MAWSON, Sir Douglas.

The Home of the Blizzard,


The Home of the Blizzard,
being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 … illustrated in Colour and Black and White, also with Maps.
London, William Heinemann, 1915.

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The Home of the Blizzard,


First edition of Mawson’s ‘classic account of “heroic age” exploits’ with ‘stunning photography’ (Taurus). Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958), a former companion of Shackleton on the Nimrod expedition, visited the almost unexplored regions of King George V Land and Adelie Land, charting about two thousand miles of coastline from 1911 to 1913.

With sales diminished by the ongoing war in Europe, Heinemann soon abridged and republished The Home of the Blizzard in a popular edition. None the less, the first, two-volume edition is ‘handsome, and all aspects of the expedition are thoroughly covered’, and accompanied by ‘beautiful, softly toned, color paintings’ and ‘superbly prepared’ maps (Rosove).


First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, [2 (blank)], xxx, 348, [1], [3 (blank)]; [2 (blank)], xiii, [1 (blank)], 337, [1], [4 (imprint, blanks)] pp., with numerous illustrations and charts in text, photographic frontispiece portraits (captioned on tissue guards) and 218 plates (many with multiple illustrations), of which 9 double-page and 18 printed in colour (each captioned on a tissue guard), 3 large folding maps with printed colour loosely inserted in vol. II; short marginal tear to plate facing I, p162; publisher’s dark blue cloth gilt, upper boards pictorially blocked in silver; a little wear at extremities, spines and top-edges dust-stained, textblock slightly cockled, nonetheless a very good set.

J. Meyrick Part, Feb. 1st 1915 (ink ownership inscriptions to front free endpapers).


Taurus, 100; Rosove, 217.A1.a.


Stock ID: 98639