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The Voyage of the "Discovery".
London: Charles Scribner's Sons; Smith, Elder, & Co.,, 1905. 2 volumes, large octavo. Contemporary blue half morocco for J. & E. Bumpus Ltd of Oxford Street, spines lettered in gilt in compartments, blue cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, blue silk page markers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, title pages printed in red and black, 12 colour plates, 158 half-tone photographic plates, 12 further black and white plates, 5 double-page panoramas of which 4 from photographs, 5 maps of which one double-page and 2 folding in end-pockets. With the bookplate of Annie Cowdray (d. 1932), wife of the 1st Viscount Cowdray, to the front pastedowns. Spines lightly toned, a couple of faint marks to vol. I, foxing to edges; an excellent set. First edition, second impression, of Scott's official narrative of his first Antarctic expedition, an "elaborate and handsome publication" (Taurus) and a classic of the genre. The 1901–4 voyage of the Discovery was the first scientific expedition to pass two consecutive winters at a high latitude in Antarctica, and made the first extensive land journeys into the interior of the continent; a farthest south of 82°17' was achieved on 30 December 1902. The trip was the beginning of the mutual antipathy between Scott and Shackleton, partly owing to Scott's forcing Shackleton's early return to England on account of illness. Among the civilian scientists was Dr Edward Adrian Wilson, Scott's close friend and confidant on this and his last expedition, where he too was to die; a talented artist, he also contributed watercolours for the attractive frontispieces and several of the plates, including all those in colour. With twenty-eight sledge journeys accomplished, the ice sheet explored, and a comprehensive scientific programme completed, the expedition was a triumph, although the failure of Scott's dogs was an ominous portent.
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