Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Greely's Arctic Expedition

    Adolphus W. Greely. Three Years of Arctic Service An Account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-84 and the Attainment of the Farthest North. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886.

    First edition. Two octavo volumes. xxv, 428; xii, 444 pages. Illustrated. Engraved portrait of Greely used as frontispiece in Volume I. Maps, including one folding at the end of Volume II, and one map in a pocket mounted to the rear pastedown of Volume II. The map in the pocket has been rebacked with cloth but has sadly split into several sections at the folds.

    A mated set, uniformly rebound in tan cloth with paper title labels mounted to the spine of each volume. Replaced endpapers and pastedowns. Small library withdrawal stamps and perforations on the preliminary pages of Volume II. Slight lean to Volume I. Externally fine, Volume I with small dampstain at the edge of several pages, else a handsome restored set in very good condition.

    This is Greely's own story as commander of the Arctic Expedition commissioned by the U.S. government to establish meteorological observation stations and to collect astronomical and polar magnetic data. Though Greely's expedition attained the farthest northern point to that time, his expedition had to be rescued, but only after his men had endured severe conditions, allegedly resorting to cannibalism to survive.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2011
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 452

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 September 21 - 22 The David and Janice Frent Collection Presidential &  Political Americana, Part VI Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 September 21 - 22 The David and Janice Frent Collection Presidential & Political Americana, Part VI Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $648,838