The Falkland Islands
with Notes on the Natural History by Rupert Vallentin
By Boyson, V.G.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1924. First Edition. Tall 8vo, 414pp, front piece plus 23 black-and-white plates containing 35 images, two maps plus 1 fold-out titled The Falkland Islands at the rear. Publisherâ€™s blue-cloth with bright gilt title lettering and publisherâ€™s colophon on spine, de-bossed boarder ruling on front and rear covers. This is a bright and unusually well preserved copy of a Very Scarce publication. This copy bearing the bookplate inside the front cover of the Stefansson collection, Dartmouth with no internal markings, no foxing, folds or tears and tight hinges â€“ Near Fine Condition. â€” Spence 169.
The book is comprised of four sections covering History from 1592 through the various occupations by Spanish and British, with the question of sovereignty being gone into in great historical depth and not particularly pleasing to the British viewpoint. This is followed by sections on Industries (Whaling), Geophysical notes (includes flora), and Zoology by Rupert Vallentin, Appendix, Bibliography and Index.