Dickens was very involved in the Franklin Search, including his extremely critical Household Words attacks on both the allegations of cannibalism and on the “savage” Inuit who were the messengers who brought the reprehensible news. This list has some of the fundamental publications on the Search as it developed.
p. 8: Arctic Enterprise, a Poem, by C. H. Abrahall…. 1856
Arctic Explorations: the Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, ’54, ’55, by Elisha Kent Kane… 1861.
The Second and Last United States Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, by Dr. E. K. Kane. Hartford, 1868
Arctic Miscellanies: a Souvenir of the late Polar Search, by the Officers and Seamen of the Expedition…. 1852.
Arctic Voyages—a Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions…, by Sir John Barrow. 1818
Barrow, Sir J. Voyages of Discovery and Research within the Arctic Regions from 1818 to present time…. 1846
Richardson (Sir John) The Polar Regions. Edinburgh 1861
Snow, W. P. Voyage of the Prince Albert in Search of Sir John Franklin: a narrative of Every-day Life in the Arctic Seas…. 1852. Presentation copy, inscribed, ‘Charles Dickens, Esq., with the sincere regards and esteem of the Author, and as a very trifling mark of the inexpressible gratification the author has derived from Mr. Dickens’s writings. London, March 25, 1854.’
p. 53: Hakluyt Society’s Publications, 1847-55.
p. 106: Symington, A. J. Pen and Pencil Sketches of Faröe and Iceland; with Translations from the Icelandic. 1862.