9 June 2004
ROSS, James Clark, Sir (1800-1862). A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, During the Years 1839-43. London: John Murray, 1847.
2 volumes, 8o (217 x 134 mm). 8 lithographed maps and 8 lithographed plates, some folding, vignettes in text. (Some spotting.) Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spines gilt, marbled edges (spines and covers detaching).
FIRST EDITION OF "ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS IN THE HISTORY OF ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION" (Hill). James Clark Ross accompanied his uncle, Sir John Ross, on his first and second voyages, during which the younger Ross discovered the North Magnetic Pole. This later expedition was aimed at Antarctic discovery and magnetic surveys. Towards this end, Ross circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, discovered the Ross Sea, Ross Island, the Ross Shelf Ice, Victoria Land, Erebus and Terror Gulf and attempted to penetrate the Wedell Sea. Abbey Travel 610; Hill, p.260; Ferguson 4636; NMM 1084; Sabin 73367. (2)
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