The Heart of the Antarctic

Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907 - 1909.

SHACKLETON, Ernest. H.

SHACKLETON, Ernest. H. The Heart of the Antarctic Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907 - 1909.

Heinemann, 1909.

First edition. Two volumes. 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and silver lettering and illustration to the upper cover. Top edges gilt. Photogravure frontispieces to each volume; twelve colour plates after paintings by George Marston, all with captioned tissue guards; four double-page photographic plates, 271 photographic illustrations on 195 plates; diagrams, maps, plans & graphs in the text, including nine full-page. Also three folding maps and one folding plate containing two panoramic views in end-pocket of vol. II. A near fine set, with light fading to the spines with the silver blocking generally bright, but with a little rubbing on Vol. II. A little foxing to the edges but pages generally very clean. An uncommonly well preserved set of this ground breaking work.

Shackleton's own account of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition, during which, with his boat marooned by ice, he took a sledging party to within 97 miles of the South Pole and within the area of the magnetic South Pole, in doing so claiming the Victoria Land Plateau for the British crown.

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