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SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest Henry.

The Heart of the Antarctic;

being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.

Stock Code
104873
London, Heinemann, 1909
£38,500

A fine copy of 'the most luxurious publication ever to have appeared during the 'heroic age' of Antarctic exploration, recording the exploits of the one British expedition to have been crowned with popular success' (Taurus).

This copy with the second, corrected, state of the Antarctic Book as usual. In addition to the signatures, the final volume contains special contributions written and drawn by different members of the expedition not present in the trade edition.

The British Antarctic Expedition successfully made a sledge journey to the south magnetic pole. Other achievements were the ascent and survey of Mount Erebus (12,448 feet), the active volcano on Ross Island in addition to the southern sledge journey, which reached within 100 miles of the South Pole.

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Description

First edition, 3 volumes, 4to, one of 300 copies containing the signature of every member of the shore party, illustrated throughout with mounted colour plates, photographic plates, drypoint etchings, maps, diagrams, etc., including 4 folding charts and panoramas in pocket at end of vol. II, original vellum gilt (first 2 volumes) and original vellum-backed boards (third volume), a fine, clean copy largely free from the soiling and bowing that usually blights the work.

Bibliography

Taurus 57; Rosove 305.A2.

Stock ID:104873

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