A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic …
A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic …

ROSS, James Clark. A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the Years 1839-43.

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the beginning of antarctic research

ROSS, James Clark. A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the Years 1839-43. London, John Murray, 1847.

Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary half blue calf over marbled boards; spine with raised bands, ornamented in gilt and with two contrasting lettering pieces; speckled edges; pp. lii, [iv], 366; [v]-x, [iv], 447; 8 tinted lithograph plates; 8 maps, 3 of which are folding, additional sectional titles with wood-engraved illustrations above typographic texts; previous owner's bookplates; spines faded; light rubbing to boards; browning to endpapers, with offsetting; light offsetting from maps and plates; small repaired tears in some maps; a good set in the contemporary binding; provenance: David Walton, of Bluntisham Books and a prominent member of the Antarctic community.
First edition. Bound by J. Carss & Co., Glasgow. 'One of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration … Ross led this expedition for the purpose of Antarctic Discovery and Magnetic surveys, during which he circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, discovered the Ross Sea, Ross Island, the Ross Shelf Ice, Victoria Land, Erebus and Terror Gulf (named after the ships of the expedition), Mount Erebus, and attempted to penetrate the Weddell Sea' (Hill). Rosove calls the work 'a cornerstone of Antarctic literature and a monument to one of mankind's greatest expeditions of geographical and scientific exploration.'
Hill 1487; Spence 993; Ferguson 4636; Conrad 689; Rosove 276.

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