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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. [Together with]. APPENDIX to the 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
A.W. Webster 1835. . New Ed. 2 vols. 4to. [vi] + xxxiii + 740pp. + xii + cxliv + xii + 120pp. + cii + [i] Errata. 3 cold. mezzotint plates, 6 charts including 1 folding (silked and repaired to verso), 32 lithographic plates including 18 hand cold., 10 steel engraved plates. With 36pp. Subscribers List to rear. Some light browning, stylishly rebound in calf backed cloth boards, blind ruling and gilt lettered title labels to spines. Abbey Travel 636; Arctic 14866; Baker, pp.491-2; Chavanne 1450; Sabin 73381.& After the embarrassment of Ross’ first voyage in which he claimed to see the mountains in Lancaster Sound, it took him a decade to source private backing (he had lost the confidence of the British Admiralty) for a second trip. Ross travelled through Lancaster Sound into Prince Regent inlet and onto Boothia Peninsula, while on the way finding remnants of Parry’s ship ‘Fury’ which had been wecked on North Somerset Island. For three consecutive winters Ross and his men were stuck in ice, but used the time wisely to learn mapping, hunting, sewing, transportation and language from the local inuit. Ross also organized lectures, lessons, and scientific inquiries, one of which discovered the North Magnetic Pole. In 1832 Ross finally abandoned the ship, and managed to live on supplies found at Parry’s wreck. A whaler rescued Ross and his crew in 1833, and remarkably, it was the same vessel which Ross had commanded on his first voyage. Additional postage may be necessary. US$2400
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