On the Conditions of the Antarctic Regions: A Lecture delivered in the City Hall, Glasgow; under the Auspices of The Glasgow Science Lectures Association, on Thursday, 23rd November, 1876.
First edition. 8vo. pp. 29, [1, blank], [2, pubs. list]; illusts. to text; mild vertical crease throughout, else very good, without the original wrappers, contained in a volume with eleven other Glasgow Science Lectures bound in contemporary half roan for the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, lettered to spine ‘Glasgow Science Lectures ... 1875-77’, Society’s label to spine and inkstamp to first title, slightly faded on spine.
Thomson was chief scientist aboard the Challenger during its oceanographic expedition from 1872. His preliminary narrative of the expedition - The Voyage of the Challenger - also appeared in 1877. The present lecture, delivered in his native Scotland in November, 1876, describes his experiences in the Antarctic during the expedition, with particular reference to physical conditions in the region. A concluding paragraph considers the attainment of the South Pole, with the concluding and prescient words “we can only anticipate disasters multiplied a hundred-fold should the South Pole ever become a goal of rivalry among the nations”. Thomson’s lecture was delivered as part of a series, and is bound in the present volume with eleven other lectures in the series, including Sir William Thomson’s Navigation (1876) and Archibald Geikie’s Mountain Architecture (1877).
Author Thomson, Sir C. Wyville.
Publisher London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company
Condition Very good