BACK, George.

Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition


Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition
to the mouth of the Great Fish River, and along the shores of the Arctic Ocean in the years 1833, 1834, and 1835.
Murray, London, 1836.

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Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition

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Scarce in original cloth. “One of the finest travel books of the nineteenth century.”[Howgego].

Back, a British naval officer and accomplished artist, first served in the polar regions under John Franklin during the unsuccessful expedition of Captain David Buchanan in 1818. He served again under Franklin on further Arctic explorations in 1819-1822 and 1825-1827. This, his fourth expedition, which he commanded, was tasked with searching for Captain John Ross, but the news of Ross’s safe return allowed the party to travel into the Great Slave Lake and discover the Great Fish River, or Back River, and to map as much as possible of the coast. He travelled 7,500 miles, 1,200 of them over unknown territory.


First edition, 8vo., x, [ii], 663, [i]pp., 12 pages ads at end dated May 1836, folding map, 16 engraved plates, occasional light foxing, original cloth gilt, a fine example.


Wagner-Camp 58b; Field 64; Hill 42; Lande 935; Arctic Bib. 851; Sabin 2613; TPL 1873.


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