LASHLY, William.

The Diary of W. Lashly.

£12,500

The Diary of W. Lashly.

Reading, University of Reading, 1938-39.

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Description

A remarkable survival.

Lashly served on both Scott expeditions, but this portion of his diary covers his heroic return with Evans and Crean from supplying the last depot on the Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole.

The University initiated the project as an exercise in fine printing, but it caught the spirit of a slightly later age in reproducing the exploits of a below-deck seaman. Today Lashly’s fame is well established, based largely on this harrowing return from the last depot on Scott’s polar journey – during which Lashly and Crean virtually saved the life of Captain (and second in command of the expedition) Edward Evans, who was severely affected by scurvy.

An extremely rare book, printed and bound by students at the University of Reading, which was never offered for sale. This is one of a very few copies known with the original glassine intact.

Description

First edition. 8vo, [iv], 37, [iii] pp., one of only 75 numbered copies printed, this number 49, publisher’s cloth-backed salmon coloured paper boards. with the publisher’s glassine dust wrapper still intact, 2 tiny bumps to fore-edge of upper board, slightest wear to glassine, a fine copy. Modern red morocco-backed clamshell box.

Bibliography

Rosove 197.A1; Taurus 87; Spence 685.

 

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