BIOGRAPHY OF ELISHA KENT KANE

(Philadelphia and Boston: Childs & Peterson; Phillip, Sampson & Co., 1858).

FIRST EDITION IN PLEASING CONDITION. Kane was an American explorer, and a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin. He was present at the discovery of Franklin's first winter camp.
Kane had been appointed senior medical officer of the Grinnell Arctic expedition of 1850–1851 under the command of Edwin de Haven, which searched unsuccessfully for the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin. During this expedition, the crew discovered Sir John Franklin's first winter camp. Kane then organized and headed the Second Grinnell expedition which sailed from New York on May 31, 1853, and wintered in Rensselaer Bay. Though suffering from scurvy, and at times near death, he pushed on and charted the coasts of Smith Sound and the Kane Basin, penetrating farther north than any other explorer had done up to that time. At Cape Constitution he discovered the ice-free Kennedy Channel, later followed by Isaac Israel Hayes, Charles Francis Hall, Augustus Greely, and Robert E. Peary in turn as they drove toward the North Pole. Item #29190

First Edition. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait of Kane, an engraved title-page and a number of full-page engravings throughout. 8vo, publisher's original brown cloth, the covers elaborately blocked in blind, the spine lettered in gilt. [2 ads.], [2]; 416, [2 ads.] pp. A bright and handsome copy, very well preserved.

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