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WORST JOURNEY IN THE WORLD: Antarctic 1910-1913
London: Constable and Company, 1922. 2 volumes. First edition, first issue. 73 panoramas, maps and illustrations, ten of them folding,a number in colours, by Dr. Edward A. Wilson and other members of the expedition. 8vo, publisher’s original linen backed blue paper boards with manila lettering labels on the spines. lxiv, 300, [4]; viii, 301-580, index pp. A pleasing and very well preserved set of this scarce book, and a partially unopened, pristine copy. No chipping or bumping or damage to the bindings. Very clean internally with virtually none of the usual foxing encountered in these volumes, some light, typically seen spotting at half-titles from offsetting of the pastedowns. Spine labels somewhat mellowed from age, one label with light chipping, but both of the original replacement labels remain tipped in as issued and may be used to replace the existing labels as desired. IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF A CORNERSTONE TEXT. One of the most sought after and most difficult to find first editions in the polar canon, this is a dramatic and splendidly written account of Scott's 1910-1913 expedition. This is the dramatic and splendidly written account of Scott's last expedition from its departure from England in 1910 to its return to New Zealand in 1913. The expedition was comprised of three actual journeys: the depot journey, during which supplies were laid for the polar trip; the winter journey to Cape Crozier to visit the penguin rookery--the "worst journey" of the title; and the final, tragic attempt on the pole, during which Scott and three others perished. The story of Scott's last expedition is of course a great tale, and Cherry-Garrard uses his considerable skill as a writer to heighten the drama. “And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man you will do nothing: if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say,’What is the use?’ For we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a great deal. If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penquin’s egg.”-Cherry-Garrard. The best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic. - Taurus Later editions omitted the numerous panoramas, color plates, one map, and most of the photographs.
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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