Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West …
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ROSS, Sir John. Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions during the Years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833….

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ROSS, Sir John. Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions during the Years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833 ... Including the Reports of ... James Clark Ross ... and the Discovery of the Northern Magnetic Pole. London, A.W. Webster, 1835.

Large 4to. Contemporary full crushed black morocco by D. Batten of Clapham Common (binder's printed label inside rear cover), spine with raised bands and later red morocco lettering piece, boards ornamented in blind and with gilt-ruled double fillet; pp. [8 (title, dedication, advertisement, and errata, versos blank)], xxxiii, [1 (list of plates)], 1-688, '*688'-'*689', 689-740; engraved frontispiece by E. Finden after Ross, 9 lithographic and engraved plates by J. Brandard and W. Say after Ross, 15 lithographic and engraved plates, by J. Cousen, W. Chevalier, J. Kernot, E. Finden, J. Radclyffe, J.C. Armytage, J.T. Willmore, J. Read, S. Fisher, W.S. Wilkinson, et al. after John Ross, printed by J. Yates, et al., 4 lithographic maps by Graf & Soret, one printed in light brown and black, one lithographic map after J.C. Ross, and one folding engraved map (expertly repaired tears), letterpress tables in the text; Light rubbing top extremities, inner hinges strengthened, occasional spotting; provenance: blind-stamped bookplate Kai Ove Hansen.
First edition. Following the failure of his first expedition to discover the Northwest Passage in 1818, the Admiralty refused to sponsor Ross' second expedition; therefore, Ross undertook it as a private venture in the small paddle-steamer Victory, sponsored by Felix Booth (the Sheriff of London) and accompanied by his nephew James Clark Ross. The expedition's purpose was to discover a Northwest Passage by way of Baffin Bay, Lancaster Sound, and Prince Regent Inlet, and it achieved several firsts: it was the first expedition to use a steam engine in polar exploration; the first to explore the region of the Gulf of Boothia; and James Clark Ross was the first person to reach the Magnetic North Pole. The expedition did much to restore John Ross' reputation, and he was knighted on his return by William IV, to whom this account is dedicated. An Appendix containing the scientific reports was published later in 1835. - This is a copy on ordinary paper with fewer plates coloured.
Abbey, Travel, 636; Arctic Bibliography 14866; Brunet IV, col. 1400; Hill I, p.261; Lowndes p. 2131; NMM 850; Sabin 73381; TPL 1808.

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