Ten Coloured Views taken during the Arctic Expedition of Her Majesty's Ships
BROWNE, WILLIAM HENRY.
Ten Coloured Views taken during the Arctic Expedition of Her Majesty's Ships "Enterprise" and "Investigator," under the Command of Captain Sir James C. Ross ... With A Summary of the Various Arctic Expeditions in Search of Captain John Franklin... and his Companions in H. M. Ships "Erebus" and "Terror."
London: Ackermann and Co., 1850. Folio (370 x 275 mm). 8 pp. Comprising letterpress title and double column text in French and English. 10 tinted lithographs by Charles Hague after drawings by W.H. Browne on 7 sheets, old half vellum over marbled boards, morocco title-piece on upper cover, original wrapper title bound in.
A FINE COPY OF THIS EXCELLENT PICTORIAL RECORD OF THE FIRST VOYAGE IN SEARCH OF THE DOOMED FRANKLIN EXPEDITION.
'Some forty expeditions, both official and private, joined the search... during the years 1848 to 1859.' (Ann Savours The Search for the North West Passage [London:1999],p.190). Sir John Franklin's final expedition had been seen last in July 1845. By '1848 a strong expression of the necessity of ascertaining some intelligence of Sir John Franklin induced the Government to set on foot three... expeditions to proceed by various routes in search of the absent voyagers. The principal of these expeditions was that under Sir James Clark Ross, and was commissioned to follow as closely as possible the supposed track of Sir John Franklin. It consisted of H.M.S. Enterprise... and H.M.S. Investigator, commanded by Captain Bird... They sailed... on 12th May, 1848... They were off Uppernavik on the 13th July, and on 28th August off Cape Liverpool, at the entrance to Lancaster Sound, and nothing was heard of their subsequent proceedings ... until their unlooked for return off Scarborough, on 3rd November, 1848' (p.6 of Summary). Browne served on board the Investigator, and in addition to producing the present views, lead one of the four search parties sent out by Ross during the short spring of 1849. Browne returned to the Arctic in May 1850 on the expedition led by Captain Austin. The first indications of the fate of Franklin and his men were found by this expedition on 23 August 1850.
Abbey Travel II.637; Arctic Bibliography 2344; Sabin 8678 (or 73366); cf.Savours The Search for the North-West Passage p.190; Staton & Tremaine 3047.