25 September 2002
SIR JAMES CLARK ROSS (1800-1862)
[Parliamentary Paper]. -- Ships Erebus and Terror. Return to an Address of the Honourable The House of Commons dated 26 August 1841;- for, Copies of such Extracts from the Despatch of Captain James Ross, from Van Dieman's Land, as will show the Nature and Extent of the Brilliant Discoveries which are said to have been made in a high South Latitude by Her Majesty's Ships Erebus and Terror. London: Ordered by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 6 September 1841. 2° (324 x 205mm.) Drop-head title. One folding hand-coloured lithographic map. 20th-century red cloth.
Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958, bookplate designed by L. Roy Davies and dated 1932).
FIRST EDITION, RARE WITH AN EVOCATIVE PROVENANCE: Mawson's copy of the first published report to announce Ross's discovery of an Antarctic Continent, with the first published map of his discoveries. 'This is the first report of the first season's stupendous geographical discoveries, composed of extracts from Ross's dispatch sent from Australia, 7 April 1841, upon the expedition's return from the Ross Sea... How many copies of this remarkable publication were printed is uncertain; Edward Sabine, who prepared the expedition's reports on magnetism and was a friend and supporter of Ross, himself purchased thirty. Certainly very few exist today' (Rosove). Conrad p. 61; Rosove 275.A1 ('very rare'); Spence 992.
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