Item #103321 Log Letters from "The Challenger" Lord George Campbell.
Log Letters from "The Challenger"

Log Letters from "The Challenger"

London: Macmillan and Co., 1876. First edition. Octavo, half leather binding with marbled boards, colour folding lithograph map frontis, pp 448. Small library stamps, otherwise near-fine.

The Challenger expedition of 1872 - 1876 was a grand scientific tour of the world covering 68,000 nautical miles. It was a scientific programme that made many discoveries to lay the foundation of oceanography. John Murray the oceanographer on the voyage called the Challenger Report "the greatest advance in the knowledge of our planet since the celebrated discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries". Lord George Campbell served on the Challenger Expedition as Sub-lieutenant. He left the expedition in Chile, having been promoted. His letters "were written home during our cruise with no intention of publication [...] Such as they are I hope they will give the reader a general idea of the Challenger’s cruise - a cruise which will rank as famous in the Annals of science”. Campbell describes the places visited (including Melbourne and Cape York). Item #103321

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