Philadelphia: J.B Lippincott Company, 1909. Near Fine. First Edition. Two Volumes, 8vo. [7.75x10.25”]; Vol I - , liii, 366 pp., Vol II -xvi, 451 pp., 2 frontispieces and 12 colored plates with printed tissue guards, 147 black/white plates, numerous illustrations in text, and a panorama and 3 maps in rear pocket; Dark blue cloth with silver letters, ruled edges and image of three explorers and flag on front and gilt lettering on spine and image of single explorer, top edge gilt and other edges untrimmed; Bindings have minimal shelf wear, images on cover and spine are bright, in Vol II front lower corner bumped and rear hinge cracked. [Rosove 305.C1a, Howgego III S20]. Item #13250
Known as the Nimrod Expedition, this was Ernest Shackleton first expedition as a leader. This expedition achieved several ‘firsts’ - the discovery of the magnetic pole by Edgewood David and Douglas Mawson, the accent of Mt. Erebus, several scientific sledging trips and a polar plateau trip reaching within 97 miles of the South Pole. Shackleton and three others turned back short of the pole due to doubtful food and fuel supply to safely return to the expedition’s base at Cape Royds. In a letter to his wife Emily, Shackleton said “I thought, dear, that you would rather have a live ass than a dead lion.” His efforts mapped the route to the South Pole that Scott used in the ill fated 1912 expedition. For his polar achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII.