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This striking image titled Critical Position of HMS Investigator on the North Coast of Baring Island is among the best known plates from Samuel Gurney Cresswell’s A Series of Eight Sketches… of the HMS Investigator, Capt. M’Clure, during the Discovery of the North West Passage.

Published in large atlas folio form in 1854, the map and eight plates depict events in the progress of a West-East expedition from the Bering Strait to the Davis Strait in 1850-53. The wreck of the Investigator, abandoned by McClure and his men after it was crushed by ice, was located by Canadian archaeologists in 2010.

This copy, rated by Castlecomer, Ireland, auctioneer Fonsie Mealy as extremely fine, edged past the high estimate to sell at €24,000 (£20,160) on December 13.

Tall and thin, as befits the subject matter, the very rare work shown here is a 1760, third, enlarged edition of The Plate-Glass Book…

In Toovey’s book sale in West Sussex on October 4 this copy, in a bumped, scuffed, rubbed and now splitting, but nonetheless original calf binding, was bid to £380.

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