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  • The Voyage of the Discovery Captain Robert F Scott – 1905 First Edition

    Published in London, Smith Elder & Co 1905, the second impression of the first edition same year. Two royal octavo volumes, 556 pages and 508 pages. With twelve colour plates, five double page plates and many other illustrations, panoramas, maps (two of which separate and folding). Overall some 260 illustrations many by Dr Edward Wilson. Original blue ribbed cloth decorated with the lavish gilt medallions on upper covers characteristic of the Smith Elder edition. Some light foxing to uncut page edges and the title on volume I, rubbing to the medallions, generally in good to better condition for this set.

    This is a classic of the genre, Scott’s official narrative of his first Antarctic expedition, 1901-1904. The first scientific expedition to pass two consecutive winters in high latitude of Antarctica, during which the first extensive journeys into the interior of the continent were accomplished.

    The ship’s officers included Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton and Dr Edward Wilson, Scott’s close friend and confidant.

    Over the course of two years, and many sledge journeys, Scott and his men followed the Ross ice Shelf to its extreme, discovered King Edward VI Land, found a range of mountains stretching southwards towards a vast plateau, trekked to within 500 miles of the South Pole, and amassed a huge collection of scientific data.

    The expedition was a triumph, although the failure of Scott’s dogs was an ominous portent. Scientifically this was the more important of Scott’s two expeditions; overshadowed by his tragic second journey, during which he perished.

    Scarce and sought after Heroic account



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  • The B.A.N.Z. Antarctic Research Expedition (1929 -1931) The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London – August 1932

    The B.A.N.Z. Antarctic Research Expedition (1929 -1931) The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London – August 1932

    The Journal of the RGS in the familiar blue wrapper, 97-192 pages, after preliminaries, large folding coloured map of the relevant Antarctic region, plus another regarding a new track through the Rockies. Period advertisements etc. Complete and in good condition. A scarce journal.

    Sir Douglas Mawson’s report is the main vent in this journal of the RGS read at the meeting by Professor Debenham on Mawson’s behalf. The report is followed by appendices of Scientific Results and Sightings of Land. After the great Hugh Robert Mill thanking Debenham expressed regret that Mawson could not be there and provided some interesting further information gleamed from his personal contact with the great Australian.

    Other reports of interest include the changing climate of Southern Turkistan, the fate of Colonel Fawcett (which has given rise to a number of books and should be made into a movie) and, a very good report on the aforementioned new track through the northern Rockies.

    Mawson’s BANZ Antarctic report to the RGS with special map.


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  • With the “Aurora” in the Antarctic 1911-1914. – Captain John King Davis – Scarce First Edition 1919

    With the “Aurora” in the Antarctic 1911-1914. – Captain John King Davis – Scarce First Edition 1919

    The rare first edition of this primary Heroic era account. Published by Melrose, London no date but 1919.

    Preface by Douglas Mawson. There is little that appears in “Home of the Blizzard” that appears here and vice versa. As such it is an excellent companion to the Blizzard and harder to find in any condition.

    John King Davis skippered seven Antarctic voyages between 1907 and 1930.

    Large octavo, xxi, 183 pages, 8 maps (1 folding), plan, 83 illustrations on 42 plates … more illustrations in text. Original blue cloth binding with gilt title to spine, with the ghost of an old shelf number, ship device, a little rubbing. New end papers and book tightened, browned title from retained tissue guard, otherwise a very good copy of a scarce item. Taurus 101, Rosove 87, Spence 354.

    John King Davis was Captain of the Aurora during Mawson’s 1911-1914 Expedition. The expedition encountered many challenges along with the dangerous weather and uncharted nature of the Antarctic coastline there were problems with the ship including failing pups and engine difficulties. Much of the success and relative safety of the expedition was put down to Davis’s “masterly seamanship, firm decision of mind, and courageous daring in handling the expedition ship Aurora” The Aurora made several critical voyages, establishing and the later relieving the wintering bases at Macquarie Island and the Antarctic mainland at Commonwealth Bay and the Shackleton Ice Shelf. Davis was left with the decision … whether to wait for blizzards and harsh seas to abate to collect Mawson’s party, or to relive the second base party led by Frank Wild … he chose the latter.

    John King Davis and his first-hand account on the Aurora.


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  • Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    An original magic lantern slide showing clearly the New Zealand Ross Dependency, by Newton & Co.

    The Ross Dependency takes its name from Sir James Clark Ross ho discovered the Ross Sea and Victoria Land in 1841 and claimed the region for Britain.

    The region is defined by a sector originating at the South Pole and passing along longitude 160 degrees east and 150 degrees east and stopping at latitude 60 degrees south.

    On 30th July 1923 an order was published in the Government Gazette of the Dominion of New Zealand that the region should be named the “Ross dependency”’ and that the Governor-General and Commander in Chief of New Zealand will be Governor of the Territory.

    Newton & Co were formed in 1858. In the period 1912-1925 they had premises in Covent Garden. S we are pretty sure that the slide comes from 1923 and was prepared for presentations concerning these changes.

    Standard size circa 3.5 inches or 8cm by 8cm.

    Historic Cartographic record – the formalisation of the Ross Dependency in the Antarctic


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  • Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    An original photograph of Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington on their way to the Antarctic (The Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition 1946-48). The first women to winter over on the Antarctic and in Jennie Darlington’s case the first woman to get pregnant on the cold Continent.

    Bright clean photograph with negligible impact from handling a good size 22cm by 18cm

    Jackie real name Edith Ronne was the wife of one of the great mid-century expedition leaders Finn Ronne (his father was with Amundsen). The story goes that the decision for Jackie to go and stay on the Antarctic was made on the preliminary voyage going south and perhaps even more unusual that the glamorous Jennie Darlington, wife of expedition pilot Harry Darlington, was also persuaded on that outbound voyage and that the rational was to avoid any criticism of Finn taking wife Jackie at the last minute mmhhh. Seemingly, the girls did not get on … and spent months on end not talking to each other.

    Regardless of all of that much was accomplished on this the last privately funded Antarctic expedition .. new ground was covered and mapped and pieces of it named after Jackie who proved invaluable in keeping accurate records of the achievements.

    Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – Female Antarctic Pioneers


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  • Polar Item – Scott Centenary (1912 – 2012) – Christie’s Sale

    Polar Item – Scott Centenary (1912 – 2012) – Christie’s Sale

    One of the collectable Christies/ Bonham Polar Sale Catalogues.

    Christies Travel, Science and Natural History Catalogue with a special emphasis on the Antarctic and the Scott Expeditions. Quarto, 60 pages illustrated to the expected impeccable standard.

    Some exceptional travel items catalogued with a good Australian and Pacific content. Includes forty pages of unique Antarctic items that will make any enthusiast salivate.

    Our favourites … Mawson’s specimen boxes, Shackleton’s sledge harness, letters from Apsley Cherry-Garrard to his mother (“I sleep under Bowers. It is going to be a very warm hut and we live very well here”), Ponting’s best photographs and Scott’s marching compass. Well we like it all really. We all missed the boat on this one!

    Unique Polar items and other travel delicacies


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