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The Natural History of Sokotra and Abd-el Kuri: being the report upon the results of the conjoint expedition to these islands in 1898-9 by Mr. W.R. Ogilvie-Grant

The Natural History of Sokotra and Abd-el Kuri: being the report upon the results of the conjoint expedition to these islands in 1898-9 by Mr. W.R. Ogilvie-Grant, of the British Museum, and Dr. H. O. Forbes, of the Liverpool Museums, together with information from other available sources, forming a monograph of the island.

Forbes, Henry O., ed. First edition. Large 8vo. pp. xlvii, 598; 34 lithographic plates (including a map and 24 chromolithographs after original sketches by P. Smith, H. Gronvold, J. Green and others); some spotting or foxing to plates, previous owner's armorial bookplate, generally very good in the original green buckram, somewhat faded and marked on spine. This rare work, published as a Special Bulletin of the Liverpool Museums , offers results from the joint British Museum-Liverpool Museum expedition to Socotra (Sokotra) in 1898-9. The island, the largest in the eponymous archipelago, lies off the Horn of Africa south by about 240 miles from the Arabian peninsula, and 120 miles east of the coast of Africa. Politically controlled from Aden for much of its recent history, Socotra's relative isolation in the Arabian Sea means that it contains a high proportion of endemic species. The present work provides a narrative of the journey as an opening chapter, followed by more technical chapters on the mammals, bids, reptiles, amphibia, insects, and concluding with a section on the geology. The contributors includes foremost experts of the day, and the illustrations display work by some of the finest natural history artists of the period.
Mount Everest. The Full Story.' An article in Kodak Magazine

Mount Everest. The Full Story.’ An article in Kodak Magazine, February 1934, pp. 17-24, together with Smythe’s original autograph manuscript of this article, titled ‘The Mount Everest Expedition 1933’.

Smythe, Francis S., Frank (1900-1949). Published version: small 4to. pp. 17-40; numerous illusts. inc. to Smythe's article; a little spotting, else VG in the original wrappers with a cover image of Everest from Smythe's photograph, ownership inkstamp of J. E. Archbald to upper cover. MS version: 25 lined notebook leaves, written in Smythe's hand in pencil to rectos only, the first leaf headed 'The Mount Everest Expedition 1933 by F. S. Smythe'; occasional corrections, some leaves a little frayed (particularly the first and final ones), paperclip marks to first and final leaf. These two items, the autograph and printed versions of the same article, were contributed by Smythe to the monthly Kodak Magazine in February 1934. Smythe had taken part in the 1933 Everest expedition under the leadership of Hugh Ruttledge, and he published a fuller account of it in what is considered to be his best book, Camp Six (1937). The published article is illustrated by 11 of Smythe's photographs; sadly the originals of these are no longer present. The magazine and autograph version of Smythe's article both once belonged to J. E. Archbald, an associate of the Royal Society of Photography, who also contributes some photographs of a theatre show to this same issue (p. 31).