The Voyage of the 'Discovery'

SCOTT, Robert Falcon

SCOTT, Robert Falcon The Voyage of the 'Discovery'

Smith, Elder & Co., 1905.

First edition. Two volumes. 8vo. Original blue cloth titled in gilt to the spine, with gilt medallion vignettes to the upper covers. Top edges gilt, others uncut. Copiously illustrated, with photogravure frontispiece to each volume, twelve colour plates and 180 pages of black and white plates containing 260 photographic reproductions (including five double page), three maps (one double page) and two loose fold out charts housed in pouches at the rear of each volume. A near fine, bright set. A little fading to the spine and top edge of one upper cover, and a slight scratch to the lower cover of volume one. Nevertheless, a clean and attractive set of a book quite difficult to find in nice condition. An identical contemporary presentation inscription to the title page of each volume.

Scott's official account of the "Discovery Expedition", which he led. The expedition was organised by the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Society and was the first British Antarctic expedition since Ross's discoveries some sixty years earlier. The purpose of the expedition was to carry out scientific and geographical research and to gain a better understanding of the hitherto largely untouched continent. In this respect it was very successful. The expedition stands as a landmark, from which later ventures could benefit, launching the exploring careers of Shackleton, Edward Wilson and Frank Wild as well as Scott himself and heralding a golden age of Antarctic exploration.

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