A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the Years 1839-43 by Captain Sir James Clark Ross
Published by John Murray, London; 1847. 8vo. 2 vols. 8 lithographic plates, 8 maps, and 18 wood-engravings in the text. Fine condition.
These beautiful books are the first edition, first issue of “one of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration” (Hill). It recounts Sir James Clark Ross’s expedition to discover the south magnetic pole, having discovered the north in 1831. He circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, discovered the Ross Sea, Ross Island, the Ross Shelf Ice, Victoria Land, Erebus and Terror Gulf, Mount Erebus, and attempted to penetrate the Weddell Sea. He was knighted on return from this expedition and awarded the gold medal of the Geographical Societies of London and Paris.
The First edtition comprised of just 1500 sets, sold over a number of years, possibly due to public interest waning over the 4 years between the end of the expedition and the publishing of the account. This set is the first issue of the book, with the advertisements at the rear of volume II dated January 1847 as called for. With very few of these first edition sets available for sale, this is a Fine and highly collectible set.
The books have been expertly rebound in half leather green bindings and are housed in a slipcase. The bindings are in excellent, smart condition, with original uncut pages. Inside, other than some toning and the occasional spot due to age, as to be expected in books such as these, the books are in very smart, Fine condition. They are free from damage or marking and show only very mild signs of their age.
In all, this is a very handsome set and would be an excellent addition to any first edition book collection concerning the Antarctic and polar expeditions, with very few examples currently available. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have regarding these beautiful rare books.