franklin's remains discovered

SIMMONDS, Peter Lund. The Arctic Regions and Polar Discoveries During the Nineteenth Century: With the Discoveries Made by Captain McClintock as to the Fate of the Franklin Expedition.

London, Routledge, Warne, and Routledge. 1860.


Small 8vo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered and ornamented in gilt; pp. [3, advertisements], xi, 294, 6, [4, advertisements]; large folding lithographic map with the location of Franklin's remains marked in red, map and title with a few minor spots and one repaired tear, otherwise a very good copy; contemporary school prize bookplate inside front cover.

This is the first edition of this popular history of Arctic exploration to contain the report of McClintock's expedition and discovery of the remains of Franklin's expedition; therefore very rare. This ninth edition of Simmonds' book has a preface dated November 24, 1859 (two months after McClintock's return from the Arctic), and on pages 241 to the end of the volume is an account of the Franklin search expedition and their findings.

Simmonds was a writer on the sciences and manufacturing and a well-connected journalist, who managed to get news of importance almost immediately. The arrival of McClintock's expedition and their findings must have instigated to rewrite parts of the Arctic Regions and Polar Discoveries, a book which had appeared first in 1851, focussing on Franklin's fate.