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The Worst Journey in The World: - CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley - 1922. 
New York: George H. Doran Company,, 1922. Antarctic 1910?1913. 2 volumes, octavo. Original natural linen-backed pale blue boards, paper labels, endpapers to match the boards. Coloured frontispiece to each and 4 other coloured plates in all, 43 black and white plates, 5 maps, 4 of them folding. Bookplate of John C. Parsons to front pastedowns. Spines and board edges a little toned with the odd mark; an excellent set. First American edition, from English sheets, simultaneous issue. In Cherry-Garrard's preferred "Polar" binding of cloth backed boards. "Cherry-Garrard seems an unlikely hero of Antarctic exploration, but he has achieved that status largely through this book? a young but wealthy patrician, near-sighted and frail, he paid his way onto the crew as an assistant zoologist, but performed splendidly in many harrowing situations" (Books on Ice). The "worst journey" referred to in the title is not "Scott's ill-fated rendezvous with death," but the earlier Ross Island Winter Journey, from Cape Evans to the penguin colony at Cape Crozier, with Edward Wilson and Henry "Birdie" Bowers. Both of his companions on this trip were to die on the Southern Journey with Scott, Cherry-Garrard being with the last group sent back before the final assault on the South Pole, he was also sent to rendezvous with the returning party of Scott and his four companions, and was the discoverer of the tent and their frozen bodies. A nice set of a book "widely regarded as the masterpiece of polar exploration."
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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