Rare separately issued map of Arctic discoveries
By ARROWSMITH, John, 1851
Discoveries in the Arctic Sea between Baffin Bay & Melville Island; shewing the coasts explored on the ice, by Captn. Ommanney & the officers of the expeditions under the command of Captain H.T. Austin R.N.C.B. and Captain W. Penny; also by the Honble. Hudson’s Bay Co’s expedition under the command of Rear Admiral Sir John Ross C.B. in search of Sir John Franklin. 1850–51. Drawn from official documents by John Arrowsmith.
- Author: ARROWSMITH, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: John Arrowsmith
- Publication date: 1851.
- Physical description: Engraved map with original hand colour, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into original green cloth slipcase with publisher’s label.
- Dimensions: 465 by 700mm. (18.25 by 27.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 14721
Sir John Franklin departed from England in 1845 aiming to traverse the last uncharted section of the Northwest Passage: he and his crew were never seen again by Europeans. It was assumed that both of his ships became trapped in the ice surrounding King William Island. Since 1848, and throughout the nineteenth century, several expeditions were undertaken in search of Franklin and his expedition. The search for Franklin and his expedition became a popular unsolved mystery, expressed by his Victorian contemporaries in poems, novels, and maps, as here.
In 2014 and 2016 the wrecks of Franklin’s two vessels ‘Terror’ and ‘Erebus’ were eventually found by Canadian search teams.
Rare OCLC records six institutional examples. We are only able to trace one auction record: Sotheby’s 2014, Franklin Brooke Hitching sale