ROSS, 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.... London:  A.W. Webster,  1835.

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ROSS, 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.... London: A.W. Webster, 1835.

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ROSS, 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.... London: A.W. Webster, 1835.
Royal 4to (309 x 247 mm). Errata leaf before Introduction, folding engraved chart of the Arctic regions (tipped-in before Chapter I) and 30 plates including frontispiece (5 maps, 16 steel-engraved plates, 6 chromolithographed, 3 colour mezzotints). Rebacked in blue cloth, black endpapers. Spine and hinges repaired, repaired tear to frontispiece, foxing and occasional dampstaining.

FIRST EDITION, large paper "Royal Quarto" issue with nine colored plates (six more than the regular issue), and the large map hand-colored in outline.
After Ross's ill-fated voyage of 1818, the Admiralty refused to allow him to lead another Arctic expedition until 1829, when, with the assistance of the gin magnate Felix Booth, he commanded the steam vessel Victory with his nephew James Clark Ross as second in command. While searching for a passage south from Regent's inlet, the Victory was encased in ice, and Ross and his men spent the winter of 1829-1830 in Felix harbour. In the summer of 1830, although the ship was able to progress a few miles further south to winter in Victoria harbour, it was once again stopped by ice, and in May 1832, abandoned. Ross and his men made their way to Fury Beach, where they passed yet another winter in a hut built from the wreck of the Fury, surviving on an Inuit diet. In the summer of 1833, they succeeded in reaching Ross's old ship, the Isabella, in Lancaster Sound, and sailed back to England. The voyage, remarkable for the length of time spent in the ice, yielded many significant observations on natural history, meteorology, navigation, and ethnology. James Clark Ross was also able to discover the Magnetic North Pole. Abbey Travel 636; Sabin 73381.
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