Lot 1219: James Weddell A VOYAGE TOWARDS THE SOUTH POLE 1825 Antique Antarctic Exploration Natural History Terra Del Fuego Cape Horn Fold-Out Maps Plates
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: A Voyage Towards the South Pole, Performed in the Years 1822-24. Containing an Examination of the Antarctic Sea, to the Seventy-Fourth Degree of Latitude: and A Visit to Tierra del Fuego, with a Particular Account of the Inhabitants. To Which is Added, Much Useful Information on the Coasting Navigation of Cape Horn, and the Adjacent Lands, with Charts of Harbours, &c.
Author: James Weddell - James Weddell was a British sailor, navigator and seal hunter who in February 1823 sailed to latitude of 74°15′S (a record 7.69 degrees or 532 statute miles south of the Antarctic Circle) and into a region of the Southern Ocean that later became known as the Weddell Sea.
Publisher: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 276 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this landmark work on Antarctic exploration. This volume is an ex-library book, with pin hole stamps, bookplate, and attachment on the rear paste-down. The gray cloth exterior shows a faint crack at the head of the spine, and scattered soiling and moisture markings, with faded lettering to the spine. The hinges are cracked, and have been reinforced with archival tape. The title page shows spots of soiling, and the aquatint frontispiece displays spots of soiling and a library pin hole stamp. An errata slip is tipped in at the front of the volume. The first folding map and the first page of text are loose.
The interior of this work is largely clean and bright, with foxing present on and near the plates.
This volume has been collated. It has 276 pages, with no gaps in pagination found. It contains a color frontispiece, eight maps, including six fold out maps, three plates, and two fold out plates. Loss to the plates/maps was noted as follows:
Frontispiece: staining, and has been pinhole stamped by the Wilmington Institute Free Library
Loose Fold out Map: Loss along top from possible rebinding trim; “WIFL” pinhole stamp, partial, four times.
16 (Fold out map): “WIFL” pinhole stamp
22 (plate): staining
25 (map): “WIFL” pinhole stamp
34 (plate): “WIFL” pinhole stamp
40 (fold out map): Text missing along top, possibly from rebinding trim
41 (fold out map): tear from bottom up approx. 1 inch, center; “WIFL” pinhole stamp
44 (plate): staining
97 (map): possible loss along left edge from rebinding trim
132 (fold out map): “WIFL” pinhole stamp
172 (plate): staining
193 (fold out map): Tear on right, top fold, appears to be 1-1 ½ in.; minor tears where folds meet; “WIFL” pinhole stamp twice.
276 (fold out plate): tear from top along left fold, appears to be 1 ½ – 2 in.; loss along top possibly from rebinding trim; “WIFL” pinhole stamp three times; staining
277 (fold out plate): Loss along top possibly from rebinding trim; staining
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