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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. (Hardcover) Very good. xxxix,252,cxliv,pp. Quarto (23 X 29.5 cm.) 20th century half calf and light green cloth boards. Untrimmed pages. 15 colour plates (4 folding) and 9 engraved plates (2 folding) and 4 tables (3 folding), with 3 folding plans and charts (including frontispiece). Colour plates are clean. Some offsetting from plates. Small bookplate on front endpaper. A clean copy with original plate tissues and erata slip at rear. Unusual and scarce untrimmed and in nice condition. 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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