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London: William Heinemann,, 1919. The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914–1917. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine in silver, single rule to boards in silver, pictorial block of The Endurance copied from the original cover in silver, twin rule to turn-ins in silver, burgundy endpapers, all edges silver. Colour frontispiece, folding map and 87 plates. Some light browning to pages, an excellent copy in a fine binding. First edition, first impression. Shackleton embarked in 1914 on the Endurance to make the first traverse of the Antarctic continent; a journey of some 1800 miles from sea to sea. But 1915 turned into an unusually icy year in Antarctica; after drifting trapped in the ice for nine months, the Endurance was crushed in the ice on October 27. "Shackleton now showed his supreme qualities of leadership. With five companions he made a voyage of 800 miles in a 22-foot boat through some of the stormiest seas in the world, crossed the unknown lofty interior of South Georgia, and reached a Norwegian whaling station on the north coast. After three attempts. Shackleton succeeded (30 August 1916) in rescuing the rest of the Endurance party and bringing them to South America" (DNB). Amazingly, all members of the Endurance party survived the ordeal.
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