HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909: Shackleton ...

HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909

Shackleton Ernest

Published by London William Heinemann 1909, 1909
From Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA (Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since August 19, 1998

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 1,650.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 10.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

2 volumes. First edition. Portrait frontispiece, 12 color plates, numerous black and white plates, 3 maps and panoramas in rear pocket. Tall, thick 8vo, publisher’s original dark blue cloth with silver pictorial vignette and lettering on upper covers, spine lettered in gilt, t.e.g. xlviii, 371; xv, 419 (including extensive appendices, index). A very good and handsome set. The spine panels with some mellowing and a bit of chipping at the head and tail. SCARCE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF ERNEST SHACKLETON’S FAMOUS 2-YEAR EXPEDITION AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK IN THE ANTARCTIC OEUVRE. Shackleton’s narrative of the "Nimrod" voyage and expedition of 1907-1909 is not only one of the classics of Polar exploration, but a great read in its own right. Shackleton had three goals for the mission and divided the company into three groups: one would set out to reach the Pole, another to plant a flag at the South Magnetic Pole, and the third to explore the Ross Barrier. This ambitious program was kept faithfully in the foreground, and although it was not possible to fulfill every detail of it, the mission is regarded as a a triumphant success. "Men go out into the void spaces of the world for various reasons. Some are incited simply by a love of adventure, some have a keen thirst for scientific knowledge, and others are drawn away from trodden paths by the "lure of little voices," the mysterious fascination of the unknown. I think that in my own case it was a combination of these factors that determined me to try my fortune once again in the frozen south. "The DISCOVERY expedition [1901-1903] had brought back a great store of information, and had performed splendid service in several important branches of science. I believed that a second expedition could carry the work still further. .The southern limits of the Great Ice Barrier plain had not been defined. It was important to the scientific world that information should be gained regarding the movement of the ice-sheet that forms the Barrier. Then I wanted to discover what lay beyond the mountains to the south of latitude 82 17’ and whether the Antarctic continent rose to a plateau similar to the one found by Captain Scott beyond the western mountains." Shackleton goes on to discuss the possibilities for discoveries in the fields of meteorology, zoology, mineralogy and general geology, atmospheric electricity, tidal movements, hydrography, etc. The work as a whole touches upon all these fields and more, providing an extensive account of Shackleton’s Antarctic adventure from the preparation and supplies to accounts of daily travel and discovery. A copy preserved in its original decorated cloth bindings of this increasingly scarce set. Bookseller Inventory # 18956

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC: Being the Story of ...

Publisher: London William Heinemann 1909

Publication Date: 1909

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

Store Description

Buddenbrooks has one of the finest selections of fine and rare books in several fields and we invite you to visit us at our new premises in Newburyport, Massachusetts where have an open "brick and mortar" bookshop. We are also available to meet with clients in Boston by appointment only, where we have maintained a presence for over 40 years. We offer a search service for any books, old or new, which you may have been unable to find. Please call for further information, we look forward to hearing from you.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

All books are offered subject to prior sale. If you prefer
you may mail us a check drawn on a U.S. bank or subsidiary paying
branch in the U.S. Massachusetts residents only, please include 5%
sales tax. All books are returnable within 10 days, we ask that you notify
us via fax, phone or email in advance. Buddenbrooks, Inc. is located at 21 Pleasant Street, On the
Courtyard, in Newburyport, MA 01950 USA. All correspondences should be sent to this address to the
attention of Martin Weinkle or Step...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash Bank/Wire Transfer