A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the Years 1839-43. Captain Sir James Clark ROSS.
A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the Years 1839-43.

A Voyage of Discovery and Research…
A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the Years 1839-43.

London: John Murray, 1847.

Octavo, two volumes, with a total of eight lithographic plates (including frontispieces), eight maps (three folding), and chapter titles with attractive steel-engraved vignettes after sketches by Hooker; original dark blue-green grained cloth, ship vignette in gilt on front covers and a capstan design in blind on rear covers.

"One of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration"

First edition. Ross's account of his two voyages in the Erebus and Terror is 'one of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration' (Hill). In the course of the expedition Ross reached the highest latitude yet attained, determined the position of the Magnetic Pole and travelled within 160 miles of it. Ross was accompanied by the eminent botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker who contributed significantly to the study of Australian flora and later became a loyal friend of Charles Darwin; Hooker contributed many illustrations to the present volume. Of special interest is a large and dramatic folding lithograph of the Antarctic ice shelf, executed with a sense of scale dwarfing the vessels Erebus and Terror. This wonderful plate is followed by a large and finely engraved folding chart of the ice shelf marked with the surveys of Ross' expedition and the United States Exploring expedition under Captain Wilkes.

First edition. Ross's account of his two voyages in the Erebus and Terror is 'one of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration' (Hill). In the course of the expedition Ross reached the highest latitude yet attained, determined the position of the Magnetic Pole and travelled within 160 miles of it. Ross was accompanied by the eminent botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker who contributed significantly to the study of Australian flora and later became a loyal friend of Charles Darwin; Hooker contributed many illustrations to the present volume. Of special interest is a large and dramatic folding lithograph of the Antarctic ice shelf, executed with a sense of scale dwarfing the vessels Erebus and Terror. This wonderful plate is followed by a large and finely engraved folding chart of the ice shelf marked with the surveys of Ross' expedition and the United States Exploring expedition under Captain Wilkes.
The Antarctic bibliographer Michael Rosove notes that the publisher, John Murray, continued to issue the first edition for many years with the advertisements at the rear of the second volume updated as further copies were sent for binding and distribution to booksellers. The advertisements for this set are dated January 1847, indicating its earliest issue.

Provenance: Private collection (Australia)

Hill, 1487; Renard, 1328; Rosove, 276.A1.a; Spence, 993.

Price (AUD): $4,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504332

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