a fine example in the publisher's original morocco-backed boards.
CHARCOT, Jean-Baptiste. Journal de l'expédition antarctique française 1903-1905. Le "Français" au Pôle Sud ... Préface par l'Admiral Fournier ... Suivi d'un exposé de quelques-uns des travaux scientifiques par les membres de l'état-major MM. Matha, Rey, Pléneau, Turquet, Gourdon, Charcot. Paris: F. Jourdan for Ernest Flammarion, 1906.
8vo. Original morocco-backed marbled boards, spine lettered, dated at the foot, and decorated in gilt, printed pictorial wrappers bound in, top edge gilt, fore-edges uncut, lower edges trimmed, pictorial lithographic wrapper bound in, marbled endpapers; pp. [xvi, including initial blank and portrait-frontispiece], xxxvii, 486, , with folding map and many illustrations (several full-page), charts and tables in the text; light wear to extremities; internally only light browning in places; a good copy.
First edition. Financed by an inheritance received in 1893, Charcot's French Antarctic Expedition initially intended to search for Nordenskjöld, from whose Antarctic expedition there had been no word in the spring of 1903. However, on reaching Buenos Aires and finding that the Swedish expedition had returned safely, Charcot continued to the Palmer Archipelago and the Graham Land Coast. There, in spite of damage sustained by the Français, the expedition succeeded in discovering 620 miles of new coasts and islands, making an accurate map of the Graham Land Archipelago, undertaking numerous scientific observations, and assembling extensive collections of zoological, botanical and geological specimens. The work was issued in two bindings: printed wrappers and morocco-backed boards, with the printed wrappers bound in; the present copy is a very fine example of the latter binding, and the pictorial wrappers are in very fresh condition.
Conrad p. 134; Denucé 2385; Spence 253; Taurus 54.