Title: The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 [...] With an Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill, DSc.. An Account of the First Journey to the South Magnetic Pole by Professor T.W. Edgeworth David, F.R.S.
Publication: London: William Heinemann, 1909.
Description: First edition. 2 vols., large 8vo. (245 x 185mm), pp. xlviii, 371, [i]; xv, [i], 419, [i] + plates and insertions. The total number of plates is correct but facing p.240 of vol.II, instead of ‘Murray holding young penguins’ and ‘Joyce and the dogs’ we find two copies of the former and are lacking the latter. All colour plates have their printed tissues intact. Vol.II has its errata slip bound in; its rear pocket holds three folding maps and one sheet printed with two panoramas, all as called for and aside from a few small spots of foxing all in remarkably good condition. Occasional very light foxing but generally clean inside. Blue cloth, silver titles to spines and upper boards, illustration stamped in silver to upper boards, top edges gilt and others uncut. Spines faded, endcaps a little creased, a few marks to boards, strip of slight fading to upper board fore-edge vol.II and board a little shaken, endpapers toned. A handsome set, lacking one plate but still good overall.
Shackleton’s account of the 1907-9 British Antarctic Expedition. ‘The shore party consisted of fifteen men, including Shackleton. Professor T. W. Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson had embarked at Sydney. Their sledge journey to the south magnetic pole was one of the three foremost achievements of this expedition. The other two achievements were, first, the ascent and survey of Mount Erebus (12,448 feet), the active volcano on Ross Island and, second, the southern sledge journey, which reached within 100 miles of the south pole.’ (ODNB). After the expedition Shackleton journeyed home from New Zealand by liner. He and his literary assistant, Edward Saunders, used the time to work on The Heart of the Antarctic, so that it could be published upon their return to the UK in October 1909.
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