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The South Pole
12 1912 - An illustrated first edition of this work of Polar Exploration by Roald Amundsen. First English edition, translated from the Norwegian by A G Chater. First printing, with no reprint stated. Collated: Complete, with all plates, maps and plans, including the two folding maps to the rear. Roald Amundsen wasa Norwegian explorer of polar regions. His expedition of 1910-1912 to the Antarctic was the first to reach the South Pole, competing against the expedition of Scott to the Antarctic, for which he was originally criticised in Great Britain. Amundsen beat Scott's party to thepole by a month and, unlike Scott, returned home safely, benefiting from careful preparation, good equipment andclothing and the use of dogs and skis. Amundsen was a key expedition leader in theHeroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and after his success reaching the South Pole, Amundsen was the first leader for the air expedition to the NorthPole. Subsequently he was the first person without dispute to have reached both poles, as well as the first to traverse the Northwest Passage in the Arctic. Condition: In the original red cloth bindings. Externally, generally smart with light rubbing to the extremities and slight bumping to extremities and head and tail of the spine. Light spotting of dampstaining to boards. Evidence of labels removed from the tail of the spines. Hinges reinforced although rear hinge of volume I strained before endpaper and map. Volume II lacking front endpaper. Evidence of former bookplate to front pastedowns and slight marks from ink stamps to the endpapersof the first volume. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages bright with light spotting throughout. Surrey County Library stamp to verso and recto of the title pages with ink markings also. Newspaper clipping adhered to blank portion of map at rear of volume I. Tape repairs and reinforcements to the rear folding map of volume II. Overall: VERY GOOD [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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