Item #5000331 Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the years 1828, 29, 30, performed in H.M. Sloop Chanticleer, under the command of Captain Henry Foster…. W. H. B. WEBSTER.

Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean…
Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the years 1828, 29, 30, performed in H.M. Sloop Chanticleer, under the command of Captain Henry Foster…

London: Richard Bentley, 1834.

Two volumes, octavo, with two maps and five lithograph views; a good, clean copy in contemporary half calf (binding by Rea of Northampton with his ticket), double labels; old repairs to joints.

Three years in southern waters

First edition of this account of a three-year expedition into southern waters, which set out to take pendulum observations and tackle various other scientific problems for the Royal Society (mainly in the fields of magnetism, navigation, currents, meteorology, geology and oceanography), and also to chart Staten Island and the South Shetlands. The narrative was prepared by the expedition's surgeon from his private journal kept on the voyage. Foster, the captain, was an Arctic explorer of note, and had travelled on Parry's third voyage as astronomer, but he drowned in an accident involving a canoe at the end of the voyage.

First edition of this account of a three-year expedition into southern waters, which set out to take pendulum observations and tackle various other scientific problems for the Royal Society (mainly in the fields of magnetism, navigation, currents, meteorology, geology and oceanography), and also to chart Staten Island and the South Shetlands. The narrative was prepared by the expedition's surgeon from his private journal kept on the voyage. Foster, the captain, was an Arctic explorer of note, and had travelled on Parry's third voyage as astronomer, but he drowned in an accident involving a canoe at the end of the voyage.

Among the officers were Lt. H.G. Austin and Sir Richard Collinson, both of whom were later involved in the search for Sir John Franklin. "The Chanticleer visited Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Patagonia, Staten Island, the South Shetland Islands, the Cape of Good Hope, St. Helena, and several Brazilian and Spanish South American ports" (Hill).

The fine aquatint plates show ports and locations off Cape Horn and in the Atlantic, including St. Martin's Cove, Pendulum Cove (Deception Island), and Ascension.

Provenance: Dr. Robertson (old ink inscription); Frederick E. Ellis (American collector, with pictorial bookplate).

Abbey, Travel, 11; Borba de Moraes, p. 937; Hill, 1842; Rosove 344. A1; Sabin, 102429.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00

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