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A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, During the Years 1839-43.
John Murray, London - 1847, 1st UK Edition. () Very good. lii,(4),366; x,(4)447pp. 8vo. (14.5 X 22.5 cm.) Bound in tan calf and marbled boards. Five raised bands and two tone labels. Leather corners to match. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled to match. The text blocks are clean and fresh. There is mild off setting and foxing on a number of the folding and full page illustrations. Volume one contains a frontispiece, two folding charts, four full page maps, seven vignette's as chapter headings, three full page illustrations, and one folding panoramic illustration. Volume two contains a frontispiece, eleven vignettes, two full page illustrations, two maps including one folding. Generally a clean copy in an attractive binding. Spence 993, Rosove 276. First Edition of "one of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration." (Hill) James Clark Ross was one of the most experienced arctic explorers, having accompanied his uncle, Sir John Ross, on his two polar expeditions. He also sailed on all four of Parry’s arctic expeditions. On June 1st, 1831, while on the second Ross expedition, he discovered the North Magnetic Pole. In 1839 he was given command of the present expedition, the purpose of which was to conduct magnetic research and to try to reach the south magnetic pole. On this famous voyage, Ross circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, discovered the Ross Sea, Ross Island, the Ross Ice Shelf, Victoria Land, Erebus and Terror Gulf (named after the ships of the expedition), Mount Erebus, and attempted to penetrate the Weddell Sea. The expedition also visited the Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, Australia, New Zealand, Campbell Island, and the Falkland Islands. This was the first scientific expedition sent out specifically for Antarctic exploration and research. On his return to England, Ross was knighted and awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society. Ross also commanded the Enterprise in 1848-49 on a Search for Franklin expedition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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