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First on the Antarctic Continent,
London: George Newnes, Limited,, 1901. being an Account of the British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900. Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to the spine together with a small block, gilt, of the author on skis, and to the upper board with a large block in gold and silver of the Southern Cross in pack-ice, top edge gilt, the others uncut, black surface-paper endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, numerous illustrations to the text, 18 of them full-page, 3 folding, coloured maps. Slight whitening at the board tips, head, tail and very edges of the spine, a very good copy indeed. First edition. Financed by the publisher Sir George Newnes, the Southern Cross expedition "laid claim to a number of 'firsts': the first time dogs were used on the Antarctic continent, a furthest south record, the first sledge journey on the Ross Ice Shelf … today … best remembered as having discovered the northward movement of the Ross Ice Shelf and the emperor penguin rookery at Cape Crozier" (Taurus). Borchgrevink probably did not get the credit that he deserved as Sir Clements Markham and the geographical establishment were dismissive of his rather journalistic account, and their "attention was focussed on Scott's forthcoming expedition" (Howgego). It was not until 1930, just 4 years before his death, that Borchgrevink received the RGS Patron's Medal. An exceptionally nice copy of this uncommon and attractively-produced Polar title.
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