The final letters and diary entries of Robert Falcon Scott - written in his last days, while hopelessly trapped in a tiny tent by a raging blizzard on the Great Ice Barrier - are among the most poignant and haunting passages ever penned. 'Had we lived,' he wrote, 'I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my ...
The final letters and diary entries of Robert Falcon Scott - written in his last days, while hopelessly trapped in a tiny tent by a raging blizzard on the Great Ice Barrier - are among the most poignant and haunting passages ever penned. 'Had we lived,' he wrote, 'I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman.' Scott's diaries, discovered with his body the next spring and then used as the essence of the book Scott's Last Expedition, caught the public imagination in a way few tales of exploration ever have. The account of Scott's second Antarctic expedition describes the near-disastrous voyage south, the dangers and beauties of the long, dark winter, and the brutal hardships of the trek to the South Pole. But it was the Polar Party's unflagging stamina, bravery, and spirit on their tragic return after finding they had been beaten to their goal by the Norwegian Roald Amundsen that so resonated with the British public. Scott's evocative telling of this story created a legend that would grip the world for generations.
Signed by contributor Second? printing of the Canadian edition, from plates of the US edition, with minor revisions and some additions. Thick quarto. Two volumes, black cloth, spines gilt lettered, top edges gilt, title pages printed in orange and black. xxiv, 446, [2, blank]; [2, blank], (xviii), 376 pp. Frontispiece portraits engraved by Emery Walker with tissue guards in each volume and folding map at rear of each. Volume I contains Scott's journals. Volume II contains "the Reports of the Journeys & the Scientific Work Undertaken by Dr. E.A. Wilson and the Surviving Members of the Expedition." "With Photogravure Frontispieces, 6 Original Sketches in Photogravure by Dr. E.A. Wilson, 18 Coloured Plates (16 from Drawings by Dr. Wilson), 260 Full-Page and smaller Illustrations, from Photographs taken by Herbert G. Ponting, and other Members of the Expedition; Panoramas and Maps."-from the title page. Book collated and all plates and maps present. The spine bears the McClelland & Goodchild imprint, but the title leaf bears the expanded imprint, making this printing between 1914 and 1918. Speaking of Volume I of this printing, Spadoni & Donnelly's bibliography of the M&S imprint states "Minor revisions have been made to the charts at the end of the reprint, and three new charts have been added, bringing the pagination to 446." Volume I has a bit of wear to spine tips and outer corners, slight cover rubbing, gilt spine lettering dulled but legible; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; ink name to front free endpaper with date beneath erased; ink quotations of Robert E. Peary and Scott by hand to the half-title leaf; tears to folding map at rear repaired; tan soil spot to fore margin of pp 23-24; else a good, sound copy. Volume II has has a bit of wear to spine tips and outer corners, slight cover rubbing, gilt spine lettering dulled but legible; repairs to the map at p. 198, else a good, sound copy. SIGNED BY GRIFFITH TAYLOR beneath his printed name at bottom margin of page 198 in Volume II ("Griffith Taylor. 2 Dec 1935.") Taylor's report "The Western Journeys", occupies pp 124-98 of Volume II, which also includes his "A Résumé of the Physiography and Glacial Geology of Victoria Land, Antarctica" (pp 285-94). Thomas Griffith Taylor (1880-1963) grew up in Australia, entered Sydney University in 1899, and studied at Cambridge 1907-10, doing work in geology. Upon his return to Australia, he was offered a position with the Commonwealth Weather Service and was invited to represent the Service on Scott's Terra Nova Expedition (1910-12). Eventually running afoul of the Australian government for his views on immigration to Australia, he took a post as a full professor at the University of Chicago in 1929, moving on to the University of Toronto in 1936. He founded the Department of Geography at that university, having already founded the University of Sydney's department. An interesting copy, signed by an important member of the expedition and an eminent geographer. Note: 4 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
Very good(-) Arranged by Leonard Huxley. 18 color plates, 268 b/w Illus., 2 facsimiles, 2 folding panoramas, 8 maps, 4 folding. 2 vols. Small, thick 4to, black cloth, cloth to vol. II lightly soiled, some maps with light foxing. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1913. First American Edition. Volume I: Being the Journals of Captain R. F. Scott. Volume II: Being the Reports of the Journeys and the Scientific Work undertaken by Dr. E. A. Wilson and the surviving Members of the Expedition. A bright, tight set.
Wilson, Edward A. Near Fine. No Jacket. Thick 8vos. First U.S. Edition. Published November 1913. NEAR FINE 2-Volume set. Books are clean, totally unmarked and complete with all plates (18 in color), photos and foldouts. Both volumes firmly bound. Top page edges gilt. Pages, plates and foldouts are fine-small edge creases and tiny tears to the inside edge of the fold-out maps tipped in at the end of each volume; area of light toning on title page of Vol. 1. Bindings secure and straight; hinges intact, no cracks or splits. Covers, of dark gray/black cloth with gilt titled spines, are clean with light shelf rub, gilt a bit dulled. Volume 1 contains 7 tissue protected photogravure plates (including frontis of Captain Scott), 10 color plates (9 by Edward Wilson), 2 facsimiles of Scott's final journal entries, 2 foldouts each with 2 panoramas, the foldout map at rear, plus dozens of photographic plates. Volume 2 contains photogravure frontis portrait of Edward A. Wilson, 8 color plates (7 by Wilson), 3 double-page plates which include 2 more panoramas, 7 maps of which 5 are foldouts (including large foldout at rear) plus dozens of photographic plates. An eloquent memorial of this tragically doomed venture. 6-1/4 x 9-1/2". Vol. 1 = xxiv + 443 pp. Vol. 2 = xv + 376 pp (including index)
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