Item #11655 From Edinburgh to the Antarctic; An Artist’s Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892-93. W. G. Burn Murdoch.
From Edinburgh to the Antarctic; An Artist’s Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892-93

From Edinburgh to the Antarctic; An Artist’s Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892-93

London: Longmans, Green and Co., LTD, 1894. Very Good. First Edition. [9x6.25in]; [i-vi], vii-xii, 364 pp., 1-32 pp. publisher’s advertisements, numerous black and white illustrations in text and plates of Murdoch’s sketches and water colors, two maps (one folding); Dark green pebbled cloth on covers, silver lettering on front and spine, silver gilt and brown ink illustration of Balaena and whale boat in ice, black clay end papers, top and fore edges rough trimmed; Minimal shelf wear, corners bumped spine darken, two elongated dents on back, two bookseller stamps overlapping and small closed tear to fore edge repaired on front end paper. Overall condition is Very Good with bright silver gilt and covers. [Rosove 234.A1a, Taurus 12]. Item #11655

William Gordon Burn Murdoch (1862 – 1939) was a Scottish painter, travel writer and explorer. His first major expedition was in 1892 when he joined an investigative whaling expedition to the Antarctic. He served as an assistant to William Speirs Bruce, a medical student with an interest in oceanography (future leader of Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902-04) . With his paintings, sketches and notes he wrote this book. It was said that he was the first "Artist in Residence" in the Antarctic. From Rosove, “Murdoch’s narrative covers the voyage south at great length, providing a fascinating picture of shipboard life, together with chantey’s and yarns in Scottish dialect. The Falkland Islands account is well detailed. The Antarctic portion of the narrative contains astute observations of the wildlife and sealing operations. Bruce contributed a chapter summarizing the scientific observations.”.

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