NARRATIVE OF A SECOND VOYAGE IN SEARCH OF A NORTH-WEST PASSAGE, AND OF A RESIDENCE IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS DURING THE YEARS 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833. [with:] APPENDIX.... [bound with:] Braithwaite, John: SUPPLEMENT TO CAPTAIN SIR JOHN ROSS'S NARRATIVE...CONTAINING THE SUPPRESSED FACTS.... [bound with:] Ross, John: EXPLANATION AND ANSWER TO MR. BRAITHWAITE'S SUPPLEMENT
by Ross, John
London, 1835. Two volumes. ,xxxiii,,740pp. plus twenty-nine plates and maps (three colored) and two large folding maps. APPENDIX: xii,120,cxliv,cii,[ii]. plus twenty plates (twelve colored). SUPPLEMENT: ,ii,18pp. EXPLANATION: ,8pp. Quarto. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, gilt leather label, both volumes neatly rebacked with original spines laid down. Scattered foxing. Very good plus. A fundamental Arctic narrative, offered with the rare illustrated appendix. Despite the failure of his trip in 1818, Ross set out in 1829 in the small ship, Victory, to find a northwest passage, but the vessel had to be abandoned in 1832. Ross and his party were rescued in the summer of 1833 in Lancaster Sound. In the meantime Capt. George Back had set out in search of Ross. Back's account of his explorations was published the year after this volume appeared. The greatest scientific yield of the trip was the discovery of the Magnetic Pole. The many attractive plates are listed in detail in Abbey. A number of them depict the natives and events during the voyage. The lengthy appendix adds significantly to the work and includes additional color plates of Eskimos and a vocabulary of the Eskimo language, as well as a report about the natural history of the Arctic. This set is remarkable for having both the rare SUPPLEMENT TO CAPTAIN SIR JOHN ROSS'S NARRATIVE... by John Braithwaite (an engineer who supplied the steam boilers for Ross' ship) and EXPLANATION AND ANSWER TO MR. BRAITHWAITE'S SUPPLEMENT, Ross' incredulous rebuttal to Braithwaite's accusations regarding the ship's failure. The second pamphlet is of the greatest rarity, and to find the set with both supplements is notable. ABBEY 636. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 14866. LANDE 1462. HILL 1490. SMITH 8792. TPL 1808. SABIN 73381. PILLING PROOF-SHEETS 3388, 3391.
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