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; Including the Reports of Capt. J.C. Ross and the Discovery of the Northern Magnetic Pole.
By Ross, Sir John, and Ross, James Clark
Paris: Baudryâ€™s European Library, 1835. 8vo â€“ 21.8 cm., pp: (2), frontispiece, title, [vi], 1 blank-leaf, [xvi], (17) â€“ 475; Addenda and Appendix. 2 engraved plates including front piece and large fold-out engraved map bound at rear binding. Recent handsome full dark-brown calf with gilt ruling and burgundy morocco spine labels with bright gilt titles. Mild foxing throughout although stronger on preliminaries and engraved map. Text in English. Sabin 73381 (calling for 1 map and 1 plate). Text in English. Arctic Bibliography 14866.
Because of his mistaken contention after his first voyage in 1818, that Lancaster Sound was landlocked, John Ross was not offered command of another Arctic expedition until 1829. Although this expedition failed in its primary objective, it resulted in the discovery of King William Island and the extensive survey of Boothia Peninsula, as well as the discovery of the magnetic pole by James Clark Ross, Ross’ nephew. A large collection of minerals was gathered and the dietary importance of fresh meat and oil in the Arctic climate was ascertained. All but three men managed to survive four Arctic winters and the loss of their ship. Upon their return to England, Ross was knighted and awarded gold medals by the Geographical Societies of London and Paris.