AUTHOR: Guillemard, Francis Henry Hill
TITLE: The cruise of the Marchesa to Kamchatka
& New Guinea. With notices of Formosa, Liu-Kiu, and various islands
of the Malay archipelago, by F. H. H. Guillemard.
IMPRINT: London, J. Murray, 1886.
COLLATION: 2 v. col. front., ill., plates,
port, maps (part fold.) tables.
HOLDINGS: Have complete.
NOTES: Rare first edition of this
important scientific expedition to Kamschatka & New Guinea with
woodcuts and plates by Keulemans, Whymper, etc., including its large
appendix on the birds collected. Dieter Schierenberg catalogue
A scarce account of a natural history expedition in the Pacific,
primarily ornithological, made aboard the marchesa, an auxiliary schooner
yacht of 420 tons. Visits were made to Formosa, Ryukyu Islands, Kamchatka,
Bering Islands, Sulu Archipelago, New Guinea, Celebes, the Moluccas,
and the Aru Islands. Richly illustrated with maps and plates of the
places visited. The present report of the voyage contains much
information about the physical conditions of the regions visited. A
collection of objects of natural history was brought home, especially
from the Malay and Papuan regions, including about 3000 specimens of
birds, which the author treated in a series of papers in the Proceedings
of the Zoological Society of London for 1885. One of the main objects
was to become acquainted with the Birds of Paradise in their native
forests, and a total number of seventeen different species of these
birds was obtained. (Anker) A good portion of the book is devoted
to the stay in Kamchatka, with many interesting observations on natural
history there. Despite the Alaskan visit, not in the standard Alaskan
bibliographies. William Reese, catalogue 197: Voyages
Guillemards work builds upon that of the great naturalist, Alfred
Russell Wallace, 20 years earlier, in his classic Malay Archipelago.
The Schooner Marchesa initially put in at Socotra and Oolegaum Island,
one of the Maldive group, on her way from Aden and Ceylon. She proceeded
via Singapore to Formosa and the Liu-kiu Islands, thence to Japan and
finally to Kamschatka. Following a return visit to Japan, the yacht
then explored the little-known islands of the Sulu Archipelago and the
territory of North Borneo Company. The Marchesa then returned
to Singapore to take in stores, and proceeded, via Sumbawa, Celebes,
and various other islands of the Malay Archipelago to New Guinea. The
trip concentrated on those islands and territories that had not bee
previously visited, in particular those not alluded to by Alfred Russell
Wallace. Henry Sotheran, Picadilly notes 42 (Summer
REFERENCES: Nissen, ZBI, 1761;
KEYWORD: 1. Oceania. 2. Kamchatka Peninsula
(Russia) 3. Marchesa (Schooner yacht) 4. Natural history.
LOCATION: DS507.G95 1886