SIR JOHN ROSS (1777-1856)
A Voyage of Discovery, made under the orders of the Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander, for the purpose of exploring Baffin's Bay, and inquiring into the probability of a North-West Passage. London: John Murray, 1819. 3 folding engraved general maps, 25 plates (4 engravings [1 hand-coloured, 1 folding], 21 aquatints [6 folding, 14 hand-coloured]), 4 engarved tables (3 folding). (Occasional light spotting, browning and offsetting to the uncoloured plates and maps and the facing text pages, including the title page.) Abbey Travel 634; Arctic Bibliography 14873; Chavanne 4909 cf. Sabin 73376; Staton & Tremaine 1152.
J. ROSS. Narrative of a Second Voyage in search of a north-West Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions during the years 1829 [-]... 1833 ... Including the reports of ... James Clark Ross ... and the discovery of the northern Magnetic Pole. London: A.W. Webster, 1835. 2 volumes (including the 'Appendix' volume). [Narrative:] 31 plates, maps and charts (1 folding engraved map, 5 lithographic charts and maps [1 folding and printed in two colours], 25 plates (6 lithographs, 16 steel engravings, 3 mezzotints 'printed in colours'). (Some spotting and browning to plates and maps and adjacent text leaves.) [Appendix:] Steel engraved portrait frontispiece, 19 plates (3 engravings [1 hand-coloured]; 16 lithographs [11 hand-coloured]). (Some light spotting, browning and offsetting of plates and adjacent text leaves). Cf. Abbey Travel II, 636 (lacks 'appendix'); Arctic Bibliography I, 14866; Chavanne 1450; Sabin 73381; Staton & Tremaine 1808.
2 works in three volumes, 4° (273 x 215mm). Uniform contemporary brown calf gilt, covers with double fillet, spine in six compartments with raised bands, the bands highlighted by fillets in gilt and blind, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, marbled endpapers, marbled endpapers, marbled edges (some scuffing and discolouration of the leather.
FINE COPIES OF THE FIRST EDITIONS of Ross's own accounts of his two major expeditions: searching for the Northwest Passage on the 'Isabella' in 1818-19 and returning on the 'Victory' in 1829-33. (3)