Philadelphia: J.B Lippincott Company, 1915 [ND]. Very Good. First Edition, 1st Printing. Two Volumes, 8vo [9.75x7.5in]; Vol. I- , xxx, 349 pp., , frontispiece image of Mawson, 62 plates with 155 images, 10 printed on one side in color with tissue guard, 4 folding, and 52 printed on both sides, 17 maps, charts and sketches in text; Vol. II- , xiii, , 339 pp., , index, frontispiece image of memoriam cross at Cape Denison, 48 plates with 124 images, 9 printed on one side in color, 4 folding, and 39 printed on both sides, 20 maps, charts and sketches in text, 3 folding maps in rear pocket; Dark blue cloth boards with silver lettering on front and spine, silver relief illustration of "Leaning on the Wind" on front, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed; Minimal shelf wear to edges and surfaces, several dark and light spots on covers of both volumes silver on covers still bright, no prior owner markings, closed tear at hinge to tissue paper guard on volume I, in both volumes several leaves uncut. [Rosove 217.A2a, Conrad p. 208, Spence 773]. Item #11288
Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) was an Australian geologist, Antarctic explorer and academic. The Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14) set out to explore the Antarctic coastland south of Australia known as Adelie and Queen Mary Lands. He was the only survivor of the Eastern survey party and his struggle is a harrowing and almost unbelievable tale of survival.
Along with Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, Mawson was a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
From Rosove, the Lippincott edition is considered the first state, as it was issued prior to London edition. Heinemann was not confident of sales in wartime Britain and sent the initial printing to Lippincott to release in January, 1915. After this shipment was sent, Heinemann made a second prinitng with some minor corrections and arrangment of the plates. So, the London Heinemann edition is the First Edition, 2nd printing.