The Cruise of the Corwin, Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in Search of De Long and the Jeannette

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917.

Hardcover. Near fine. First edition, with 1917 date on title page. 278 pp, with index and appendices (glaciation of the arctic regions; botanical notes). 23 plates, (including one map), most from sketches by author. Original gray cloth binding, with illustration of the Corwin mounted on the front board. Some light spotting to spine, rubbing to mounted illustration. Binding sound, contents clean. No dust jacket. Kimes (347): "In the spring of 1881, Muir was invited by Captain L. Hooper, in command of the revenue steamer Thomas Corwin, to join an expedition to Alaska and the far north in search of clues for the steamer Jeanette and two whalers that had been missing since was also to be a scientific expedition....During the cruise, Muir kept a daily journal and wrote 21 letters to the San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin. This book is composed of those letters, supplmented with unpublished additions from his journal, and further expanded with the inclusion of two articles he had written for the expedition's official reports." Includes much description of the landscape (including a first landing on Wrangel Island); history of whaling wrecks in the Pt. Barrow region; notes on Northern Alaskan Eskimos, vegetation, birds, etc. (Arctic Bibliography 11838).

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