. 1st.ed., 1970. 224 pp., 14 plates, 1 map + map & chart e.p’s. D.j., 21 x 14cm. FINE. A biography of an outstanding figure of the 18th and 19th centuries - Sir John Barrow – who began life as a deckhand aboard a whaler and an apprentice to a Liverpool iron-founder. Barrow’s rise was meteoric as he became a Fellow of the Royal Society and a founder of the Royal Geographical Society. He lent his name to remote places like Barrow strait and Point Barrow in Alaska, and was the prime mover in the great renaissance of polar exploration achieved in the voyages of Ross, Parry and Franklin. Barrow was also responsible for the reform of naval administration and with one short break (1806-7) he served as Secretary of the Admiralty from 1804 to 1845, linking the days of Nelson with the Victorian era.