MURRAY, John. The Renewal of Antarctic Exploration [contained in one issue of The Geographical Journal]. London, RGS, January, 1894.
8vo. Original printed wrappers; pp. 1-41, a few illustrations in the text, large colour printed map at rear; a very clean and fresh copy.
This is the first edition of a substantial and early article pushing towards Antarctic exploration. Murray was a member of the Challenger oceanographic expedition and presents a history of Antarctic exploration, as well as summing up current scientific theories concerning the Antarctic continent. 'Within the past few months I have been in communication with geographers and scientific men in many parts of the world, and among them there is complete unanimity as to the desirability, nay, necessity, for South Polar exploration… This exploration should be undertaken by the Royal Navy' (pp. 23ff). Murray's lecture was followed by a discussion of the topics, including opinions by Sir Joseph Hooker, Sir George Nares, and W. S. Bruce. The article is concluded by a bibliography of German papers on the subject.