Item #65938 The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeanette. Arctic Expedition, John Muir, Ed. William Frederic Bade.

The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeanette

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, November, 1917. First edition, later printing. Hardcover. 278pp. Octavo [21 cm] Light greenish gray cloth covered boards with white ink stamped titles, and an illustrated paper label of the USRC Corwin in ice flows mounted to the front cover. Top edge gilt. Many drawings from sketches by John Muir. Light rubbing and soiling to the extremities. Image on front slightly offset. Front pastedown a little soiled. Sporadic mild foxing to pages, including the frontispiece, tissue guard, and title page. All illustrated plates present. With the bookplate of Elmer Truesdale Merrill on the front pastedown. Merrill (1838-1914) was an American classical scholar of Latin works. He was a long standing academic professor of Latin and became one of the foremost experts in Latin. Kimes 348. BAL 14775. Very Good. Item #65938

John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early supporter of the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books recounting his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His writings and advocacy to Congress led to the establishment of Yosemite as a National Park in 1890. In 1903, on a trip to Yosemite with President Theodore Roosevelt, he described the State's mismanagement and exploitation of the National Park and pressed for Federal control, and in 1905, Yosemite was expanded and placed under the control of the Department of Interior.

The USRC Thomas Corwin was one of several Pacific Revenue Cutters based in San Francisco and assigned to the assigned to the Alaskan waters. The annual cruise of 1881, under the command of Captain Calvin Hooper, was to visit and resupply settlements, search for the De Long expedition in the "Jeanette" as well as lost whalers, and continue the scientific studies of the Arctic.

Price: $250.00