Entertainments during the Search for Sir John Franklin (1852)

Osborn, Sherard & Geo. F. McDougall, eds.

Facsimile of the Illustrated Arctic News, published on board H.M.S. Resolute: Captn. Horatio T. Austin, C.B. In search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin.

Published: London: Published by Ackermann & Co. 96 Strand.

Date: 1852

First edition. Folio. pp. [i, title] + [i, Preface] + 57; lithographed throughout, with a coloured vignette to the main title and 11 other coloured vignettes, one full-page chromolithograph, numerous black & white vignettes, one map to text; very good in the original blue cloth, image of ship and iceberg blocked in gilt to upper cover, lettered in gilt, corners slightly bumped, crease to upper outer corner of upper board, but otherwise a very good copy.

Note
In May 1850, Horatio Austin led an expedition in search of Sir John Franklin's ships. It returned in September 1851, and as a memento of the voyage it was decided to publish the five numbers of the Illustrated Arctic News issued in manuscript during the wintering of one of the ships, the Resolute. This is the published version, with reproductions of playbills, entertainments, poetry, snippets of news, and sketches by members of the crew.

Condition
Very good.

Binding
Original cloth.

£4250

Offered by Meridian Rare Books