New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905. Near Fine. First First American Edition. In Two Volumes, 8vo [9.5x7in]; Vol. I- xx, 556 pp., frontispiece illustration of "Discovery" by Wilson with tissue paper guard, 92 plates with 7 in color from watercolor paintings by Wilson, 1 double-page with 2 panoramas, and 84 single-page with 105 images and 14 illustrations, 16 illustrations in text and 3 maps with one folding in rear pocket, Vol. II- xii, 508 pp., index, frontispiece image Scott with tissue paper guard, 92 plates with 6 in color from watercolor paintings by Wilson, 4 double-page with 8 panoramas, and 82 single-page with 120 images and 4 illustrations, 2 maps with one folding in rear pocket; Dark blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and gilt medallions, in high relief, on front, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed; Minimal shelf wear to edges, small water stain on Vol. II frontispiece lower corner and small chip in middle of tissue paper guard, prior owner illustrative bookplate on front end papers of both volumes with name scraped out, ink date. [Rosove 286.A3, Conrad p. 121, Spence 1050. Item #11311
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) was one of the most famous British Royal Navy explorers that led two expeditions to the Antarctic. This 1901-1904 expedition was noted for being one of the most well equipped for science and discovery in the Heroic Age of polar expeditions in the late 1890's to 1922. Scott was promoted by the Sir Clements Markham of the Royal Geographical Society and the focus of the expedition was science and to gain experience in a future attempt for the South Pole. In addition to this book, there was an eleven volume series on the scientific findings published by the British Museum. This is a classic tale and one of the foundation books to any polar collection.