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The South Pole.
London: John Murray,, 1912. An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912. Translated from the Norwegian by A. G. Chater. 2 volumes, octavo. Original dark red cloth, gilt titles and enamelled Norwegian flags to spines and within simple red frame to front boards, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Photogravure frontispiece to each volume, 92 similar plates (several containing multiple images), 2 plates of manuscript facsimile, 6 maps and charts of which 3 folding, 16 charts and tables to the text. Presentation inscription on front free endpaper of each volume: "To:- Mr. Arthur E. Salmon. In token of much gratitude for professional advice given. G. Geoffrey Hayward. 21st September, 1944". Bindings a little rubbed and marked, some wear to edges of boards, scattered foxing, front inner hinges cracked but sound. First edition in English, first impression, of Amundsen's account of his "legendary dash to the Pole, in which he gained priority over Robert Falcon Scott's British Expedition by a month … His success over Scott was due to highly disciplined dogsled teams, more accomplished skiers, a shorter distance to the Pole, better clothing and equipment, well-planned supply depots en route, including more nutritious food with plenty of B vitamins, fortunate weather, and a modicum of luck … Amundsen and four of his colleagues reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911, carefully plotted their location, left messages for Scott and King Haakon VII, and then returned to their Framhein base on January 25, 1912, only nine days after the disheartened Scott party reached the Pole" (Books on Ice). "To their credit, John Murray produced a two volume set of real quality, incorporating the Norwegian flag, despite realising that British disappointment at being beaten to the Pole would ensure that it was not a publishing success in the United Kingdom. Altogether, there are 63 full-page photographic reproductions in this version (as opposed to 53 in the original Norwegian publication)" (Taurus). News of Scott's death came three months after publication.
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