Cambridge: Scott Polar Research Institute, 1962. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. 4to [9.5x6.5]; , 44 pp., frontispiece image of Survivors of the Ross Sea Shore Party, Sketch map of the sledge journeys, image of the "Aurora", several charts and lists in text; Maroon cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, blind stamped lettering and borders on front, all edges trimmed; Cream dust jacket with green lettering on front and spine, framed advertisement for The Polar Record in green ink on rear; Minimal shelf wear to covers with rubbing to bottom edge and corners; Dust jacket toned and soiled with small spots, small chips and closed tears to edges and bottom spine, not price clipped. [Rosove 269, Spence 969, Conrad p. 223]. Item #13556
Richard Walter Richards (1893-1985), an Australian science teacher that joined the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition as a physicist. He was assigned to the Ross Sea Shore Party under the command of Captain Mackintosh in the Aurora. The primary role of this part of the expedition was to lay down supply depots from the foot of the Beardmore Glacier to Cape Evans. These supply depots were for the support of Shackleton's journey from the Weddell Sea by way of the South Pole.
This book by Richards, Ernest Joyce's The South Polar Trail and Shackleton's summary in South, are the only accounts of the Ross Sea Shore Party. From Rosove, " Richards published after a lapse of forty-five years, mainly, as he states, for the benefit of his family and because he wasn't satisfied with Joyce's account. Also, he left his sledging diary at Cape Evans as they hurried to leave before the ice trapped the ship again. In 1960, the New Zealand Hut Restoration Committee started to clear the ice from the hut at Cape Evans and Richards diary was found and returned to him in 1961.