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Die Erforschung des Sud-Polar-Gebietes.

NEUMAYER Georg (1872.)

£750.00 

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Offprint from the Zeitschrift fur Erdkunde. Large folding coloured lithograph map. 8vo. Contemporary cloth-backed marbled boards, library stamps to title-page. 60pp. Berlin, Reimer, 

A scarce offprint, providing a neat overview of Antarctic exploration to the time of publication. The map notes the various points of Bellinghausen, Wilkes, Weddell, Cook and Ross among others.

He was a firm believer in the benefits of studying meteorology alongside other scientific fields, and spent several years in Australia establishing an observatory in Flagstaff gardens in Melbourne. He was briefly attached to the Burke and Wills expedition, though turned back at Bilbarka on the Darling River. In 1874 he commanded the Gazelle expedition which observed the transit of Venus from Kergeulen Island and, having returned to Germany, was a vital figure in the preparations for the first German Antarctic expedition, 1901-03. His knowledge was such the Roald Amundsen studied under him in 1900.

 

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