The Voyage of the "Fox" in the Arctic Seas. A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and His Companions.

London: John Murray, 1859.

Price: $800.00


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First Edition. 2 folding maps (1 by Arrowsmith showing the tracks of the expedition, hand colored and housed in the rear pocket; 1 showing 2 charts), folding geological map, folding plate of the Record Found of Franklin's Expedition, 15 wood-engraved plates. xxviii, 403pp., plus [iii]pp. ads. 1 vols. 8vo. Original gilt-stamped blue cloth, recased. Sabin 43043; Artic Bibliography 10555; Staton & Tremain 391; Books on Ice 3.16; Hill 1121.

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McClintock's 1857-59 expedition aboard the Fox to King William Island was sponsored by Lady Franklin. "On 22 October 1854... the Arctic explorer John Rae arrived back in England with the first certain intelligence of the fate of Sir John Franklin's expedition. The Admiralty was satisfied of the truth of the news and took no action to confirm it, but Lady Franklin determined on a search expedition. For this purpose she bought the yacht Fox and had her fitted out, principally at her own cost, giving the command to McClintock, who, like the other officers of the expedition, offered his services gratuitously" (ODNB).

Drawn from M'Clintock's day-to-day journal his work records among other portions of the expedition the voyage to Greenland, the drift in the ice pack from Melville Bay through Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, and the wintering at Port Kennedy. In the Spring of 1859, after securing several Franklin relics from Eskimos, the expedition found a boat belonging to Franklin with a note left by his men describing their fate. A facsimile of the note appears in the book and an appendix lists the relics of the Franklin Expedition. "Building on the work of John Rae and other Franklin searches, McClintock rightly can claim the distinction of discovering the true fate of Franklin" (Books on Ice).