The first traversal of the North-west Passage.
Even though it was intended as a rescue voyage seeking Franklin survivors, and (by explicit orders) not a voyage of discovery, its men were the first to travel all the way through the passage. The Investigator was abandoned en route in June 1853 and the men rescued at Melville Island by H. M. S. Resolute. In 1855 the captain and crew of the Investigator were granted the £10,000 Parliamentary award for crossing the Northwest Passage.
M’Clure was appointed commander of the Investigator as part of the Bering Strait Franklin Search expedition commanded by Captain Collinson aboard H. M. S. Enterprise. The two ships separated early in the voyage and whilst pursuing parallel paths for almost half of the five years duration of the search, never actually met again.
First edition. 8vo, xix, [1 (blank)], 405, [1 (imprint)] pp., with 4 plates (each with tissue guard) and a large folding map, backed onto fine linen; occasional spotting, very few leaves formerly dog-eared, causing loss to pp. 53 and 55; near contemporary blue half-calf with cloth sides, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, gilt red straight-grained morocco lettering-piece in one, top-edge gilt, marbled endpapers; rubbed at extremities, a few marks to boards, otherwise an excellent copy.
Books on Ice, 3.15; Hill 1122; Lada-Mocarski 145; S & T 3451 (later edition).
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