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Thomson (Sir C.Wyville.)
The Voyage of the "Challenger". The Atlantic A Preliminary Account of the General Results. 1873 and the Early Part of the Year 1876.
Published By Authority if the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. London, Macmillan. 1877. 2 volumes original green pictorial cloth, gilt, well recased, untrimmed. Portrait and 42 plates and charts (many folding, some coloured)., 424; xiv, 396, 4ads. pp. Final 5 leaves (3 leaves Index, 2 leaves ads) in Volume 2 mounted on fine silk, no loss of text. A little sporadic foxing and minor spots to end-papers, otherwise internally good. First Edition. A sceptic of Darwin's theories of natural selection, Thomson is frequently called the father of oceanography and this journey compared with that of the Beagle. The Admiralty, with an eye to deep ocean telegraphy, granted use of the Challenger, and The Preliminary Account is essentially an early abstract of what became the multi-volume report. Thomson finding compilation and management of this extensive project increasingly distressing, it was completed after his death by John Murray. This copy is signed on end-papers of both volumes "John Gray, S.S.Hope Feb 1878" and his address in Peterhead in volume 1. Gray took on the graduating Arthur Conan Doyle as ship's doctor, this "arctic adventure", resulting in The Little Square Box, and Captain of the Pole Star, is credited with diverting him away from medicine and towards writing. "I should have found it intolerable if the captain had been a bad fellow, but John Gray was a really splendid man, a grand seaman and a serious minded Scot, so that I found a comradeship which was never marred during our long tête-à-tête." Conan Doyle, Memoir. (North East Folklore Archive). [Attribute … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Nicholas Goodyer ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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