1859 Arrowsmith Map of Nunavut, Baffin's Bay, Search for Franklin Expedition Remains

Map of a portion of the Arctic shores of America to accompany Captn. McClintock's narrative. - Main View

1859 Arrowsmith Map of Nunavut, Baffin's Bay, Search for Franklin Expedition Remains


Tracking down the lost Franklin Expedition.


Map of a portion of the Arctic shores of America to accompany Captn. McClintock's narrative.
  1859 (dated)     19.5 x 14 in (49.53 x 35.56 cm)     1 : 3000000


An intricate map of the waters and islands of Nunavut in northeastern Canada, near Greenland, tracing the lost 'Franklin Expediton'. It was produced by John Arrowsmith in 1859 for Captain Francis McClintock's The Voyage of the 'Fox' in the Arctic Seas: A Narrative of the discovery of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his companions.
A Closer Look
Covering the northern portion of Nunavut, from Bathurst Island to Baffin's Bay in the north, and in the south from the border region between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories to Southampton Island, this map tracks the supposed route of the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin (1845 - 1848) as well as the route of McClintock's voyage a decade later. At top-right is an inset of Bellot Strait, which McClintock attempted to explore but decided against out of safety concerns. Islands, points, mountains, rivers, and other features are noted throughout.
McClintock's expedition took place in 1857. By this time, the Admiralty and the wider British public knew of the sad fate of Franklin's Expedition from several earlier relief expeditions, especially John Rae's 1853 - 1854 voyage. However, Rae's methods and conclusion were not widely accepted, in part because his Inuit informants suggested that the survivors of Franklin's crew had engaged in cannibalism before themselves starving to death. Thus, McClintock was dispatched with a small crew on a private voyage financed by Franklin's widow, Lady Jane Franklin, on July 1, 1857, to seek out evidence of the expedition's fate. Like Rea, McClintock benefitted greatly from information provided by the Inuit, who were able to direct them to a cairn, inside which was a message providing basic information on the desertion of Franklin's icebound ships and some of the subsequent difficulties encountered, including the death of Franklin himself. Though preceded by Rae, McClintock provided greater detail, especially on Franklin's own relatively early death, and was considered the true discoverer of the expedition's fate. Hailed as heroes, McClintock was knighted and his men rewarded for their efforts.
Publication History and Census
This map was compiled by John Arrowsmith for Francis McClintock's The Voyage of the 'Fox' in the Arctic Seas: A Narrative of the discovery of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his companions. First published in 1859 by John Murray in London, the present map appeared in the first American edition, published in 1860 by Ticknor and Fields in Boston. The present map from the American edition is only independently cataloged by the Library and Archives Canada, while the map as it appeared in the first British edition is held by the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, the University of Michigan, Cornell University, and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. In either case, McClintock's entire work is more widely distributed in academic institutions.


Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823), John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), and Samuel Arrowsmith. The Arrowsmith family were noted map engravers, publishers, geographers, and cartographers active in the late 18th and early 19th century. The Arrowsmith firm was founded by Aaron Arrowsmith, who was trained in surveying and engraving under John Cary and William Faden. Arrowsmith founded the Arrowsmith firm as a side business while employed by Cary. The firm specialized in large format individual issue maps containing the most up to date and sophisticated information available. Arrowsmith's work drew the attention of the Prince of Wales who, in 1810, named him Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales, and subsequently, in 1820, Hydrographer to the King. Aaron Arrowsmith was succeeded by two sons, Aaron and Samuel, who followed him in the map publication business. The Arrowsmith firm eventually fell to John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), nephew of the elder Aaron. John was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society. The firm is best known for their phenomenal large format mappings of North America. Mount Arrowsmith, situated east of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is named for Aaron Arrowsmith and his nephew John Arrowsmith. More by this mapmaker...

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McClintock, F.L., The Voyage of the 'Fox' in the Arctic Seas: A Narrative of the discovery of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his companions, (Boston: Ticknor and Fields) 1860.    


Good. Small areas of soiling. Wear and light toning along fold lines.


OCLC 1007201173.