LECOINTE (GEORGES) Expédition Antartique Belge, FIRST EDITION, Brussels, Oscar Schepens, 1904
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LECOINTE (GEORGES) Expédition Antartique Belge, FIRST EDITION, Brussels, Oscar Schepens, 1904
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LECOINTE (GEORGES) Expédition Antartique Belge, FIRST EDITION, Brussels, Oscar Schepens, 1904
LECOINTE (GEORGES)
Expédition Antarctique Belge. Au pays des manchots. Récit du voyage de la "Belgica", first edition, photographic frontispiece, 93 photographic illustrations in text, 5 folding maps, early half blue cloth, publisher's pictorial stiff wrappers bound in [Rosove 199.A1; Spence 698; OCLC 1275598], 8vo (240 x 160mm.), Brussels, Oscar Schepens, 1904

Footnotes

  • Lecointe was the second-in-command, under Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery, on the Belgica expedition, 1897-99. An abridged version of his narrative has been translated into German and English, but the expedition is most familiar to English language readers from the account written by Frederick A. Cook. Roald Amundsen was a member of the crew. The Belgica reached Antarctic waters in January 1998, immediately being "hit by severe gale which, despite the heroic efforts of Lecointe, caused the death by drowning of [a] twenty-two-year-old sailor" (Howgego), the crew subsequently being severely affected by scurvy and madness. Despite this, the expedition scientists brought back a substantial quantity of material, including 700 rock samples, the record for a full year cycle of meteorological observations, and having discovered 188 new species in the coastal seas.

    Provenance: Martin L. Greene (Seattle) from Bob Finch (High Latitude).
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