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A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY... FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPLORING BAFFIN'S BAY John Ross 1819 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Ross, Sir John
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Full title: A Voyage of Discovery Made Under 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



London, John Murray, 1819, 1st edition. xl + 252 pp + cxlivpp, with errata slip, folding engraved chart frontispiece (lightly offset onto title page), 2 folding engraved maps, 29 aquatint plates of which 15 are hand-colored (some folding), 3 large folding engraved meteorological registers, with an appendix of scientific observations and reports. Full leather large format hardcover with five raised bands on spine and leather label lettered in gilt and marbled end papers. May be rebound. A very handsome copy. Near Fine

A famous, even notorious, voyage, led by Captain John Ross. As his lieutenants, Ross had aboard William Parry, James Clark Ross, and Edward Sabine, all of future fame as explorers. Ross attempted to proceed westward through Lancaster Sound, but being deceived, presumably by a mirage, he described the passage as barred by a range of mountains, which he named the Croker Mountains, despite the disbelief of his colleagues. On returning to England in November, the report was, at first, accepted as conclusive, and Ross was promoted to post rank in December, 1818. In the following year he published this volume. A controversy soon arose which called Ross's courage into question and opened a life-long quarrel between him and Sir John Barrow, Secretary of the Admiralty.

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