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. Original publisher's gilt-stamped illustrated cloth; pp. liii, 366; [v]-xi, 447, 16 (publisher's catlogue); 8 tinted lithographs (including 1 folding panorama), 8 maps (3 folding); cloth with restorations to heads and tails of spines, spines a little crinkled, and light discolouration to cloth, internally, apart from occasional light spoting to maps and lithographs, a good copy with the contemporary engraved armorial bookplate of Frederick Brodie inside front covers; all preserved in a custom-made cloth slip-case.
First edition. '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'. - This is the issue with the publisher's catalogue with the earliest date, January, 1847. Murray had only 1500 sets printed, and they 'were bound and sold over a period of several years, as indicated by the various dates on the advertisements at the rear of vol. II' (Rosove).
Hill 1487; Spence 993; Ferguson 4636; Conrad 689; Rosove 275.