A classic of American 19th-century scientific literature and one of the foundation books in the science of oceanography, The Physical Geography of the Sea first appeared in 1855 and is now regarded as the first textbook of modern oceanography. The system introduced by the author of recording the oceanographic data of naval vessels and merchant marine shops was adopted worldwide, and his book remains ever-vital to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to readers interested in the history of science. 14 figures. 18 tables. 10 black-and-white plates.