[Set of Nine Plates.] Series of Fourteen Sketches Made During the Voyage Up the Wellington Channel... Loss of the McLellan. [&] H.M.S Assistance and Pioneer in Winter Quaters. Returning Daylight. [&] Perilous Position of H.M.S Assistance and Pioneer, on the Evening of the 12th October 1853, Disaster Bay. [&] Pl.s VIII & IX_Division of Sledges Finding and Cutting a Road through Heavy Hummocks, in the Queen's Channel. [&] Division of Sledges Passsing Cape Lady Franklin; Extraordinary Masses of Ice Pressed Against the North Shore of Bathurst Land. [&] Sledges in a Fresh Fair Wind, Going Over Hummocky Ice. [&] Encamping for the Night. [&] Franklin Relics Brought by Dr. Rae.
Comm.r. W.W.May, del. Day & Son Lith.rs to the Queen.
London: Published May 1, 1855, By Day and Son, Lithographers to the Queen. 6-7-8-9, Gate Street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields.
Nine of 14 tinted lithographs with letterpress in wrappers, very rare. Sheet: 370 x 280mm (14½ x 11"). Foxing, wrappers torn and worn. Nine of 14 plates from Walter William May's 'Series of Fourteen Sketches Made During the Voyage up Wellington Channel in Search of Sir John Franklin' with wrappers, list of over 240 subscribers and descriptions of the plates. Sir Edward Belcher led five ships to the Arctic in the largest and last naval search for Sir John Franklin and the crews of the 'Erebus' and 'Terror', missing from an earlier expedition seeking the Northwest Passage. Though they were unable to rescue Franklin they rescued the crew of HMS Investigator under the command of Robert McClure which had become stuck during an earlier rescue expedition. Four out of the five vessels were abandoned in pack ice, for which Belcher was court-martialled, but acquitted. Plates 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. 14.
Abbey Travel 646.
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