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The Resource The Arctic journal of captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A. : the naturalist in H.M.S. Alert, 1875-1876, edited by Trevor H. Levere

The Arctic journal of captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A. : the naturalist in H.M.S. Alert, 1875-1876, edited by Trevor H. Levere

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The Arctic journal of captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A. : the naturalist in H.M.S. Alert, 1875-1876
Title
The Arctic journal of captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A.
Title remainder
the naturalist in H.M.S. Alert, 1875-1876
Statement of responsibility
edited by Trevor H. Levere
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Language
eng
Summary
The British Arctic Expedition of 1875-6 was the first major British naval expedition to the high Arctic where science was almost as important as geographical exploration. There were hopes that the expedition might find the hypothetical open polar sea and with it the longed-for North-west Passage, and it did reach the highest northern latitude to date. The Royal Society compiled instructions for the expedition, and selected two full-time naturalists (an unusual naval concession to science), of whom one, Henry Wemyss Feilden, proved a worthy choice.Feilden was a soldier, who fought in most of the wars in his lifetime, including the American Civil War, on the Confederate side. On board HMS Alert, he kept a daily journal, a record important for its scientific content, but also as a view of the expedition as seen by a soldier, revealing admiration and appreciation for his naval colleagues; he performed whatever tasks were given to him, including the rescue of returning sledge parties stricken by scurvy. He also did a remarkably comprehensive job in mapping the geology of Smith Sound; some of his work, on the Cape Rawson Beds, was the most reliable until the 1950s. He was an all-round naturalist, and a particularly fine geologist and ornithologist. He was not just a collector; he pondered the significance of his findings within the context of the best modern science of his day: in zoology, Charles Darwin on evolution; in botany, Hooker on phytogeography, and in geology, Charles Lyell's system. He illustrated his journal with his own sketches, and also enclosed the printed programmes of popular entertainments held on the ship, and verses for birthdays and sledging (there was a printing press onboard)
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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ERASA
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1838-1921,
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Feilden, H. W.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Levere, Trevor Harvey,
  • Hakluyt Society,
Series statement
Works issued by the Hakluyt Society
Series volume
third series, no. 35
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  • Feilden, H. W.
  • Alert (Sloop : 1856-1895)
  • Discovery (Ship : 1874-1902)
  • Arctic regions
  • Feilden, H. W.
  • Discovery and exploration, British
  • Arctic Regions
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The Arctic journal of captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A. : the naturalist in H.M.S. Alert, 1875-1876, edited by Trevor H. Levere
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-377) and indexes
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1129256996
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xxxi, 400 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780367356378
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1129256996
Label
The Arctic journal of captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A. : the naturalist in H.M.S. Alert, 1875-1876, edited by Trevor H. Levere
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-377) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1129256996
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xxxi, 400 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780367356378
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1129256996

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