Digital reprint paperback from the Cambridge Library Collection. The original volume was dated 1853.
William Kennedy (April 1814 - January 25, 1890) was born at Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, a son of the Hudson's Bay Company Chief Factor, Alexander Kennedy and his English/Cree wife, Aggathas Margaret (Mary) Bear, daughter of Philip Turnor a cartographer for the HBC.
Kennedy was commander of Lady Franklin's sponsored expedition in 1851 to find her husband, Sir John Franklin, using the ketch Prince Albert. While the expedition did not find Franklin, it did acquire substantial knowledge of the Canadian Arctic. Because of his preparedness, leadership: adapting the dress and survival techniques of the Inuit peoples, bringing a custom made kayak for independent travel away from the ship, stopping in Greenland to purchase a dog sled team, asking the locals of the best routes and information of the area. They returned to Britain in October 1852 without losing any men and recorded the flora, fauna and cartography of the area.
Good condition. Stamped inside as 'rejected / damaged'. There is no visible damage. (A similar volume also stamped 'damaged' had a minor misprint on the first page.)