RICHARDSON, JOHN & JOHN EDWARD GRAY.
The Zoology of the Voyage of H.MS. Erebus and Terror, Under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, During the Years 1839-1843. London: E.W. Janson, 1844-1875. 7 parts in 3 volumes. Approximately 188 plates (only of 198); bird plates and several mammal plates hand-colored. 4to (298 x 237 mm). Period quarter morocco (first 2 vols). Lacking about ten plates (about half those to mammals and half to birds), lacking chart and title page to Ichthyology section; vol 2 browned and foxed, some foxing and wear in vol 1, scattered stains, preliminaries worn, part 6 (Insects) nearly detached from binding and part 7 (mollusks) rebound separately in modern cloth, original bindings worn at joints and extremities, hinges cracked, sold as is.
First edition of the zoological results of Ross' great Antarctic expedition, apparently a presentation copy, inscribed on the first text page: "Dr Burmester with Dr Gray's kind regards." The narrative of the voyage was published by Ross in 1847 and the botanical results were separately published as Flora antarctica by Joseph Hooker. This remarkable assembly of knowledge contains several works of great individual importance: John Edward Grays work on marine mammals was a major contribution to knowledge of the seals of the Southern Hemisphere and the Antarctic regions. George Robert Gray determined that the emperor and king penguins are separate species. The section on reptiles was the first illustrated herpetofauna concerning Australia and New Zealand. Richardson's "Ichthyology" is distinguished as one of the most important zoological studies from the classic era of Antarctic exploration.
According to Sabin, two complete zoological volumes were originally published in twenty-four parts at ten shillings each, the first eighteen of which appeared in 1844-48, and the last 1874-75. In fact, any parts of the natural history findings of the Ross Antarctic expedition are rare on the market. Janson imprint not noted by Sabin. Sabin 71032.