UPDATE: Ten Coloured Views of the Arctic Expedition 1850

Update! Update! Hear ye, Hear ye!

Part of this post is just copied from when I first wrote about this book, but we do have updates! We had The Arctic Expedition listed for around $6,000 on eBay for a while, and it did have some watchers. In fact, we had one offer of $3,000! Now, that’s a lot of money, but…. only 50% of our asking price. We declined, at which point it was decided that we should look into consigning it with Heritage Auctions. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are one of the larger online auction houses, and carry all sorts of items, not just books.

They made an informal estimate based on our description and photos, determined that they would be able to consign it (and include it in their catalog, have it on floor display, and all the rest). We sent the book to them, they made their formal estimate,… and the book is now listed on the Heritage Auction website, at a starting price of $2,500. Looks like there are already a handful of people tracking it! Heritage will be responsible for shipping and any mishaps that may occur, which is certainly a relief to Tom.

The Arctic Expedition is now available for proxy bidding, and will be until September 15th, when the auction goes live. It will be lovely to see the book sell, which we have every confidence of. And it has been, and will continue to be a learning experience for us!

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15th: The live auction was held today, and we were able to watch the live video feed for all the books Heritage was auctioning. It was fascinating – they make it super convenient to follow the bids and the image and description of the item is featured right next to the video. This books was #66, so it took around 45 minutes before it came up. We took a poll in the office as to how high it would go. Tom won, hands down, and even his estimate was low! The final, official value it sold for is $8,437.50! The bidding only went up to $6,750, but the buyer pays a 25% premium on top of that. Super exciting. Definitely the highest sale we’ve ever realized.


The following is taken directly from the original post, and make sure to scroll down to see the photos. Heritage has a few photos up, but I’ve got more :)

The full title, a beautiful example of the long flowery title the Victorians were so fond of. Gotta say, I prefer the flowers to the one- or two-syllable titles that are so in vogue these days:

Ten Coloured Views
taken during

The Arctic Expedition

of Her Majesty’s Ships “Enterprise” and “Investigator,”,
under the command of Captain Sir James C. Ross, R.N., KT., F.R.S.,
drawn by W.H. Browne, Esq., Lieut. R.N., Late of H.M.S. “Enterprise.”
On stone by Charles Haghe.

With A Summary of the Various Arctic Expeditions
Search Of Captain Sir John Franklin, K.T., K.C.H.,
and his companions in H.M. Ships “Erebus” and “Terror.”

Dedicated, by Special Permission, To The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

Ackerman & Co., 96, Strand,
by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, H.R.H. Prince Albert, H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent, and the Royal Family.


The plates:

  • Great Glacier Near Uppernavik, Greenland
  • Fiord Near Uppernavik
  • Ravine Near Port Leopold
  • The Bivouac, Cape Seppings, Leopold Island
  • North-East Cape of America, and Part of Leopold Island
  • Termination of the Cliffs, Near Whaler Point, Port Leopold
  • Prince Regent’s Inlet
  • Remarkable Apparance in the Sky Always Opposite the Sun
  • The Devil’s Thumb
  • Noon in Mid-Winter

The ship “Erebus” was only discovered in 2014 by “Ryan Harris, an underwater archeologist who was Parks Canada’s project lead for the 2014 search, announced the finding in September of an underwater wreck that he said was “indisputably” one of Franklin’s two ships. Further investigation has determined that it is HMS Erebus and Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed the news 1 October in the Canadian House of Commons.” (wiki)

Songs were written about Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition:

You’ve stuck with me thus far, so have some photos:









    • Very exciting!! I would suggest contacting Heritage (or any other reputable auction house that deals with antiquarian books). They have the clientele and reputation to make a sale like this possible. I should note that there is no guarantee the book will realize the same value – as I say in the post, we had it listed on eBay for a long time at a lower price before deciding to send it to Heritage. Your copy could go for less, but it could theoretically go for more. Either way, you should be able to make some good money on it :)

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