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Arctic Ordeal. The Journal of John Richardson, Surgeon-Naturalist with Franklin 1820-1822
Author: Richardson, John
Reference #: 1259
Status: For Sale
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McGill-Queen’s University Press, Kingston and Montreal, 1985 . Edited by C. Stuart Houston; Illustrated by H. Albert Hochbaum; Appendixes by Johan W. Thomson (Lichenology) and Walter O. Kupsch (Geology); Foreword by W. Gillies Ross, then of Bishop’s University. Quarto (10.75”), [xxx] + 349 pp., including Maps, Tables, Notes, Bibliography; Appendixes and Index. Franklin’s later expedition of 1845, from which he never returned, has been much in the popular mind of late as a result of the discovery of the remains of this tragedy. Richardson’s journal comes from his earlier, first expedition, from which only nine men returned. In this journal, Richardson “records the daily round of making cmap, collecting specimens, and logging observations. He recounts the long trek north into unexplored territory, the men laden with heavy packs, and the descent of the turbulent Coppermine River in fragile birchbark canoes.” This work was the first publication of this material, and is notable not only as history of an heroic trek, but the knowledge one gleans from Richardson’s observations as a naturalist. Front free endpaper excised, Else a Very Good copy. The dustwrapper of thin, translucent paper has been rippled, especially on the back panel. Still a more-than-acceptable reading copy.
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