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The Heart of the Antarctic
09, 1909 09, 1909 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition.. The first edition of Ernest Shackleton's autobiographical account of his famous expedition to the South Pole. With half-titles. Illustrated throughout with two hundred andsixty-nine plates(collated complete), twelve of which are coloured, and three folding maps and a panoramato the rear of volume II. In February 1907, Shackleton presented to the Royal Geographical Society his plans for an Antarctic expedition, the details of which, under the name British Antarctic Expedition, were published in the Royal Society's newsletter, Geographic Journal. The aim was the conquest of both the geographical South Pole and the South Magnetic Pole. The Great Southern Journey , as Frank Wild called it, began on 19 October 1908. On 9 January 1909 Shackleton and three companions (Wild, Eric Marshall and Jameson Adams) reached a new Farthest South latitude of 88 23' S, a point only 112 miles (180 km) from the Pole. En route the South Pole party discovered the Beardmore Glacier, (named after Shackleton's patron), and became the first persons to see and travel on the South Polar Plateau. Their return journey to McMurdo Sound was a race against starvation, on half-rations for much of the way. At one point, Shackleton gave his one biscuit allotted for the day to the ailing Frank Wild, who wrote in his diary: All the money that was ever minted would not have bought that biscuit and the remembrance of that sacrifice will never leave meInk signatures and blindstamps of E. F. Andrews to the front of both volumes. Complete in two volumes. Condition: In blue cloth bindings with silver design and lettering to boards, and adhered Brodart wraps. Externally, generally smart, though with some slight bumping and a few marks. Internally, generally firmly bound although strained in places. Hinges arestrained. Ink signature and blindstamp to front free-endpaper. Pages are bright, and generally clean, with just some scattered instances of foxing. Some opening tears to the folding plates. Overall: VERY GOOD..
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