MULOCK (GEORGE F.A.) The Charts of the "Discovery" Antarctic Expedition, FIRST EDITION, Royal Geographical Society, 1908

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MULOCK (GEORGE FRANCIS ARTHUR)
The Charts of the "Discovery" Antarctic Expedition. ["National Antarctic Expedition/ 1901-1904/Charts/by/Lieut. G. F. A. Mulock, R.N."]

£ 5,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,900 - 8,200
MULOCK (GEORGE FRANCIS ARTHUR)
The Charts of the "Discovery" Antarctic Expedition, first edition, 6 large folding maps printed in colours in pocket, printed presentation label and small circular library stamp in places (not touching image of maps) the 8 page text pamphlet in publisher's blue wrappers, pasted inside publisher's blue cloth wallet binding, gilt lettered on upper cover and spine "National Antarctic Expedition/ 1901-1904/Charts/by/Lieut. G. F. A. Mulock, R.N.", minor repairs to spine, without ties, SCARCE [Conrad, p.119; Renard 1106; Rosove 233.A1; Spence 821; Taurus 45; OCLC 13623762], 8vo (258 x 172mm.), Royal Geographical Society, 1908

Footnotes

  • AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY FROM THE LIBRARY OF EDWARD A. WILSON, assistant surgeon on the Discovery expedition, and Scott's closest companion on the fatal polar journey in 1912. George Mulock, a surveyor by training, replaced the invalided Shackleton on Scott's Discovery Expedition in 1903. Mulock notes "Previously to the Discovery Expedition ... there had been little added to the topographical knowledge of South Victoria Land since it was discovered by Sir James Ross in 1841". His own accurate maps, highly regarded by Scott as one of the Expedition's major achievements, were therefore hugely important.

    In the short accompanying text to the charts, Mulock records that all the members of the Expedition helped "in connection with the survey of South Victoria Land and King Edward VIII's Land... but a description of which would be incomplete were no mention made of the excellent sketches of the land by Dr. Wilson... which formed such an integral part of the work extending over two years".

    Provenance: Edward A. Wilson; Cheltenham Public Library (gifted by Oriana Wilson, August, 1926, printed donation label); Martin L. Greene (Seattle) from Colin Bull (Polar explorer, d.2010). See illustration overleaf.
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