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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 Inquiring into the Probability of a North-West Passage.
John Murray, London - 1819, 1st Edition. () Very good, no dust jacket. xxxix,252,cxliv,pp. Quarto, in 20th century tree calf, with red leather title, gilt titles, and elaborate gilt decorations. Marbled endpapers to match the edges. 15 colour plates (4 folding) and 9 engraved plates (2 folding) and 4 tables (3 folding), with 3 folding plans and charts (including frontispiece). Errata. Colour plates are clean. Occasional light foxing and some offseting from plates. Old, very little mild library blind stamp on title page. Few minor professional repairs to plate folds. Most plates have original tissues. A.B. 14873 Ross was chosen to lead Britains resurgence of exploration of the arctic regions. He commanded the Isabella while William Edward Parry took command of the Alexander. Also included on the voyage were Edward Sabine and Ross's nephew James Clark Ross. The expedition rediscovered Baffins 17th century explorations and found three sounds including Smith, Jones and Lancaster. Unfortuately for Ross, he mistakenly thought the end of Lancaster sound was blocked by a fictitious range of mountains he named the Crocker mountains. After returning to England, many were scepitcal including William Parry about the existance of the mountain range. Parry was chosen to lead another expedition and discovered Lancaster Sound was the gateway to the North West Passage. Ross never lived down this mistake. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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