25 September 2002
ROBERT FALCON SCOTT (1868-1912)
William Spiers BRUCE & Charles W. DONALD (contributors). -- The Scottish Geographical Magazine. Edinburgh: T.A. Constable, 1894. Volume X only, 8° (243 x 153mm). Half-title. Numerous folding maps and tables, illustrations. Original blue cloth, blocked in gilt and blind (soiled, light old damp damage to lower cover).
Provenance: National Antarctic Expedition Library on board Discovery (pencilled pressmark 'B' on front pastedown) -- Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) and thence by descent -- Christie's, London, 17 September 1999, ('The Scott Relics') lot 221.
An important association copy: an examination of the Catalogue of Books of the "Discovery" confirms that the present work, listed under both Bruce (p.22) and Donald (p.24), was located in Scott's cabin. It was returned to Kathleen Scott amongst his effects recovered from Cape Evans in 1912.
The two relevant papers were read to a meeting of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in Edinburgh in January 1894 by Bruce and Donald: the former spoke on The Story of the Antarctic, the latter on The Late Expedition to the Antarctic. Both were members of a four-ship pioneering Scottish whaling reconnaissance expedition which sailed from Dundee in 1892. The ships (Balaena, Active, Diana and Polar Star) 'visited the Falkland Islands; William Speirs Bruce (Balaena) and Charles W. Donald (Active) undertook some scientific work in the Joinville Island group and northern Trinity Peninsula; Capt. Robertson [Active] discovered and roughly charted Active Sound and the Firth of Tay; William Gordon Burn Murdock, an artist, accompanied the expedition aboad Balaena. (Headland, Chronological List of Antarctic Expeditions 1237).
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