Hardcover. Large 8vo. Dodd, Mead and Company. 1913. Two Volumes. Vol I: 443 pgs. Vol II: 376 pgs. All plates present. Frontis portraits with tissue guards. No DJ. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards rubbed and worn along the spine. Photos sent upon request. Bx-50; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 819 pages. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Scott's Last Expedition : Two Volumes Vol. I...
Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company
Publication Date: 1913
Book Condition: Good+
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.
Book Description Smith Elder & Co. Ltd., London, 1913. First edition: two volumes, octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles and rules and blind rules to the upper boards; 1,209pp. [xxvipp. + 633pp. + xvipp. + 534pp.], untrimmed, top edges gilt, with two monochrome portrait frontispieces, 2 folding panoramas, 3 double-page plates and 181 plates likewise, plus 8 maps (6 folding and 1 in colour), 18 colour plates and 2 black-and-white illustrations. Moderate wear; both volumes shaken; spine extremities softened; spine of Volume I cracked; spines sunned with some chipping to Volume I; boards lightly rubbed with some mild sunning; text block edges spotted; mild offset to the endpapers; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaves. No dustwrappers. Very good. Postage quoted is for a standard format octavo book. Final charges may vary depending on size and weight. "Scott's legacy has been buffered to and fro like the Antarctic wind over the past 100 years. In the aftermath of his death, which was not known about back home for almost another year, he was hailed as a hero by a declining Empire desperately in need of one. In later years, he has been traduced as an incompetent, indecisive amateur. Somewhere between the two, a middle ground can be found, emphasising his team's scientific discoveries and the extreme conditions they faced, without either condemning or cheerleading. Regardless, it is difficult not to feel a small Edwardian lump rising at the back of your throat when you read one of the final diary entries: 'Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.'" - Iain Hollingshead. Seller Inventory # 200055