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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 Enquiring Into The Probability Of A North-West Passage
London: Printed by Strahan and Spottiswoode For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, 1819. - 2 Volumes in 1. 8vo. pp. lxix, 265; 2 p.l., 258. folding engraved map, 2 engraved plates (1 folding), & 1 full-page diagram. contemporary mottled calf, gilt back (surface tear to leather on rear cover, 2 small embossed library stamps, 1 plate repaired along fold with slight loss of image, bookplates & pockets removed from endpapers). Second (First Octavo) Edition of this famous voyage, which marked the resurgence of British interest in the search for the north-west passage, and inaugurated the great arctic explorations and discoveries of the nineteenth century. Among Ross’s officers on the voyage were William Edward Parry, James Clark Ross, and Edward Sabine. Setting out in April of 1818, the expedition rediscovered Baffin Bay and its three Sounds, Smith, Jones, and Lancaster, thereby vindicating the reports made by William Baffin in 1616. Sailing some distance into Lancaster Sound, Ross sited a mirage which he believed to be a range of mountains blocking further passage. These he named the Croker Mountains in honour of the first secretary of the Admiralty, J.W.Croker. On his return to England, Ross’s report was initially accepted as conclusive and he was promoted to Captain, but his contention that Lancaster Sound was landlocked was disputed by other members of the crew, notably by his second-in-command, William Edward Parry. Parry’s view was supported by Sir John Barrow, second secretary of the Admiralty, with whom Ross was to carry on a life-long quarrel as a result. In 1819, the Admiralty appointed Parry to lead a second expedition, which proved Ross to be mistaken. His reputation seriously discredited, Ross was never again given command of an official government expedition. National Maritime Museum I 818n. Sabin 73376. Smith 8796. TPL 1153. cfArctic Bib. 14873. cfHill p. 261. cfLande 1425. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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