First Edition of The Crossing of Antarctica; Signed by both Sir Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary
The Crossing of Antarctica: The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-58.
Fuchs, Sir Vivian & Hillary, Sir Edmund.
Item Number: 70096
London: Cassel & Company, 1958.
First British edition of the story of the Transatlantic Expedition of Antarctica. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Signed by both authors in the year of publications, “Vivian Fuchs 15 Oct 1958” and “Edmund Hillary” on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed by both authors.
The 1955–58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (CTAE) was a Commonwealth-sponsored expedition that successfully completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica, via the South Pole. It was the first expedition to reach the South Pole overland for 46 years, preceded only by Amundsen's and Scott's respective parties in 1911 and 1912. In keeping with the tradition of polar expeditions of the "heroic age" the CTAE was a private venture, though it was supported by the governments of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States, Australia and South Africa, as well as many corporate and individual donations, under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II. It was headed by British explorer Dr Vivian Fuchs, with New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary leading the New Zealand Ross Sea Support team. The New Zealand party included scientists participating in International Geophysical Year (IGY) research while the UK IGY team were separately based at Halley Bay. Fuchs was knighted for his accomplishment. The second overland crossing of the continent did not occur until 1981, during the Transglobe Expedition led by Ranulph Fiennes.