The Open Polar Sea: A Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery Towards the North Pole, in the Schooner "United States."
Hayes, Dr. I(saac) I(srael)

New York, NY: Hurd and Houghton, 1867. F xxiv + 454 pages; with tinted single-page maps and illustrations, collated complete. The author, Isaac Israel Hayes (1832 - 1881) American physician and Arctic explorer, volunteered to serve as surgeon on the Elisha Kent Kane expedition in search of Sir John Franklin; "...The Arctic achievements of Dr. Hayes were substantial...Perhaps Hayes's most important...was that, like Charles Francis Hall and Elisha Kent Kane, he explored what might be called the "American route" which was later used by Robert Edwin Peary to reach the North Pole." (Robert E. Johnson in the DCB) A couple of leaves at front are unopened. Small bookplate on front endpaper of Samuel Latham Mitchill Barlow (1826-1889) a very prominent American lawyer who founded Shipman, Barlow Larocque & Choate among other firms, and a well-known art & book collector. The title page also with the collector Allen Walcott's blind-stamp seal. Approximately 6 1/4" x 9" size, bound in burgundy brown textured cloth hardcover, gilt head of a sled-dog illustration on front cover. Edge, tips wear, rubbing to the binding; spine covering about 1/4 chipped away, split and taped on to the boards. Volume bound firmly, and contents in good condition. Good (Item ID: 25618)


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