Online Exhibit: “Ice, A Victorian Romance” (Rare Books and Journals at the Linda Hall Library)

Linda Hall Library – “When a whaling captain pointed out in 1817 that the Greenland ice was very sparse that year, it occurred to the Admiralty that this might be a good time to renew that centuries-old search for a Northwest Passage to the Orient.  So the Navy sent off two small expeditions, neither of which was particularly fruitful.  But the idea was a great success.  More ships followed the first, and other expeditions were dispatched overland.  Some achieved partial success, others were near disasters or total failures, but for each expedition, a narrative was published.”

Ice: A Victorian Romance, is an exhibition of fifty-five rare books and journals, which were originally displayed at the Linda Hall Library, May 1-September 13, 2008. The online exhibition duplicates the physical exhibit, with the inclusion of additional images.”  The exhibit home, table of contents, and bibliographic index provides links to the manuscript and image collections organized by “initial encounters,” “private ventures to the arctic,” “voyages to antarctica,” “the search for Franklin,” and more.

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Linda Hall Library Bookstore: Exhibit Catalogue

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