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INGLEFIELD, Edward Augustus, Sir (1820–1894). A Summer Search for Sir John Franklin; With a Peep into the Polar Basin. London: Thomas Harrison, 1853.

8vo. (Some occasional marginal soiling or spotting, final textual leaf repaired at gutter and at top edge). Half–title, 3 (of 4) lithograph plates (lacking folding panorama; also lacking the folding map; both supplied in facsimile). (Some spotting to plates). Original blind–stamped blue cloth, gilt–lettered spine (recased with reinforced ends, spine and extremes darkened).

FIRST EDITION. “In 1852 Inglefield commanded Lady Franklin’s private steamer, Isabel, in a summer expedition to the Arctic [seven years after Franklin had left on his ill–fated search for the fabled Northwest Passage], and looked into Smith Sound for the first time since it had been named by William Baffin. On his return he published A Summer Search for Sir John Franklin (1853), was elected FRS (2 June 1853), was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society, and the silver medal of the Paris Geographical Society, and was presented with a diamond snuff-box by Napoleon III” (ODNB). Abbey, Travel 642; Arctic Bibliography 7716; NMM 920; Sabin 34758.

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