SCHWATKA’S SEARCH. SLEDGING IN THE ARCTIC IN QUEST OF THE FRANKLIN RECORDS.

Gilder, William H.


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New York & Ann Arbor, 1st.ed., thus 1966. Xvi + 316 pp., port. frontis., original title-page, double-page map (cold.) + 29 woodcuts. Cream cloth with black & gold decorated spine & front cover. 23 x 15cm. V.G. First published in New York in 1881 (and in London during the same decade) this book tells the story of a party of five men who, between 1878 and 1880, traversed the barren lands of northern Canada in the search for remains of the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845-47. The daring Schwatka adventure was sparked off by the bringing home by a Yankee whaling captain in 1878, a silver spoon engraved with Franklin’s name, and an Eskimo tale about a ship crushed in the ice off King William Land. More than 40 expeditions had searched for traces of Franklin’s party, but Lt. Schwatka, an officer in the third US Cavalry, was the first to adopt Eskimo ways - hunting reindeer and fishing through the ice, dressing in native clothes and building igloos in order to survive the harsh conditions. This is a facsimile of the 1881 edition and tells a remarkable story. Illustrated with woodcuts and a double-page coloured map, the book is bound in an attractive pictorial binding. A U.S. CAVALRY OFFICER IN SEARCH OF FRANKLIN RELICS & RECORDS.


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