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The Heart of the Antarctic , Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909
London: William Heinemann, 1909. Two volumes, large octavo, frontispiece portrait, extensively illustrated; some spotting affecting first few leaves, silver vignettes on upper boards slightly rubbed, spines sunned, but an excellent copy in the original navy-blue pictorial cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut. First edition of the famous Antarctic account, a cornerstone of any Antarctic collection. A veteran of Scott's expedition of 1901-04, Shackleton determined to mount the first attempt on the South Pole. His expedition of 1907-09 came within ninety-seven miles of reaching its goal before turning back so as not to endanger the lives of the party. Their retreat homeward was a desperate march to reach food before they starved; miraculously all men survived. Despite not achieving their primary objective, they were the first to reach the South Magnetic Pole, and a detailed account of this achievement by Professor T.W. Edgeworth David is present here.
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