Fair. No Dustjacket. 1937. 294 pages. No dust jacket. Blue boards with gilt lettering to the spine. Pages are foxed with good copy and firm binding. Moderate foxing and tanning to endpapers, fore-edge and paste-downs. Inscription to the ffep. Boards rubbed, scuffed, scratched and bowed with average shelf-wear to edges. Spine is sunned, forward leaning, foxed and bumped but text remains clear.
1936, 9th printing. (Hardcover) Very good in good dust jacket. xxxiv, 301pp. Octavo. Illustrated with maps (including one folding map), colour and black and white plates (including frontispiece). Orginal blue cloth with dust jacket. Open and closed tears to edges of dust jacket with 2.5 inch section missing from bottom of spine on dustjacket and tape on the spine.
1937, 1st American Translation. (Hardcover) Very good in good dust jacket. xxxiv, 301pp. Octavo. Colour frontispiece portrait from painting by Hugh G. Riviere, 16 black and white plates (15 from sketches by Wilson and one photo portrait), and 3 maps (1 folding). Original blue cloth; dust jacket worn, chipped, missing large piece triangular piece from rear panel. Rosove 296. B1.a. Introduction by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.
Very Good in Good jacket. Book Blue Cloth. Very Good/Good. 12th Reprint. Signed by Author. 8vo-over 7æ"-9æ" tall. xxxiv, 301 pages. Coloured frontispiece, 16 b/w plates, 3 maps. A clean copy. Dust jacket shows wear on corners and edges, 2 two inch tears. Wilson was one of the 4 men who reached the South Pole in January 1912 together with Captain Scott. This copy is signed by the author on the flyleaf: "To my very esteemed friend A.B. Gilmour as a slight token of gratitude and in memory of 27th May 1940 G.S."
1933, 1st edition. () Near fine in very good dust jacket. xxxiv, 299pp. Octavo. Colour frontispiece portrait from painting by Hugh G. Riviere, 23 listed plates, and 3 maps (1 folding). Original blue cloth; dust jacket shows some wear (along the top edge and bottom of the spine) as well as uniform fading to light grey on the spine. Foredge and top edge are foxed. Text block is quite clean. Rosove 296. B1.a. Spence 1080 with and introduction by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. The standard biography of Wilson and scarce in the first edition.
Anyone interested in nature, birds, or Antarctica will enjoy this book. Edward Wilson is an inspiration for any amatuer naturalist and birder. He was a dogged observer with unflagging energy and enthusiasm for all his endeavors, even ovecoming TB when he was in his 20s to go on and reach the South Pole on the second Scott Expedition (where he unfortunately persished along with three others). His life and work are a testament to the human spirit and the reward that comes from a life of studying nature close up. Wilson's artwork was superb and this book contains numerous samples. An entertaining read.
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