Journal of a Voyage to Australia and round the World, for Magnetical Research…. Rev. William SCORESBY.
Journal of a Voyage to Australia and round the World, for Magnetical Research…
Journal of a Voyage to Australia and round the World, for Magnetical Research…

Journal of a Voyage to Australia and round the World, for Magnetical Research…

London: Longman, 1859.

Octavo, portrait, folding map coloured in outline; a good copy in the original dark blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

Fine presentation copy

First edition: Scoresby's voyage was a swift six-month circumnavigation in the 'Royal Charter', stopping only at Port Phillip. The purpose of the voyage was to observe the changes which take place in the magnetic state of an iron ship proceeding from a northern to a southern magnetic latitude, and to discover the best method of correcting deviation in the ship's compass. "He was the first person to investigate ships' magnetism in an iron ship as it travelled from the northern to the southern hemisphere and his findings lent powerful support to warnings that attention to compass deviation must be unremitting if the safety of vessels was not to be compromised." (DNB).

First edition: Scoresby's voyage was a swift six-month circumnavigation in the 'Royal Charter', stopping only at Port Phillip. The purpose of the voyage was to observe the changes which take place in the magnetic state of an iron ship proceeding from a northern to a southern magnetic latitude, and to discover the best method of correcting deviation in the ship's compass. "He was the first person to investigate ships' magnetism in an iron ship as it travelled from the northern to the southern hemisphere and his findings lent powerful support to warnings that attention to compass deviation must be unremitting if the safety of vessels was not to be compromised." (DNB).

Himself the son of an Arctic whaler, William Scoresby (1789-1857) was a noted maritime explorer, as well as a scientist and clergyman, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a friend and frequent correspondent of Sir Joseph Banks. His voyage on the iron-hulled steam clipper, Royal Charter, to Australia and back, was probably responsible for his death soon after. Archibald Smith edited his journal for publication in this form and this fine copy was presented by his widow Georgina Ker to her brother. Scoresby mentions the Ker family on pp.34-5 of the journal section of the book.

Ferguson, 15510.

Condition Report: Presentation inscription from Georgina Scoresby to her brother William Ker, dated 17 September 1859; Robert Carl Sticht (1856–1922, Tasmanian mining engineer and remarkable collector, with his pictorial bookplate).

Price (AUD): $2,100.00

US$1,475.19   Other currencies

Ref: #5000329

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