THE OPEN POLAR SEA: A NARRATIVE OF A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY TOWARDS THE NORTH POLE
Book Details + Condition: David McKay (Philadelphia, PA), 1885. Hardcover. 454 pages. Volume by American explorer and physician Isaac Israel Hayes on early exploration of the North Pole and the Arctic Ocean. Telling the story of an expedition led by Hayes on the schooner "United States" in 1860, the book begins with the plans and funding of the trip, then describes the variety of places visited by the crew, including the landscapes, indigenous people, flora and fauna, climate and weather, and more, ending with the trip home to Boston, Massachusetts in 1861. Illustrations by American artist F.O.C. Darley featured throughout, including a frontispiece depicting a bear hunt. Dark green cloth binding with gilt text and embossed graphics to spine and cover. Firm binding; rubbed corners and edges; rubbing to spine ends; light wear to boards; interior is clean and free of markings, save old stickers and name to inside front board.