The World of Ice; or, the Whaling Cruise of "The Dolphin", and the Adventures of her crew in the Polar Regions.
BALLANTYNE Robert Michael (1873.)
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7 engraved plates, 8vo., original green blind stamped cloth boards with pictorial gilt titles to spine, just slightly rubbed, spotting to front free endpaper, a very good copy. 315pp. London, T. Nelson,
Ballantyne spent five years as a young man in the Canadian Arctic employed by the Hudson Bay Fur Company, so would have drawn at least partially from personal experience when writing this Boy's Own style adventure tale of whaling, Esquimaux, Arctic hunting and all things in between. In the wake of the highly publicised Franklin Expedition and subsequent search parties, Victorian audiences were hungry for "tales of manly boys in exotic locations [...] which opened to young readers the imperial prospect of a wide world to explore and exploit" (ODNB) - Ballantyne's fiction serves this with a healthy dose of Victorian morality, and a pleasingly detailed insight into Arctic conditions and wildlife.
Stock Code: 224471