NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1901-1904 -- SECOND LIEUTENANT MICHAEL BARNE, R.N. (1877-1961)
The World Wide Atlas of Modern Geography, political and physical ... Fourth edition. Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston, 1898. 4° (312 x 250mm). 2 colour printed frontispieces and 128 maps. (Occasional light spotting.) Original pictorial cloth gilt (lacking spine, upper cover detached, rubbed with discolouration caused by removal of adhesive tape). Provenance: 'H.C. Abraham on his 11th Birthday 23rd December 1898' (printed label on front pastedown) -- Michael Barne (his ink annotations on front endpaper and pages 2,3,10,11,15,25,72,83 & 93) -- Anon. sale, Dominic Winter, 23 July 2003, lot 6.
ATLAS BELONGING TO MICHAEL BARNE, SECOND LIEUTENANT ON THE DISCOVERY with his ink annotations including the ship's course, bearings and crew details. This atlas evidently accompanied Barne on the Discovery, his extensive notes on several of the maps recording the progress of the expedition. On p.15, Scotland: East, 'Dundee Discovery launched March 21 1901 sailed for London June 01'. On p.11, England: S.E., 'Left for Cowes July 31 1901. Late on Aug 1 arr Cowes, King & Queen came aboard. Interested'. On p.93, New Zealand: South Island, 'Bonner killed by falling from mast head truck where he was waving goodbye ... body buried with Naval honors at 6pm Dec 24th left 9.30am. 330 tons of coal aboard...'.
Barne qualified as a Royal Navy officer in 1898 and first served with Captain Robert Falcon Scott aboard the Majestic, Scott remarking 'I thought him, as he proved to be, especially fitted for a voyage where there were elements of danger and difficulty'. During the Discovery Expedition he served as Second Lieutenant and Assistant Magnetic Observer and was in charge of sounding apparatus. He also undertook several sledge journeys and in 1903, with Sub-Lieutenant George F.A. Mulock, mapped the Antarctic coastline as far south as the eponymous Barne Inlet on the west side of the Ross Ice Shelf.