1,500
£ 750 - 1,100
BELCHER, EDWARD. 1799-1877.
The Last Of The Arctic Voyages: Being A Narrative Of The Expedition In H.M.S. Assistance, Under The Command Of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., In Search Of Sir John Franklin, During The Years 1852-53-54, With Notes On The Natural History.... London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.
2 volumes. Large 8vo (244 x 153 mm). 3 folding maps, 1 lithographed map and 36 plates (11 in color). 19th century half tan calf and marbled boards. Volume I upper joint repaired, rubbed, minor browning.

FIRST EDITION. Belcher engaged in the last publicly funded search for Franklin (subsequent voyages were privately funded). Belcher records his sailing through Wellington Channel and discovery of Exmouth and North Cornwall Islands and the Belcher Channel leading to Jones Sound. Also described is the meeting and rescue of Commander Robert McClure of the Investigator on northern Banks Island by the western arm of the expedition under Henry Kellett. Belcher's decision to abandon four ships icebound in Wellington Channel in 1854 led to his court-martial, and despite his acquittal, he continued to be severely criticized in England. Weather and ice conditions are recorded throughout, as well as optical phenomena, natural history, scurvy, etc. and a summary is given of the results of Franklin search expeditions to date. Abbey Travel 645; Hill p 21; Sabin 4389.
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BELCHER, EDWARD. 1799-1877. The Last Of The Arctic Voyages: Being A Narrative Of The Expedition In H.M.S. Assistance, Under The Command Of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., In Search Of Sir John Franklin, During The Years 1852-53-54, With Notes On The Natural History....  London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.
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