Facsimile Of The Illustrated Arctic News, Published On Board H.M.S. Resolute Capt'n Horatio T. Austin. C.B. In Search Of The Expedition Under Sir John Franklin; Dedicated By Special Permission The Lords Commissioners Of The Admiralty, By Their Lordships V
Osborn, Sherard & George F. McDougall (Editors)
Price: 3,200.00 USD
London: Ackermann & Co, 1852. 57 pages. Folio, 48 x 30 cm. Fifty seven lithographed pages with lithographed text in two columns, "With on full page chromolithograph `Grand Bal Masque'/H.M.S./Resolute/ Dec. 5,1850. Extra red applied by hand." [ABBEY TRAVEL 639]. There are one or more vignettes on every page, seven are hand colored. The first published edition of a manuscript newspaper issued on board a Franklin search vessel which found evidence of the expedition at a winter camp and graves on Beechy's Island. The 'newspaper' was produced (in acknowledged imitation of the Illustrated London News) by Osborn and McDougal with contributions from various other generally pseudonymous sources. The text gives a first hand insight into the life of the expedition: the daily routine, eye-witness accounts of the finding of the first evidence of Franklin's Erebus and Terror expedition, the various theatrical entertainments devised to ward off the tedium of the Arctic winter. SABIN 23609. "A curious and amusing production, lithographed with plates." Contents clean and fresh, chipping to text fore-edges. Orig. blind blocked blue imitation morocco cloth, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt. Very good.