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MACGAHAN, Januarius Aloysius.

Under the Northern Lights.

With Illustrations by G.R. de Wilde.

Published: London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876

Stock code: 109127

Price: £2,250

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First edition. Uncommon, with just 10 locations on Copac. An account of the voyage made by Sir Allen William Young “with the object of assisting the government Arctic expedition which set out in May 1875 under the command of George Strong Nares. Young took his steam yacht Pandora, with a crew of thirty-one men, to Baffin Bay. He tried to make the north-west passage, but was stopped by heavy ice in Peel Strait. On the return journey he picked up George Nares’s dispatches from the Carey Islands, bringing home the latest news of Nares’s expedition” (ODNB). Young was later knighted for his services in connection with Nares’s expedition. The author was a well-known American war correspondent who had made his name with his despatches from the Franco-Prussian War, his account of Skobelev’s annexation of Khiva, and later for his reporting of the Turkish atrocities against the Bulgarians in 1876 and the Russo-Turkish was of 1877-8. MacGahan is still remembered in Bulgaria for his rôle in the fight for Bulgarian independence, with a street and a school in the capital, Sofia, named for him.

Octavo (213 136 mm). Contemporary dark blue half morocco, marbled boards and endpapers, title gilt direct to the spine, fouled anchor devices to the compartments, single gilt rule to the spine and corner edges. Wood-engraved frontispiece and 7 other similar plates, illustrations to the text, folding coloured map. Bound with the half-title. Slightly rubbed and with some restoration at the spine, light browning throughout, very good.

Bibliography: Hentze V, p.556; Howgego, IV, Y2.

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