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.
By Sir John Ross, C.B., K.S.A, &c. &c, Captain in the Royal Navy. Including the Reports of Commander, Now Captain, James Clark Ross, R. N., and the Discovery of the Northern Magnetic Pole, with Appendix to the Narrative
By Ross, Sir John & Captain James Clark Ross
New York: Greenwood Press, 1969, 2 volume set. 1st printing of the Greenwood Press Edition. 4to, (12.5â€ť x 9″) Vol 1: xxxiii, pp. 740, w/ pp. 18 [Braithwaite’s Supplement] & pp. 8 [Answer to Braithwaite]; Vol 2: xii, pp. 120, cxliv [Natural History], LXIV [Appendixâ€“Meteorology] p. Hardbound, brown cloth and gilt spine titles. Facsimile Reprint of the London 1835 original. Numerous black-and-white illustrations throughout, 6 maps â€”1 fold out. Fine Condition inside and out for both volumes.
In 1829, frustrated by the lack of progress in searching for a northwest passage, a philanthropic gin distiller, Felix Booth, sponsored John Ross’s second expedition to the Arctic Regions. With his nephew James Clark Ross as second-in-command, Ross sailed down Prince Regent Sound aboard HMS Victory in search of an opening to the west. The two Rosses mapped James Ross Strait and parts of King William Island, and in 1831 James Clark Ross located the Magnetic North Pole. The Ross expedition then disappeared in the ice-bound Gulf of Boothia until 1833. A captivating narrative of human endurance, triumphing over severe peril and suffering of an expedition forced to survive in the harsh Arctic environment for four years. James Clark Ross edited the natural history section of the Appendix and John Ross edited the other sections comprising meteorology, navigation, and ethnology, including vocabularies in English, Danish, and the Esquimaux languages. The Appendix was originally issued separately from John Ross’ Narrative, and it covers the Eskimos and the natural history of the areas Ross explored – it also includes biographical sketches of expedition members.