SOUTH POLE: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram", 1910-1912: ... SOUTH POLE: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram", 1910-1912: ...

SOUTH POLE: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram", 1910-1912

Amundsen Roald

Published by London John Murray 1912, 1912
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2 volumes. First edition. First issue. Numerous illustrations, folding maps, plans and charts, folding maps at rear of each volume. 138 photographic illustrations on 103 plates. Thick 8vo, very handsomely bound in three-quarter red morocco over maroon cloth boards, the spine with raised bands, gilt stopped and gilt ruled, gilt lettered and numbered in three compartments. xxxv, 392; 355, 357-449 pp. A very pleasing and handsome set with plates, maps and textblocks quite clean and well preserved, the bindings in excellent condition, fine, clean, sharp and beautifully preserved, light mellowing or age evidence to the half-titles. A very nice set. RARE AND IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION. Norwegian captain Roald Amundsen had initially intended make an expedition to the Arctic, but changed his plans at the last moment and announced he would try for the South Pole instead. His explanation to the public was that if he could beat the English and Japanese expeditions to the Pole then he could secure success and funds for his extensive Arctic expedition, and also "snatch the prize" for his own country. So , unbeknownst to Scott, Amundsen sailed southward in the "Fram" to the Bay of Whales that would afford his expedition both the shortest route to the Pole and a route that would not overlap with either the Japanese or the English expeditions. From start to finish, Amundsenís expedition ran like clockwork. He carefully planned every moment of the trip, using his experience in the Arctic and his extensive knowledge of dog-teams to help him through. His team was entirely Norwegian, accustomed to a harsh and cold climate, and were excellent ski-runners. In addition, Amundsen traveled light; he brought five men and fifty dogs on his expedition so that the latter could eventually serve as food for the former. Part of what doomed Scottís party was the fact that he favored men and ponies over dogs, bringing twelve men, eight ponies, and only twenty-six dogs. Amundsenís party remained in excellent health and always had enough to eat from their plentiful provisions at their well-stocked supply depots. They also supplemented their food stores with a great seal hunt just before the winter, after which 120,000 lb. of fresh seal meat were added to their stores, which helped protect them against scurvy. Unlike Scottís party, Amundsenís party were also fortunate enough to have favorable weather conditions on their side, so that they were able to reach the Pole using their supply depots and dog sleds in just 99 days, a distance of 1860 miles, covering an astonishing average of 19 miles a day over frozen and difficult ground. Their journey was truly an extraordinary accomplishment, and Amundsenís account of it is no less riveting. Bookseller Inventory # 25929

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Title: SOUTH POLE: An Account of the Norwegian ...

Publisher: London John Murray 1912

Publication Date: 1912

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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