Edinburgh: A.& C. Black, 1861. First edition. Hardcover. A chronological history of polar exploration, ending with the Franklin search expeditions of 1847-1859. There are additional chapters on polar currents, vegetation, temperature, zoology, geology, Esquimaux, the physical geography of the Antarctic regions, &c.
8vo, ix, 400 pp, folding map. Period full calf presentation binding, with oval gilt medallion at front board, all edges marbled. Cracks at top of spine and front board, front board detached and present. Neat bookplate, small lithograph illustration laid down at rear paste down, fox spotting & some separations in fold of map.
Spence 970; Arctic Bib. 14501; Sabin 71030; TPL 3932. Good + condition. Item #25093