London, South Kensington
23 September 2010
BULL, Henrik Johan. The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions. London & New York: Edward Arnold, 1896. 8° (223 x 145mm). Half-title, frontispiece by W.L. Wyllie and 11 plates (very small tear in most lower margins, occasional light marginal thumb-soiling). Original pictorial cloth, uncut (extremities a little rubbed).Provenance: inscribed by J.C. Bull, cousin of the author, on half-title ('To Nina Patrick / from J.C. Bull / with compl. / 10/8/1901).
FIRST EDITION. Henrik Bull undertook this expedition in search of Right Whales. He was financially supported by Svend Foyn, a Norwegian whaling captain who pioneered revoluntionary methods for whaling, such as the modern harpoon gun. Over the course of the two year expedition, they visited Tristan da Cunha, the Prince Edward Islands, Îles Crozet, Îles Kerguelen, the Balleny Islands, Campbell Island and Possession Island. The landing at Cape Adare was the first confirmed landing on the Antarctic continental mainland.
J.C. Bull helped H.J. Bull with the completion of the book. The author thanks him in the preface: "I should have never ventured to offer the narrative of my Antarctic voyage in 1894-1895 ... if I had not recieved the valuable assistance of my cousin, Mr. J.C. Bull ... in whose family circle most of this book has taken shape".
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