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A Voyage of Discovery made under the Orders ofthe Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander, for thepurpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay, and Inquiring into the probability ofa North West Passage.
London. John Murray. 1819. - 4to. 29x 2.5cm, thefirst edition, errata slip, xxxix,[1],252 & appendix, cxliv,[1]pp.complete with 28 plates & maps and 4 tables [3 folding], (includes 3folding engraved maps, 15 hand coloured aquatint plates, [4 folding], 4un-coloured aquatints, and 4 engraved landfalls, [3 folding], 2 engravedplates), in the original publisher's boards rebacked in tan linen withthe original paper label laid down, boards worn on the edges, newendpapers, some slight transfer on the un-coloured plates, the colourplates a fine clean impressions, very good to fine. (cgc) It is rare tofind an untrimmed copy, this one being 29cm tall. They are generally26-27.5cm. T.P.L. 1152. Lande 1425. Sabin 73376. Hill p261. A.B. 14873.Abbey Travel 634. First edition of this famous and notorious voyage;among Ross's officers were W.E. Parry, James C. Ross, and Edward Sabine.The expedition rediscovered Baffin Bay and its three sounds, confirmingWilliam Baffin's discoveries of 1616. Sailing further into LancasterSound, Ross was deceived presumably by a mirage, which he believed to bea range of mountains, naming them Croker Mountains. On returning toEngland his report was, at first accepted as conclusive and he waspromoted to Captain. A controversy soon arose however, which called hiscourage into question and opened a life-long quarrel with the thensecretary of the Admiralty, Sir John Barrow. Appended are variousscientific and natural history notes. The beautifully coloured aquatintplates engraved by Havell after drawings by Ross, A.M. Skene, H.P.Hoppner, J. Sackhouse, D. Havell, J. Bushnan, & Thomas Lewin, and whichillustrate the work are among the most striking and attractive platesdone on the Arctic region. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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