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Auction 164, Lot 96

"An Outline to Shew the Connected Discoveries of Captains Ross, Parry & Franklin, in the Years 1818, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23", Franklin, John [Rear Admiral Sir]

Subject: Canada

Period: 1823 (dated)

Publication: Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea

Color: Hand Color

18.1 x 14.4 inches
46 x 36.6 cm

This map charts the discoveries in the Arctic made by Ross, Parry, and Franklin at the beginning of the 19th century. William Edward Parry sailed under John Ross on his voyage of 1818, where Parry became sure that Baffin Bay would lead to the Northwest Passage. Ross had been chastised by the Admiralty for turning back too soon on the 1818 voyage, so Parry was given the command of the Hecla with Lieut. Matthew Liddon commanding the Griper for their voyage of 1819. Parry's subsequent voyage of 1819-20 continued his search of a Northwest Passage from the western part of Baffin Bay along Barrows' Strait to Melville Island and Liddon's Gulf, with an extension on the bottom of the map showing Prince Regents Inlet. Parry's expedition penetrated very far into the potential passage, so on the expedition's return in 1820, Parry was hailed as a hero and promoted to commander.

Sir John Franklin was a British explorer who joined the Navy in 1801 and fought in numerous battles, including the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1818 he was charged with leading an expedition over land from Hudson Bay to the mouth of the Coppermine River. On his first attempt he was forced to return home after only six months due to ice pack, but he set sail again in 1819 and was able to completed his journey in 1822. Unfortunately, the expedition was not well supplied, and Franklin lost half of his party due primarily to starvation. Franklin published his account in Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea. Published by John Murray and engraved by J. Walker. Printed on two sheets, joined.

References: Sabin #25625.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened with very light soiling, minor creasing, a couple of tiny fold separations, and a 2" tear at right that has been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/13/2017