British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-04. Natural History
By Robert Falcon Scott, et. al. â€” Discovery Expedition
Volumes 1â€“6, the compete set of Natural History volumes:
Volume 1: Geology (Field-Geology: Petrography). Rosove 288-1.A1
Volume 2: Zoology (Vertebrata: Mollusca: Crustacea). Rosove 288-2.A1
Volume 3: Zoology and Botany (Invertebrata: Marine Algae, Musci). Rosove 288-3.A1
Volume 4: Zoology (Various Invertebrata). Rosove 288-4.A1
Volume 5: Zoology and Botany. Rosove 288-5.A1
Volume 6: Zoology and Botany. Rosove 288-6.A1
London: British Museum, 1907 to 1912. Quarto (12 Â˝â€ť x 9 Âľâ€ť ~ 32cm x 25cm) , six volumes – total contents amounting to approximately 1500 pages with 173 illustrations plus 228 plates (40 in colour), six fold out panoramic black-and-white photographic plates, one fold out panoramic illustration and 2 folding maps in the end pocket to the first volume. Original gilt-decorated quarter buckram and burgundy cloth; spines somewhat faded (typical) and a little soiled; extremities slightly rubbed; cloth in very good condition; leading edges of the covers of the first volume bumped in one spot; a very good set with the contents in fine condition. Volume 2 contains two important contributions by Edward Wilson which are ‘among the finest reports in the entire scientific output, and they are remarkably readable’. The main one is Aves (121, [1, blank] pages with 46 illustrations plus 13 full-page chromolithographs with captioned tissue-guards). It ‘includes a description of the first emperor penguin colony discovered at Cape Crozier’. The colour plates by Wilson are magnificent, with their rare combination of attention to the finest detail, artistic mastery, and quality of printing and coloration. Complete sets of these natural history volumes are scarce as they were only issued to institutions and rarely become available.
This set bears the unique distinction of having been used by Sir Douglas Mawson’s Second Antarctic expedition â€”BANZARE (‘Property of the British / Australian and New Zealand / Antarctic Research Expedition / of 1929-30’), with a four-line rubber stamp to that effect on the recto of the first blank leaf in each volume. The later (much smaller) ownership stamp of Adelaide University Zoology Department is at the head of these pages and the title pages, as well as across the BANZARE stamp in all but the second volume. Mawson became a lecturer in petrology and mineralogy at the University of Adelaide in 1905. There are no other internal markings â€“ the interiors are in fine condition throughout. The British Australian (and) New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) was a research expedition into Antarctica between 1929 and 1931, involving two voyages over consecutive Austral summers.
Spence 837; Taurus 49; Rosove 288-1.A1 to 288-6.A1 inclusive
A magnificent set work that documents Robert Falcon Scottâ€™s the complete natural history scientific research from The Discovery Expedition 1901-1904.