DescriptionE. Vale Blake [editor]. Arctic Experiences: Containing Capt. George E. Tyson's Wonderful Drift on the Ice-Floe, A History of the Polaris Expedition, The Cruise of the Tigress, And Rescue of the Polaris Survivors. To Which is Added a General Arctic Chronology. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874.
First edition. Octavo. 486 pages plus ads. Seventy-six engravings; one full-page map. Arctic scene frontispiece with tissue guard. Appendix. Index.
Somewhat soiled russet cloth over boards. Dulled gilt spine and pictorial cover. Binding worn along edges and at corners; head and foot of spine frayed. Hinges starting. Contents sturdy; else, good.
First-hand account of the problem-plagued Polaris Expedition which set sail in 1871 to explore the North Pole. Not only did the expedition's crew have to deal with mutiny and accusations of murder, it also had to contend with the abandonment of the Polaris when the ship became trapped in ice, leaving many of the crew marooned on an ice floe for months before being rescued.
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