Washington: Government Printing Office, 1876. First. hardcover. Edited under the direction of the Hon. G. M. Robeson, Secretary of the Navy. 2 steel engraved frontispieces, 30 wood engraved plates, 6 maps, 2 photolithographs. 696pp. 4to, original red cloth, spine expertly recased with most of original backstrip, edges of corners worn, cloth lightly soiled, light foxing to a Frontis., inner hinges strengthened. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1876. First Edition. good.
Internally a tight, bright copy. The expedition lasted from 1871 to 1873. In 1871, the Polaris reached the most northerly point in the Arctic Ocean yet reached by a ship. While conducting scientific investigations, Charles Francis Hall had a stroke and died on November 8, 1871. The crew separated into two parts. One part built a house from wood of the Polaris, wintered in the Arctic, and then were rescued. The other part of the crew drifted 1300 miles on the ice-pack and were rescued.