The Heart of the Antarctic.

Shackleton (E.H.)

The Heart of the Antarctic.

Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. [With:] The Antarctic Book. Winter Quarters. 1907-1909. [Together three volumes.]

Description: FIRST DELUXE EDITION, 260/300 COPIES, SIGNED by all members of the shore party in vol. iii, 2 photogravure frontispieces, 16 total tipped-in coloured plates (with captioned guards), 4 photographic double-page plates, 195 further plates containing 271 total illustrations, maps and diagrams in text, 6 etchings in vol. iii, 3 folding maps and one folding panoramic plate in rear pocket of vol. ii, a few foxspots, pp. xlviii, 371, [1]; xv, [i], 418, [2]; 53, [3], 4to, original stiff vellum boards, backstrips lettered in gilt (vol. iii in orig. vellum-backed grey boards), gilt penguin device to front boards of vols. i-ii, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, bindings just slightly age-yellowed, showing a few light scratches and a minor crease to head of vol. i backstrip, map pocket at rear of vol. ii split at one side but now neatly reinforced, endpaper of vol. i with minor insect damage, very good

Publication Details: Heinemann. 1909

Notes: The first deluxe edition of this Antarctic classic, Shackleton's account of his 'Nimrod' expedition of 1907-9. The expedition set a record for farthest southward reach, making it to the magnetic pole and coming within 100 nautical miles of the pole itself; the next record set was Amundsen's achievement of that goal. Amundsen himself acknowledged that 'Sir Ernest Shackleton's name will always be written in the annals of Antarctic exploration in letters of fire'. Priestley famously said: 'For scientific leadership, give me Scott, for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen. But when you are in a ho...more

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Price: £20,000

Subject: Travel & Topography

Published Date: 1909

Stock Number: 67843

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