The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror during 1839-1843: Mammalia
By Gray, John Edward
Pp. xii, 53 + 62 plates (30 of the whale plates are fine facsimile reproductions, 17 of the original hand-colored plates that accompany the Seals and Miscellanea sections are present, all other plain plates present). Unbound in the original printed wrappers (from the “Fishes” part) with the separately issued title page to the Mammalia section included (as published), in new custom-made clam-shell box of half brown morocco leather over cream-colored textured cloth, boldly lettered in gilt on the spine, sm folio (13.75 x 11 inches). The expedition of the H.M.S. Erebus and Terror to Antarctica took place in 1839-1843 under the Command of Capt. J.C. Ross - one of the expedition’s initial discoveries was the Ross Ice Shelf. The various volumes documenting this significant expedition were edited by John Richardson and John Edward Gray. Any of the published results of this Antarctic exploratory voyage are quite scarce. The volume offered here presents the complete Mammalia section from the Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror. The 53 text-pages are divided into three chapters: Chapter I - The Seals of the Southern Hemisphere (pp. 1-12), Chapter II - Miscellanea (pp. 12a -12d), and Chapter III - On the Cetaceous Animals (pp.13-53). The 62 plates are collated as follows: I-X, XIV-XVII, XXII are plates to accompany the Seals section; XXIII, 19-22, 25-29 are plates to accompany the Miscellanea section (depicting mostly small rodents and bats) and the plates to accompany the Cetaceous Animals section are as follows: 1 plate is not numbered, 1-32, 32bis, 33-37 (plates 1 to 30 of this series are in recent facsimile, made on good heavy paper at the same size as the other plates).
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|Condition Description||The original wrappers are a bit age-toned, the text and plates are generally clean and free from foxing, and the new custom-made clam-shell box is as new; a bright and clean copy in near fine condition.|