Robert Falcon Scott sailed with over 1,200 books for Antarctic expedition

December 26th, 2007 - 3:50 pm ICT by admin  

London, December 26 (ANI): British Royal Navy officer and Antarctic explorer, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, was carrying more than 1,200 books with him when he set sail from Dundee, according to a study.

Dr. Bill Bell of the Centre for the History of the Book at Edinburgh University has revealed that the finding is based on a study of the inventory aboard the ship RSS Discovery.

He revealed that Scotts library on the ship was stuffed with fiction, biography and poetry, as well as practical scientific books.

His Christmas selection in 1901 included two volumes of the works of Thucydides, Macaulays History of England, and Sir Walter Scotts Waverley novels.

Scott was also carrying essays by Charles Lamb, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, and the collected poems of Byron, reports Times Online.

Besides, the explorer also read Whitakers Almanac, The Times Gazetteer, and Whos Who so as to stay ahead of his officers during after-dinner arguments.

Dr. Bell, who analysed Scotts reading habits by studying Discoverys library catalogue, said that photographic records showed that the latter had a very strong liking for good books.

Scotts catalogue of books for Christmas 1901 includes:

Thucydides in two volumes
Macaulays History of England
Pepys Diary
The Times Gazetteer
Lamb, Essays of Elia
Works of Byron
Chapmans Homer
Scotts Waverley novels (ANI)

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