Very Good. Item #5966
London: Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878. First Edition with no additional printings noted. Octavo; xx, 440pp +6pp ads. 6 plates including frontis with tissue guard, two double-page color flag illustrations, and one fold-out map, all present. Includes appendices of amusements, game obtained, drying-room regulations, winter routine, and some general statistics. Blue publisher's binding with black- and gilt- stamped illustration.
Boards bumped at corners with some rubbing down joints and lightly along edges. Spine a bit faded and a bit rolled. Hinges cracking between endpapers but secure. Small tear to fold-out map where attached with some tape repair to back. Small bookseller's ticket of Hatchards of Picadilly, London at bottom of front pastedown. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is sound. Pages unmarked. Smells pleasantly of cigars.
Markham was an explorer and former Royal Navy officer who wrote numerous books about his adventures at sea. He was second-in-command of the HSM alert under Sir George Strong Nares during the British Arctic Expedition, leading a party to the highest latitude achieved at the time, but fell short of the North Pole. Markham also notably is credited for discovering two bords -- the waved albatross and Markham's storm petrel -- and for designing the flag of New Zealand.
[Arctic Bibliography 1096].