Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22. Sir John FRANKLIN.
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22.

Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22.

London: John Murray, 1824.

Two volumes, octavo, with four splendid folding maps; in contemporary navy half calf, marbled boards, edges and endpapers.

Rumours of cannibalism and murder in the frozen North.

Second edition, publishing the results of the 1819-1822 expedition to the polar north under the command of Sir John Franklin.

Second edition, publishing the results of the 1819-1822 expedition to the polar north under the command of Sir John Franklin.
Franklin's expedition was one of two simultaneously searching a route to the pole (the second was assigned to William Parry).
Assured of guides and ongoing supplies by the Hudson's Bay Company, Franklin and his party of twenty men sought an overland route east of the Coppermine River. Using native canoes to traverse a vast landscape, relations among the men deteriorated as food and supplies dwindled. Cold, exposure and starvation took a harrowing toll as cannibalism and murder erupted amongst the voyagers. A total of nine men died.
This account was initially published in a lavishly illustrated quarto edition. This second edition in smaller format features four splendidly engraved maps. Franklin later served as a Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, where he clashed with the disciplinarian bureaucracy inherited from his predecessor George Arthur.

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