Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1856. 1st Edition. Item #13338
Two volumes complete. Brown cloth with gilt titling to spines. Elaborate illustration to boards stamped in blind.
Elisha Kent Kane was a US navy surgeon who was part of the first Grinnell Expedition which attempted to find the whereabouts of the lost expedition of John Franklin.
In 1853 Kane set forth on the Second Grinnell Expedition.
"Though suffering from scurvy, and at times near death, he pushed on and charted the coasts of Smith Sound and the Kane Basin, penetrating farther north than any other explorer had done up to that time. At Cape Constitution he discovered the ice-free Kennedy Channel between Ellesmere Island and Greenland, later followed by Isaac Israel Hayes, Charles Francis Hall, Augustus Greely, and Robert E. Peary in turn as they drove toward the North Pole.
"Kane finally abandoned the icebound brig Advance on May 20, 1855, and made an 83-day march of indomitable courage to Upernavik on the west coast of Greenland. The party, carrying the invalids, lost only one man. Kane and his men were saved by a sailing ship. Kane returned to New York on October 11, 1855, and the following year published his two-volume Arctic Explorations."
Each volume with a large fold-out map. Profusely illustrated with steel-engraved plates and in-text illustration.
Square tight bindings. Clean interiors. Moderate rubbing and edge wear. Corners bumped with mild chipping to spine ends, not affecting any text. Previous owner book plates dated 1939 on each front end paper.