A Voyage Of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions.

Published 1847 by John Murray in 1847, original editions fetch a very high price. Luckily, there is a reprint edition by David and Charles Reprints. Their edition does the book justice with its wonderful title pages and illustrations.

From the book blurb:

When Captain James Ross sailed from England in command of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in 1839, practically nothing was known of the great Antarctic continent. His famous expedition, under the joint auspices of the Admiralty and The Royal Society, spent four years in the Southern regions, visiting Tasmania twice, calling at the Falklands, and coming within two or three hundred miles of the South Magnetic Pole. The main object was the observation of the earth's magnetic field, but there was a rich incidental yeilds of cartographic, climatic and biological information. The voyage was far from uneventful, and Ross captures much of the excitement of those hard pioneering days in his narrative, which is illustrated by a series of superb plates and woodcuts.