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Details:Original navy blue cloth, titles gilt to spines and front boards, inset colored pictorial decoration to front boards within gilt rope-twist borders, all edges gilt on Vols. I, II & III. No foxing in Vols. I, II & IV. Light foxing on front and back end papers of Vol. III. Glue used for Vols. I & II is degraded but functional as usual for 1900s. Very slight rubbing on head and tail of spines to Vols. I, II & III. Book plates found in end papers of Vols. I & II; signature found on end paper of Vol. III. Referenced by Books on Ice Section 7.7, by Rosove item #287, and by Spence item #1094 for Vols. I, II & III.These volumes are beautifully illustrated with chromo-lithographic and black/ white plates, a number taken from Ponting’s collection, Edward Wilson’s illustrations found throughout. Illustrations include colored caricatures and silhouettes of expedition members. The South Polar Times was a reproduction of “The South Polar Times” monthly periodical published during the Antarctic expeditions of Robert F. Scott. Vol. I was edited by Ernest Shackleton, producing issues between April to August 1902. Vol. II was edited by Louis Bernacchi producing issues between April to August 1903. Vol. III was edited by Apsley Cherry-Garrard producing issues between April to October during Scott’s last and tragic expedition of 1911. Although Vol. IV was also edited by Cherry-Garrard, covering March to June 1912, it was not released to the public until 2011. The South Polar Times form the most personal accounts of life at the edge during the Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration. To quote Scott in his Preface for Vol. I: “... we were busily preparing for our first Antarctic winter as we watched the sun sinking towards its long rest. We knew that daylight would shortly disappear for four whole months, and our thoughts turned naturally to the long dark period before us and the means by which we could lighten its monotony.” Expedition members were to “write luminously on their special subjects, and to record scientific events of general interest ... [while using] lighter matter [with a] shy vein of sentiment or humour that might exist among us ... [under] the cloak of anonymity.” This directive was fully achieved. A very best read.


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