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To the South Polar Regions; Expedition of 1898-1900
London: Hurst & Blackett, 1901. Octavo, title printed in red and black, 73 plates and illustrations (mostly photographic by the author, one folding), two large folding maps (one printed in colours), 4 pp. of advertisements at end; publisher's red "Colonial issue" cloth. First edition of this participant's account of the Antarctic cruise of the Southern Cross under the leadership of C.E. Borchgrevink. This was the first expedition to winter in the Antarctic. In 1884, Belgian-born Bernacchi had arrived in Tasmania with his family, aged eight; he was naturalised in 1886. Bernacchi joined the Southern Cross expedition as physicist and astronomer and became the first Australian to work and winter in Antarctica. In 1900 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded the Society's Peek Grant. In 1901-4 he served as physicist with Scott's first Antarctic Expedition. "Bernacchi's account is a gem in the Antarctic literature... To him we are indebted for many beautiful literary images of the voyage. Bernacchi was only twenty-six at the time of publication but had an unmistakable writing ability, amply confirmed in his subsequent literary output; the work is attractively illustrated with photographs taken by the author" (Rosove). Provenance: Private collection (Australia).
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