Three Years of Arctic Service. An Account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-84, and the attainment of the Farthest North. With nearly 100 illustrations made from photographs taken by the party, and with the official maps and charts.
New York. Charles Scribner's Son. 1886. thick tall8vo, 23.5cm, the First Edition, in 2 volumes, xxv,428 & xii,444pp., with 43 plates from engravings (inc. engraved frontis portrait), 82 text illustrations and 9 maps (including 2 double page, 2 large folding [1 in rear pocket]), in the original dark blue cloth, colour decorated title labels and oval colour pictorial vignettes on the spines and upper covers, titles stamped in silver on the spine and upper covers, a fine bright set.(cgc). Item #40903
A.B. 6118. Based at Ellesmere Island, they explored the northern coast of Greenland, the interior and west coast of Grinnell Land (Northern Ellesmere). When relief ships failed to reach the expedition all but seven died of starvation in the attempt to walk to safety. Included are accounts of sea ice, sledge journeys, camp life, the arduous march, and the geography of the area explored. One of the first U.S. expeditions and one of the most tragic.