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    Presentation Copy to Arctic Explorer
    Sir Edward Parry

    Robert Anstruther Goodsir. An Arctic Voyage to Baffin's Bay and Lancaster Sound, in Search of Friends with Sir John Franklin. London: John Van Voorst, 1850. First edition of one of the first published accounts of the search for the Franklin Expedition. Presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the half-title (rendering illegible an earlier ink inscription beneath it): "Sir Edward Parry / with the respectful compliments / of the Author." Octavo (7.8125 x 4.8125 inches; 198 x 122 mm.). viii, 152 pages plus eight publisher's advertisements, dated "London, March 1850" (tipped in). Tinted lithographed frontispiece, with tissue guard, and folding lithographed map, with the route outlined in red.
    Original slate blue morocco-grain cloth. Covers decoratively bordered in blind, spine decoratively stamped in blind and lettered in gilt (now mostly faded), yellow coated endpapers. Spine and top of boards slightly faded; cloth torn slightly and separating at head of spine; corners lightly bumped; front hinge starting; several gatherings sprung, but holding; endpapers discolored from pastedown glue. Bookplates removed from front pastedown. Frontispiece separating at gutter; slight offsetting from frontispiece onto title-page; two leaves in gathering G poorly opened. Aside from some light typical browning and a small stain in the upper margin of page 62, this is a clean copy, in very good condition. Early ink signature on front pastedown: "John Kinsman Tucker / Feb 7. 1858 / [flourish]" and additional ink inscription crossed out on the verso of the title-page: "Feb 19 1858."
    This narrative, based on the journal Goodsir kept during the 1849 voyage, gives a good description of the region, vividly describing the whaling process, the various dangers encountered, such as ice floes, icebergs, storms, and shipwrecks, as well as the wildlife observed, and interactions with the Inuit. Arctic Bibliography 5919. Sabin 27931.
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    "As year after year wore on, and still there came no intelligence" (Preface), Robert Anstruther Goodsir (1823-1895) joined William Penny as surgeon aboard the whaler Advice in 1849, in hopes of finding the missing Franklin Expedition. His brother "Harry" Goodsir, had been appointed assistant surgeon and naturalist aboard the Erebus in 1845. "Sailing in company with the whaler Truelove (Captain Parker), the two vessels lay whaling off Pond Inlet, Baffin Bay, until an Eskimo report that Franklin and his men had been seen alive was brought to Parker. The expedition then entered Lancaster Sound but ice prevented them from passing beyond Brodeur Peninsula" (Scott Polar Research Institute website). The following year, Goodsir was appointed surgeon on the HMS Lady Franklin on the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851, also under William Penny.



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