Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1899. Hardcover. Beautifully bound in blue cloth with gilt titles and floral decoration to boards and spines of both volumes. MInor wear to edges of boards and spine ends. Occasional spots of soiling to margins, but clean and bright overall. Filled with photographic illustrations. An attractive set. 303 pages in Volume I. 318 pages in Volume II. TRA/102021. Very Good.
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Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Hardcover. First American edition. This classic book is about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition that was one of many to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became trapped in sea ice and were abandoned in 1848. None of the 129 man crew survived, and the ships were believed to be lost. This is an account of one of numerous expeditions to search for Franklin’s ships and crew. The well-preserved wreckage of HMS Erebus was found on September 7, 2014. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt illustration of ship to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Spotting, wear, and bumping. Slightly cocked. Interior pages generally clean with light aging to margins. Very good. Includes two fold-out maps, fold-out facsimile of report on missing ships, and some black and white illustrations. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 375 pages. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1898. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Green, gilt, and black illustration of a city scape and acorn motif to spine and front cover. An attractive publisher's binding signed by the designer on front cover "CF". Minor rubbing to gilt on front cover, minor wear to edges and corners, and spine ends. Small hole to cloth on rear joint. Rear hinge is starting. Clean interior overall with a few spots of foxing on early and late pages. Illustrated. A few pages starting to pull away from binding near end. 599 pages plus ads. STA/102021. Very Good.