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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).
Papers relating to the Himalaya and Mount Everest.' An article in the complete issue of Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London

Papers relating to the Himalaya and Mount Everest.’ An article in the complete issue of Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London, no. IX, April & May, 1857.

Waugh, Lieutenant-Colonel A.S. & B. S. Hodgson. First edition. 8vo. pp. 329-364 [article at pp. 345-351]; some staining, good in the original printed wrappers. Signed to the front wrapper by Ed Hillary. Ownership inscription of Michael Ward to first leaf of text (doctor on the 1953 Everest Expedition). Not in the usual bibliographies. This original article announces the naming of Mount Everest, and is signed by the first man to climb the mountain. Waugh's notice, just 2pp. long and dated Dehra, March 1st, 1856, marks the beginning of the Everest story in Britain. In this brief article, Waugh imparts to the members of the RGS news that the Survey of India's peak XV "is higher than any other hitherto measured in India, and most probably it is the highest in the whole world." He continues: "I was taught by my respected chief and predecessor, Colonel Geo. Everest, to assign to every geographical object its true local or native appellation. I have always scrupulously adhered to this rule, as I have in fact to all other principles laid down by that eminent graduist. But here is a mountain . . . without any local name that we can discover . . . I have determined to name this noble peak of the Himalayas 'Mont Everest'". There follows a second notice in which B.H. Hodgson suggests that Everest does have a local name - Devadhunga - which should be adopted. In the discussion following the reading of these two papers at the RGS, the president Sir Roderick Murchison hopes that, whatever its name in India, in England at least peak XV "would always be known by the name of Everest". The final say goes to Colonel Everest himself, who objects to the application of his name to peak XV because the word Everest "was not pronounceable by a native of India".
On the Conditions of the Antarctic Regions: A Lecture delivered in the City Hall

On the Conditions of the Antarctic Regions: A Lecture delivered in the City Hall, Glasgow; under the Auspices of The Glasgow Science Lectures Association, on Thursday, 23rd November, 1876.

Thomson, Sir C. Wyville. First edition. 8vo. pp. 29, [1, blank], [2, pubs. list]; illusts. to text; mild vertical crease throughout, else very good, without the original wrappers, contained in a volume with eleven other Glasgow Science Lectures bound in contemporary half roan for the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, lettered to spine 'Glasgow Science Lectures . . . 1875-77', Society's label to spine and inkstamp to first title, slightly faded on spine. Thomson was chief scientist aboard the Challenger during its oceanographic expedition from 1872. His preliminary narrative of the expedition - The Voyage of the Challenger - also appeared in 1877. The present lecture, delivered in his native Scotland in November, 1876, describes his experiences in the Antarctic during the expedition, with particular reference to physical conditions in the region. A concluding paragraph considers the attainment of the South Pole, with the concluding and prescient words "we can only anticipate disasters multiplied a hundred-fold should the South Pole ever become a goal of rivalry among the nations". Thomson's lecture was delivered as part of a series, and is bound in the present volume with eleven other lectures in the series, including Sir William Thomson's Navigation (1876) and Archibald Geikie's Mountain Architecture (1877).