Capt.Back’s Narrative of the Voyage of H.M.S. Terror 1836.7; First Edition, 1838
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Used, first edition, first issue 1838.
456pp. + 12pp. (publisher’s catalogue of New Books dated July, 1838)pp. Uncut Octavo in original blind stamped blue cloth. 12 plates (including frontispiece) and folding map (at end, 10 cm. tear on interior edge starting at centre fold). Uncut pages and original tissue guards, (excepting first), protecting lithographs.
HMS Terror was a bomb vessel constructed for the Royal Navy in 1813. She participated in several battles of the War of 1812, including the bombardment of Fort McHenry. Later converted into a polar exploration ship, she participated in George Back‘s Arctic expedition of 1836–1837, the Ross expedition of 1839 to 1843, and Sir John Franklin‘s ill-fated attempt to force the Northwest Passage in 1845, during which she was lost with all hands along with HMS Erebus.
On 12 September 2016, the Arctic Research Foundation announced that the wreck of Terror had been found in Nunavut‘s Terror Bay, off the southwest coast of King William Island. The wreck was discovered 92 km (57 mi) south of the location where the ship was reported abandoned, and some 50 km (31 mi) from the wreck of HMS Erebus, discovered in 2014.
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