25 September 2002
JEAN-BAPTISTE AUGUSTE ÉTIENNE CHARCOT (1867-1936)
The Voyage of the 'Why Not?' in the Antarctic[.] The journal of the Second French South Polar Expedition, 1908-1910... English Version by Philip Walsh. London and New York: Butler & Tanner for Hodder & Stoughton, [circa 1911]. 4° (250 x 190mm.). Folding frontispiece, 41 leaves of plates, 1 map. (Some spotting to text, some slight discolouration to plates.) Original blue cloth, upper cover blocked in gilt, spine blocked in gilt and white.
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, second issue with cancel title page: 'an especially attractive volume, one of the nicest of the heroic age literature... in a beautiful binding' (Rosove). Conrad p.157; Rosove 67.A2 ('Uncommon'); Spence 262; Taurus 62.
[With:] J.-B.A.E. CHARCOT. Le Pourquoi-Pas? dans l'Antarctique. Paris: Ernest Flammarion, 1910. 4° (280 x 190mm.). Frontispiece, 3 folding maps, numerous illustrations (61 full-page). Modern boards, original pictorial upper and lower wrappers bound in (neat repairs to wrappers). First edition. Provenance: Dr. Ed. Marmier (ink ownership stamp). Rosove 65.A1 ('Uncommon'); Spence 256; Taurus 64.
[French South Pole Expedition, 1908-1910]. Typescript, in French, of some of the scientific results from the expedition. Rio de Janeiro: 1910. 4° (270 x 212mm.). 67 pp. recto only of 67 leaves. Modern red morocco-backed cloth. Provenance: Artur Alfonso di Barros Cobra (signature on leaf dated 'Rio de Janeiro, July 1910'); National Geographic Society Library (blind-stamp). Includes two main reports: 'Rapports de Mr. Gain sur ses travaux de Zoologie et de Botanique' (37pp.) and 'Rapports de Mr. le Dr. Liouville sur ses travaux de Zoologie' (23pp.). (3)
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