27 September 2006
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° (221 x 147mm). Half-title. Three folding two-colour lithographic maps loose in pocket at rear, illustrations. (Half-title browned and somewhat creased.) Original blue cloth, spine gilt (spine slightly soiled, endpapers browned as usual).
FIRST EDITION. The Manual was edited by George Murray, at the suggestion of Sir Clements Markham, with the intention of 'giving easy access to information, otherwise inaccessible, which was required by officers in their scientific investigations' (see preface). It includes papers and extracts gathered together under various headings, including: Geography; Antarctic bibliography; Antarctic climate; The Aurora; Geology; Instructions for collecting rocks and minerals; Zoology; Botany; Arctic sledge-travelling. The Geography section includes the first printing of the Journal of John Biscoe, the probable discoverer of the Antarctic continent. George Murray was appointed scientific director of the British National Antarctic Expedition but, following a disagreement with Scott, left the expedition at the Cape of Good Hope. Conrad p.119; Rosove 235.A1; Spence 829; Taurus 39.
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