The North-West Passage, and the Plans for the Search for Sir John Franklin. A Review: By John Brown, F.R.G.S.
Brown, John F.R.G.S.

London, England: E. Stanford, 1858. F xii + 463 pages; with useful index. With author's presentation on front endpaper, dated in the year of publication: "To Professor M'Donald with the author's sincere good wishes & esteem 24/6/58" With a lithographed frontispiece, of "Erebus & Terror Bay, the Winter Quarters of Sir John Franklin from a sketch taken by Dr. R. McCormick, R.N. Commanding the Boat Expedition up Wellington Channel in Search of Franklin." With the half-title and the 2 folding maps with hand coloring; most leaves are unopened. Title page with the collector Allen Walcott's blind-stamp seal. The author, John Brown, F.R.G.S. (1797 - 1861) British geographer, who "...used his wealth to develop his interest in exploration, particularly of the poles, and became the centre of a scientific circle of polar explorers and their energetic advocate of expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. Working on the assumption that Franklin would have followed his orders, and using his own knowledge of prevailing sea currents, Brown defined the area which the expedition was ultimately found to have reached, but his advice was ignored..." (Elizabeth Baigent in the ODNB) Approximately 6" x 9" size, bound in the publishers original decoratively blindstamped & gilt binding, with the small binders' ticket of Lewis & Sons on the back endpaper. Edge, tips wear, rubbing to the binding; top of spine cloth chipped away. Volume bound firmly, and in very good condition. Good (Item ID: 25010)


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