New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. xv, 428; xii,444 pp, with 43 plates and many illustrations in the text; 9 maps (one double-page, one folding, one in rear pocket). Rebacked, with original cloth laid down. Some foxing throughout, pocket map neatly repaired; else a very good and attractive set. The expedition was commissioned to establish a chain of meteorological-observation stations and to collect astronomical and polar magnetic data. Members of the party achieved a new “farthest north” record and explored previously unknown parts of Greenland. When relief ships failed to reach them in 1882 and 1883, the men retreated southward, wintering at Cape Sabine with inadequate supplies. By the time rescuers arrived, only 6 of the original 25-man party survived. Greely’s narrative includes accounts of the battle with ice on the sea, sledge journeys, life of men in camp and on the march, and the geography of the territory explored. Includes appendices on atmospheric conditions, ethnology, ornithology, botany, land and sea mammals. Arctic Bibliography 6118.