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* BACK, George, Sir (1796-1878). Narrative of an Expedition in H.M.S. Terror, undertaken with a view to Geographical Discovery on The Arctic Shores, in the years 1836-7. London: John Murray, 1838.
8vo (213 x 134 mm). Engraved linen-backed chart of Hudson's Strait (slight offsetting and spotting on verso), 12 lithographic plates. (Light occasional browning or offsetting). Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked to style). Provenance: Unidentified armorial bookplate.
FIRST EDITION of Back's account of his final Arctic voyage. Back was commissioned to complete the survey of the coast between Prince Regent's Inlet and Turnagain Point but the Terror was beset by ice for nearly a year (August 1837-July 1837), drifting in the pack off northeast Southampton Island. Arctic Bibliography 850; Hill 44; Ricks p.30; Sabin 2617; TPL 2033.