Item #12949 The Great United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. William Stanton.

The Great United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842

Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1975. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. [9.75x7in]. x, 731 [1], notes, bibliographical note, index, many illustrations in text; Gray spotted linen covers with gilt lettering on dark blue on spine, blue end papers with maps of expedition, all edges trimmed; Blue dust jacket with white letter and background illustration of ship in an ice field; Minor small chips to dust-jacket edged and corners with minor rubbing, price clipped. Item #12949

This was the first United States sponsored scientific exploring expedition to the Antarctic, Pacific islands and West coast. Lieutenant Charles Wilkes left Norfolk with six ships to explore and chart islands, which many of the fine survey charts were in use 100 years later. One of the concepts for the expedition was to determine if the earth really was hollow at with access at its poles. However, sailing to Antarctica only a frozen coastline was discovered and mapped. The vast cultural and scientific collections were part of the founding of the National Museum, the Naval Observatory and National Botanical Gardens. Congress commissioned a five volume book, with atlas of charts, by Wilkes on the expedition and many popular reprints were made.

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