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Lot 1009: Isaac Israel Hayes THE OPEN POLAR SEA 1867 Antique Arctic Exploration Nautical Color Maps Plates Frontispiece Portrait Schooner United States
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Open Polar Sea: Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery towards the North Pole, in the Schooner "United States."
Author: Isaac Israel Hayes - Isaac Israel Hayes (March 5, 1832 – December 17, 1881) was an Arctic explorer, physician and politician.
Publisher: Published by Hurd and Houghton
City: New York
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxiv/454 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: From the preface:
I have attempted little more than a personal narrative, endeavoring to select from my abundant notes such scenes and incidents of adventure as seemed to me . . . not merely the history of our voyage, but a general view of the Arctic regions.
Condition / Notes: This is the scarce first edition of this work. The antique volume is bound in the publisher's green pebbled cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering/ornamentation on the spine and a stamped gilt wolf device on the front cover. There is light shelf wear to the exterior, concentrated at the edges. The rear hinge is cracked. The frontispiece portrait depicts the author. There is a ship vignette on the title page. The pages show mild age toning and occasional light marginal spotting. The work is profusely illustrated with plates and color maps.
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