London: John Murray, 1846. xiv,530pp. plus two maps (one folding) and sixteen pages of advertisements. Frontispiece portrait. Original decorated blue cloth, spine gilt. Slightly cocked, cloth rubbed, corners bumped. Bookplate on front pastedown, light offsetting from frontispiece to titlepage, else internally clean, tight, and very good. Item #WRCAM30041
First edition of this study of early 19th-century arctic explorations. "Contains a detailed account of the principal British expeditions into the North American Arctic (also to Svalbard), from that of Ross in 1818 to those of Back and Simpson, 1836-39; their scientific achievements, and contribution towards a discovery of a Northwest Passage. The final chapter includes criticism of Sir John Ross' second voyage 1829-33, to which Ross replied in his OBSERVATIONS ON A WORK...BY SIR JOHN BARROW (1846)" - ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY. This copy has ads at the rear dated 1850, but is in the regular publisher's binding. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 1096. TPL 7825. SABIN 3669.