Full of humour and written almost novelistically, Pearson’s diary describes his ornithological findings and the other noteworthy features of their voyages – he includes an anecdotal account of the process of catching a whale, and describes their own less than ideal ship, and the many difficulties of travelling in the often inhospitable and little-explored North. In the second half of the book, Feilden focuses on geology and botany in three technical papers accompanied by his own photographs. A remarkable account of an ambitious project, this book forms part of the nineteenth-century genre of scientific travel literature, and contains still-relevant information about the Arctic environment.
Henry J. Pearson, appendix by H. W. Feilden
Cambridge University Press