Washington, D.C. 1985 Soft Cover First Edition, First Thus New in None as Issued jacket BRAND NEW Copy w/trace edge wear. rubs. Volume accompanying Smithsonian's exhibition
commemorating the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-42, led by Lt. Charles Wilkes. Voyage established Antarctica as a continent, produced many maps of Pacific islands, and returned with what is the nucleus of the Smithsonian's natural history collections---specimens include 2000 birds; 150 mammals, 1000 corals, crustacean & mollusks; 50, 000 plants; plus fossils, minerals, rocks and some 5, 000 human artifacts! Collection of 12 essays evaluating the expedition's scientific contributions followed by appendices on the vessels. A milestone in science history.
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