The Cruise of Her Majesty's Ship "Challenger". Voyages over many seas, scenes in many lands. W. J. J. SPRY.

The Cruise of Her Majesty's Ship "Challenger"…
The Cruise of Her Majesty's Ship "Challenger". Voyages over many seas, scenes in many lands.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. 1876.

Octavo, engraved frontispiece, plates and vignettes, folding map; original gilt decorated cloth; joints a bit rubbed, top-edge tanned, a handsome copy.

First edition. T.M. Ramsay's copy with his blind stamp on front endpaper.

First edition. T.M. Ramsay's copy with his blind stamp on front endpaper.

A scientific voyage around the world from 1872-76. The Challenger expedition of scientific circumnavigation is an excellent example of the omniscent and comprehensive qualities of the nineteenth-century scientific mind. Specialists from all fields were assembled to produce a rich body of data ranging from meteorology to ethnology. The expedition is of considerable significance in the scientific exploration of the Pacific, with detailed descriptions of numerous Pacific islands as well as the Australasian colonies. Specific reports on Melbourne and Sydney report on the state of social and economic development in Australia, with information on the Victorian gold rush, Blue Mountains railways, the maritime life on Sydney Harbour and much more.

Includes a full page engraved plate of a bird's eye view of the Pyrmont Darling Harbour region.

Price (AUD): $475.00  other currencies Ref: #3602272