Antarktika [i.e. The Antarctic].

LEBEDEV V. (1957.)

£450.00  [First Edition]

AN EARLY COMPLEX STUDY OF ANTARCTICA BY A SOVIET OCEANOGRAPHER

First edition. 2 folding maps, one plate, plus numerous maps and illustrations to text. 12mo. Publisher's original pictorial wrappers, small chip to spine. 192pp. Plus errata slip bound at end. Moscow, Geografgiz,

Vladimir Lebedev (1930-?) studied oceanography at the Moscow State University, followed by a scientific appointment to the Antarctic whaling flotilla Slava, an expedition which began in 1947 and marked the first Soviet forays into Antarctic waters. After the publication of this book, he would go on to join the 1958 Third Soviet Antarctic Expedition, and overwinter at Mirny.

 

Lebedev was involved with Slava between 1953 and 1955, and his research laid the foundations for the first complex Soviet scientific study of the South polar continent. 

 

This book begins with a historical overview of Antarctic exploration, starting with the alleged expedition of Fernando de Noronha in 1501, then cycling through all of the major achievements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, on into the Heroic Age. Captains Cook, Amundsen and R. F. Scott are all pictured. The section ends with an overview of the 1956 construction of Mirny, the first Soviet Antarctic station. 

 

The proceeding chapters cover the following: General Features of Antarctic Nature, Ice on the Mainland, Ice in the Ocean, Waters of the Southern Ocean, Climate, Crafts, and Fauna. These sections are replete with scientific detail, some but not all of which pertains directly to the task of whaling. Lebedev includes here his own whaling data collected on the Slava expeditions. Further to this there is a notable review of the photographic method of measuring icebergs, complete with a table of measurements. 

 

The numerous halftone illustrations complement the information rich content, and draw both from Lebedev's own photographs as well as images and maps borrowed from other historic works. There are two folding maps showing an oceanographic survey of Antarctica, as well as an allocation of scientific stations for the International Geophysical Year. 

 

OCLC finds 15 copies of this work, all in North America.

Stock Code: 243432

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