Jun 05, 2008 - Sale 2148

Sale 2148 - Lot 41

Price Realized: $ 3,120
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(ARCTIC.) Ross, John, Sir. A Voyage of Discovery, made under the Orders of the Admiralty . . . for the Purpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay, and Inquiring into the Probability of a North-West Passage. 4 folding maps, 23 engraved or aquatint plates (including 15 hand-colored), 3 folding tables, preceded by leaf of explanatory text. 4to, 1/2 morocco matching Lot 37 above, backstrip ends rubbed, front cover partially detached; maps and uncolored plates variously foxed and/or offset, several plates offsetting onto facing pages; bookplate of Henry Marquand on front free endpaper. London: John Murray, 1819

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first edition of Ross's account of his first expedition, which confirmed the earlier discoveries of Bylot and Baffin, made important scientific observations, and encountered the previously unknown group of natives he referred as "Arctic Highlanders" (i. e., Eskimos). Though sharply criticized by John Barrow and others for failing to probe deeper into Lancaster Sound, "in effect Ross began a new era in Arctic research"--Books on Ice 2.5. Abbey Travel 634, Arctic Bibliography 14873, Hill 1488, McGill/Lande 1425, TPL 1152.