Auction 114, Lot 112

"Chart Showing The Recent Search for a North-West Passage. Also the Coast Explored in Search of Sir John Franklin, Between the Years 1848 and 1854", Morse, Sidney Edwards

Subject: Canada

Period: 1856 (published)


Color: Printed Color

14.5 x 10.3 inches
36.8 x 26.2 cm

Fascinating map that details the efforts to locate John Franklin who, in 1845, set out to find the Northwest Passage with 134 men in two ships, Erebus and Terror. They were last seen in July 1847 waiting to enter the ice of Baffin Bay. Lady Franklin was politically connected and encouraged an extensive search for her husband. No fewer than 32 vessels were sent out by England to search for them and it was not until 1854 that the first clues emerged as to the fate of the expedition. The map shows the positions and tracks of numerous ships and explorers including Capt. Collinson, Lt. De Haven, Dr. Kane, the ships HMS Phoenix and Investigator. Locates the position where the Resolute and Intrepid were abandoned in 1854. Large inset "Discoveries in and North of Wellington Channel…" Insets show the HMS Phoenix, a polar bear, ice hummocks and "The Three Graves at Beechey I."


Condition: B

Good impression, full margins, and light original coloring. A little foxing, mostly at upper right, else very good.

Estimate: $70 - $100

Sold for: $120

Closed on 3/1/2006