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 Enquiring into the Probability of a North-West Passage. In Two Volumes.

By: Ross, John

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Second edition. Rebound in library buckram. Minor tape repairs to fold-outs, expected transfer, otherwise an exceptional set. 1819 Hard Cover. lxix, 265, [2]; 258 pp. 8vo. Two fold-outs (one of Davis' Strait and Baffin's Bay, one depicting several geological instruments) and deviation chart follow text of vol. 2. 2-page terminal publisher ad in both volumes advertises other travel books. Published first in a single quarto volume, this work was reissued in a second edition of two octavo volumes the same year. Based on auction records, the second edition seems the more uncommon of the two, though the original remains the more desirable edition, and includes aquatints and fold-outs not present in the edition offered here. An account of Ross's first Arctic expedition in 1818 (he returned in 1829 and 1850). Launched shortly after Ross rose to the rank of Commander of the Swedish Navy, the expedition's main achievements were to open northern Baffin's Bay to whaling, and to spur the further exploration of Lancaster Sound, which would ultimately prove to be the eastern extremity of the much-sought-for Northwest Passage. A critical navigational error made by Ross during the voyage (the controversy of which is discussed herein), prevented him from making this discovery himself. Includes a Comparative List of the Northern and Southern Humooke Dialects, as well as a list of Words the Same in Both Dialects. Arctic Bibliography 14873: Sir John Ross commanded the Isabella and the expedition, with Sir W.E. Parry in command of the Alexander. The vessels sailed from England Apr. 18, to Davis Strait and along the west coast of Greenland to the entrance of the Smith Sound; thence southward past Jones Sound to Lancaster Sound; after exploring it, the vessels continued southward, making a test of the breadth of Davis Strait, and returning to England by Nov. 14. Discoveries made by this expedition include Melville Bay, Cape York, Prince Regents Bay (Dedodes Fjord), Whale Sound, Carey's Islands, and numerous bays, capes, and mountains. Contains a journal of the voyage, with information on the ice conditions, descriptions of Polar Eskimos (whom Ross termed 'Arctic Highlanders') of the Cape York region, and of extensive stretches of red snow seen there; a record of personnel, equipment, all orders, and work carried out. Sabin 73376.

Title: 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 Enquiring into the Probability of a North-West Passage. In Two Volumes.

Author: Ross, John

Categories: Early Imprints, Polar Expeditions,

Edition: Second Edition

Publisher: Strahan and Spottiswoode, for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown: 1819

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 1959528

Keywords: ADVENTURE ARCTIC POLAR EXPEDITION NORTHWEST PASSAGE NORTH WEST BAFFIN'S BAY,