“In no department can a leader spend time more profitably than in the selection of the men who are to accomplish the work”: First Editions of Sir Douglas Mawson's The Home Of The Blizzard in the Rare Original Dust Jackets
The Home Of The Blizzard: Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911–1914.
Mawson, Sir Douglas.$11,000.00
Item Number: 31001
London: William Heinemann, 1915.
First editions of Mawson’s classic work. Thick octavo, 2 volumes, original dark blue cloth. Near fine in the in the rare original dust jackets with some chipping and wear and a repair to the spine of Volume I. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I, full color and black & white plates, folding maps in pocket at rear of Vol II. Rare and desirable in the original dust jackets.
The Home of the Blizzard is Antarctic expedition leader, Sir Douglas Mawson's, first-hand account of his years leading the Australasian Antarctic Expedition between 1911 and 1914. Along with Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Douglas Mawson was one of the foremost expedition leaders in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration at the dawn of the 20th century. During this period the Antarctic continent became the focus of an international effort that resulted in exhaustive scientific and geographical exploration in severe conditions over previously unchartered territory. Seventeen Antarctic expeditions were launched from ten countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Belgium. Mawson’s expedition focused on the stretch of Antarctic shoreline between Cape Adare and Mount Gauss, carrying out mapping and survey work on coastal and inland territories. Discoveries included Commonwealth Bay and the Mertz Glacier.