First Edition of Shackletons Classic Account The Heart of the Antarctic in the Rare Original Dust Jacket
The Heart of the Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909.
Shackleton, Ernest H.$6,000.00
Item Number: 7290
Philadelphia: J. P. Lippincott Company, 1909.
First editions. Large octavos, 2 volumes, original blue cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jackets with light wear and a few unnecessary tape repairs. Contains three partly colored folding maps & 2 panoramas on 1 folding sheet in rear pocket, 2 photogravure frontispieces and 12 color plates. Examples of Heart of the Antarctic in jacket are rare, with only one example of the American edition dust jackets appearing at auction in the last 50 years.
Ernest Shackleton here tells the quite remarkable story of the British Antarctic expedition of 1907 to 1909. Shackleton and his men made it to within 97 miles of the South Pole, experiencing along the way every hardship possible, then returning to their wooden ship before the ice crushed it. "A more interesting book of polar exploration . . . has yet to be written" (New York Times Book Review).