ROSS, Sir John (1777-1856)

ROSS, Sir John (1777-1856)

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North-West Passage - ROSS, Sir John (1777-1856)

Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions during the Years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833. Including the Reports of Commander, now Captain, James Clark Ross and the Discovery of the Northern Magnetic Pole.
  • ROSS, Sir John (1777-1856)
    ROSS, Sir James Clark (1800-1862)


    Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions during the Years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833. Including the Reports of Commander, now Captain, James Clark Ross and the Discovery of the Northern Magnetic Pole.


    Beautiful First Edition of this Arctic Exploration Classic, Including the Discovery of the Northern Magnetic Pole


    Because of his mistaken contention after his first voyage in 1818 that Lancaster Sound was land locked, Ross was not offered command of another Arctic expedition until 1829. Although this expedition failed in its primary objective, it resulted in the discovery of King William Island and the extensive survey of Boothia Peninsula. Also the important discovery of the magnetic pole by Ross’ nephew, James Clark Ross, was documented. A collection of minerals were gathered and the dietary importance of fresh meat and oil in the Arctic climate was confirmed. All but three men managed to survive four Arctic winters and the ultimate loss of their ship. Upon their return to England, Ross was knighted and awarded gold medals by the Geographical Societies of London and Paris.


    London: A.W. Webster, 1835, First Edition, Quarto, 740 pages, Advertisement. Illustrated with 30 plates, and maps, three plates are hand colored, 2 maps folding. Frontis is an engraved plate of Victoria Harbour from a drawing by Captain Ross. Errata and binders sheet present in rear. Complete.


    Beautiful half-bound with polished leather over green marbled paper boards. Spine has 5 raised bands with 6 panels. Red Moroccan title label in gilt as well as green leather author label. Intricate gilt floral embellishments in four panels. Each raised band in gilt lined hash marks and edges of leather gilt doubled rule. Lightly deckled edges. Very clean wide margined First Edition with some very light foxing. Refreshed endpapers. Expertly respined to period.


    Hill pg 261, Sabin 73381


    Plates and Maps Complete, Handsome First Edition of this Arctic Exploration Classic