Remarkable Luminous Phaenomenon, observed in a Voyage to Greenland.
[Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. 47, Paternoster-Row. 1818.]
A rare aquatint. 260 x 171mm. 10¼ x 6¾".
The shadow of a man surrounded by a small luminous circle and a larger luminous oval. From 'Greenland, the adjacent seas, and the North-west Passage to the Pacific Ocean, illustrated in a voyage to Davis's Strait, during the summer of 1817...", by Bernard O'Reilly. While this phenomenon may be some kind of fogbow, its double nature and the completeness of the circles make its exact identification diffucult. This voyage was made by the whaling ship Thomas with O'Reilly serving as ship's surgeon. O'Reilly claims to have discovered the Linnaean Island Chain and is confident of the discovery of a northwest passage. Although O'Reilly made many of the observations in the book, it is believed that large parts of the text were plagiarised from the lectures of Professor von Giesecke.
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