London: Longmans, Green And Co, 1894. First edition. Hardcover. Account of the first whaling expedition to the Weddell Sea since 1843 that began the resurgence of British interest in the Antarctic.
The Dundee Expedition was undertaken by Scottish merchants in search of right whales, which had been overfished in the Arctic. The expedition, consisting of 4 steam powered whaling ships, was also to undertake oceanographic research. William G. Murdoch served as assistant to William Speirs Bruce, the British polar scientist on the expedition. The two maps in the volume include a color map of Graham Land, South Shetland and the South Orkneys, and a folding map showing the entire route of the expedition.
8vo, ix, 364 pp, numerous illustrations throughout text, 2 maps, one full page color, one folding, publisher's catalogue 32 pp. Original green and silver pictorial gilt cloth (color and silver gilt illustration on front board), lightly rubbed at extremes and spine ends. Bolton High School student prize presentation laid down inside front cover, and Bolton gilt presentation stamped on rear board, o/w a crisp copy. Taurus 12; Rosove 234.A1; Spence 825. Good + condition. Item #26139