London: The Travellers Bookshop, 2001. Fine in Fine dust-jacket First Edition. "Limited to 500 copies, [12.5x9in]; x, 197 pp., frontispiece image of Ponting and Lashley with octopus, 150 entries of books and scientific reports organized chronologically by expedition from Cook (1771-75) to Ritscher (1938-39), color images throughout, general and bibliography section, and indices; Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, Antarctic map with Amundsen and Scott's polar journeys on end papers, all edges trimmed; Turquoise dust jacket with black lettering on front and spine, color illustration on front adapted from entry 32, color image on back from entry 49; Negligible shelf wear to book of dust jacket, minor age toning of text edges, small closed tear on lower back dust jacket, book plate of Steve Fossett on the front end paper. A beautiful focused bibliography of fine copies of Antarctic books." Item #13682
"From the introduction, ""The Taurus Collection was formed with two objectives in mind. The first was to obtain the finest possible copies of the books on the Antarctic; the second was to focus on the people and expeditions who went to the Continent when heroism was most important, i. e. before the age of mechanisation."" The collection represents the finest and most complete copies of the important books on the Antarctic. It was not intended to be a complete bibliography of Antarctica, for that see ""Antarctica 1772-1922"", by Michael Rosove (2001). However, the color images and descriptions of the significant books are very good references for the serious Antarctic collector.
Steve Fossett (1944-2007) was a successful commodities trader and an adventurer that set world records in balloons, sailboats, gliders and unique powered aircraft. His 2,000 + book collection included significant and authoritative accounts of aeronautics, polar, Asia, Australasia, circumnavigation's, mountaineering and others. In 2007, Fossett disappeared on a solo flight in a light aircraft over the eastern Sierra Mountains along the California and Nevada border. The wreckage was found by hikers a year later along the rugged Mt. Ritter range in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Madera County, about 10 miles east of Yosemite National Park."