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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. Read more Show Less

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A large-format, profusely illustrated volume issued in conjunction with the Smithsonian's exhibition commemorating the expedition of 1838-42. Controversial in its day but largely forgotten now, the expedition proved that Antarctica was a continent, produced many still-valuable maps of Pacific islands, and brought back the nucleus of the Smithsonian's natural history collections. Not a narrative history like William Stanton's The Great United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842 (1975), this is a collection of essays evaluating the scientific contributions made by the expedition. The text will appeal primarily to readers interested in the history of American science, but the numerous well-produced illustrations may appeal to a wider audience. Jonathan F. Husband, Framingham State Coll. Lib., Mass.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874749458
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/1985
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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