London: Author, Chatto and Windus; 1951; Library Edition with corrections and postscript  in one volume [first published in 1922] [6.25x9”]; Blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on cover and spine with fore and bottom edges uncut; Cream dust jacket with black lettering and color illustration of Antarctic landscape with haloed moon; lxiv, 612 pp., with illustrations by Edward Wilson and 4 maps; Minor shelf wear to bottom covers, chips to dust jacket on edges without loss of text, closed tears with one old tape repair, and slight darken of spine with minor soiling, some leaves unopened. Covers and text are in fine condition with very good dust wrapper. [Rosove 71.I1b]. Item #13027
Edward Wilson chose Bowers and Cherry-Garrard as his companions for a Winter Journey in 1911 to the rookery of the Emperor Penguin at Cape Crozier; a journey which is still without parallel in polar exploration. On their return five weeks later, Scott described their journey as 'the hardest that has ever been made' -- a phrase which later suggested to Cherry-Garrard the title of his narrative. The book, in all of the editions, is widely regarded as the most readable of all the Antarctic literature. "It was perhaps the only real stroke of luck in Scott's ill fated [Terra Nova] expedition that Cherry-Garrard, the one survivor of the winter journey, happened to be able to describe it so effectively that the reader forgets how comfortable he is in his arm-chair, and remembers the tale with a shiver as if he had been through it himself." - George Bernard Shaw.