Notes on The Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and the West Coast of Patagonia made during the voyage of HMS 'Nassau' in the years 1866, 67, 68, & 69…. Robert Oliver CUNNINGHAM.
Notes on The Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and the West Coast of Patagonia made during the voyage of HMS 'Nassau' in the years 1866, 67, 68, & 69…
Notes on The Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and the West Coast of Patagonia made during the voyage of HMS 'Nassau' in the years 1866, 67, 68, & 69…
Notes on The Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and the West Coast of Patagonia made during the voyage of HMS 'Nassau' in the years 1866, 67, 68, & 69…

Notes on The Natural History of the Strait of Magellan…
Notes on The Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and the West Coast of Patagonia made during the voyage of HMS 'Nassau' in the years 1866, 67, 68, & 69…

Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871.

Octavo, with a coloured folding map and 21 lithograph plates; in the original green cloth.

The Straits of Magellan

Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of the Strait and the adjacent channels. This publication gives a journal narrative of the voyage interspersed with natural history notes, and includes their interactions with the native inhabitants of Patagonia, the so-called 'Fuegians'. The narrative provides interesting detail on the lifestyle, hunting and wigwam shelters of these fascinating people, who were thoroughly desensitised to rain, cold and exposure according to Cunningham's account.

Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of the Strait and the adjacent channels. This publication gives a journal narrative of the voyage interspersed with natural history notes, and includes their interactions with the native inhabitants of Patagonia, the so-called 'Fuegians'. The narrative provides interesting detail on the lifestyle, hunting and wigwam shelters of these fascinating people, who were thoroughly desensitised to rain, cold and exposure according to Cunningham's account.
Five of the plates are fine tinted lithograph views of the region, after drawings by Cunningham's shipmates F. Le B. Bedwell and the Hon. F.C.P. Vereker, and were printed by Waterston in Edinburgh, while the other 16 lithographs are of natural history subjects after drawings by the author. Cunningham's own interest was chiefly the ornithology of the area - after the voyage he published various pieces on the subject in the Ibis - but he also covers the area's botany, mentioning his collections of plants in the Royal Herbarium, Kew and promising articles on the Reptiles, Amphibia, Fishes, Mollusca, and Crustacea in Linnean Transactions. His natural history connections were evidently impeccable: he thanks Hooker, Huxley, Newton, Flower, Sclater, Salvin, Gray, Günther and Baird.

Provenance: New South Wales Parliamentary Library, with their stamps.

Not in the catalogue of the Hill collection.

Price (AUD): $2,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #3002028

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