Large Folio "Shores of the Polar Sea" ([ 1875 - 1876 ])


Large Folio "Shores of the Polar Sea"

Date: [ 1875 - 1876 ]

MOSS, Dr. Edward L. Title: Shores of the Polar Sea. A Narrative of the Arctic Expedition of 1875-6. London: Marcus Ward, 1878. First Edition. Large Folio (14 x 19.5 in), 83 pages of text on thick, high quality paper, complete with all 16 chromolithographic colour plates, 1 map and 28 wood engravings in text. Nicely illustrated original full cloth, all edges gilt. An impressive copy of a rare book on Polar exploration! Edward L. Moss accompanied the North Polar expedition led by Nares, which was sent out for the attainment of the North Pole in 1875. The ships H.M.S.S. Alert, Discovery and Valorous, left England on 29 May 1875, crossed the Atlantic to Davis Straits and entered the Arctic regions. The latter vessel accompanied the expedition as far as Disco, for the purpose of helping it so far northwards with its heavy stock of three years' provisions and fuel. The expedition provided a wealth of information on Greenland's north-west coast. On extensive sledge journeys, the record northern latitude of 83 20'26''N was reached. What makes this book particularly interesting are the large and beautiful chromolithographs which show Godhavn Harbour, a musk ox hunt, the Alert in winter quarters, sledging parties, etc.

Very clean inside, corners bumped, spotting and scuffing to binding (see pictures), otherwise a very good


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