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These images expand on the Library's exhibition: Ice: A Victorian Romance. Covering the period from approximately 1818 to 1860, the images depict Arctic regions, as encountered by numerous British attempts to discover a Northwest Passage; the Antarctic, as seen by the three great national voyages of England, France, and the United States between 1837-1843; and Alpine glaciers, as it came to be realized in the 1840s that much more extensive glacial ice once covered much of the Northern hemisphere. The images are drawn from the works of Edward Parry, John Franklin, James Clark Ross, Louis Agassiz, and many other polar explorers and glacial observers.

 
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