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BACK, Capt. [George] Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of The Great Fish River, and Along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the years 1833, 1834, and 1835.
London. John Murray. 1836.
8vo. 21.3cm, The First Edition, x,[1], 663,p., with 16 engraved plates and a rear folding map, in contemporary full dark blue calf, gilt ruled raised bands, gilt border and center panel decorations, crushed crimson morocco label, double ruled borders on the boards, marbled endpapers and edges, about normal foxing on the plates, a very good to fine copy in attractive binding. (cgc) A.B. 851. T.P.L. 477. Lande 935. Sabin 2613. Wagner- Camp 58b:1. Streeter 3705. - Back, who had been on both Franklin expeditions, was sent out to locate Ross, who had been unreported through three winters. News of Ross's safe return reached Back in April 1833 and he then pursued the expedition's secondary objectives. These were, firstly, to navigate the length of a river supposedly arising in the neighbourhood of the Great Slave Lake and running north to the Arctic Sea, and then, secondly, to map as much as possible of the seacoast. He was successful in both objectives, travelling 7,500 miles in total and traversing the full 440-mile length of the river (known as Thlueetessy' by the Indians). The Great Fish River, as Back named it, has since become known as The Back River.


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