25 September 2002
GEORGE ROBERT MILNE MURRAY (1858-1911, EDITOR)
The Antarctic Manual for the use of the expedition of 1901 edited by ... Murray ... with a preface by Sir Clements R. Markham ... Presented to the Expedition and issued by the Royal Geographical Society. London: William Clowes & Sons Ltd. for the R.G.S., 1901, 8° (222 x 148mm.) Half-title. Illustrations. 3 facsimile folding two-colour maps loose in pocket at rear, light browning to half-title.) Original blue cloth, spine gilt (spine lightly soiled).
The Antarctic Manual was edited by George Murray, at the suggestion of Sir Clements Markham, with the intention of 'giving easy access of information, otherwise inaccessible, which was required by officers in their scientific investigations' (see preface). It includes papers and extracts gathered together under various headings: Geography; Antarctic climate; The Aurora; Geology; Instructions for collecting rocks and minerals; Zoology; Botany; Arctic sledge-travelling, etc. The Geography section includes the first printing of the Journal of John Biscoe, the probable discoverer of the Antarctic continent. Spence 829.
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