NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904, 12 vol. (complete)
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NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904, 12 vol. (complete)
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National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904, 12 vol. (complete), first edition, numerous plates (photogravure, chromolithographed, half-tone, and others), folding panoramas, blindstamps, one volume WITH A NOTE BY CLEMENT MARKHAM, and 2 autograph letters signed by him loosely inserted, publisher's quarter cloth, rubbed, shelfmark on spines [Nissen ZBI 4700; Spence 837-841], 4to, The Royal Society, 1907-1913


  • A complete set of this important record of Scott's first Antarctic Expedition, which set out in the Discovery in August 1901, reaching the Ross Sea ice front on New Year's Day 1902. Winter quarters were set up at McMurdo Sound near Mount Erebus, four hundred miles farther south than any previous expedition. A party was sent towards the South Pole in November achieving a farthest south record, but was forced back by bad weather, the team badly affected by scurvy and exhaustion. Meanwhile, a second party explored the west of McMurdo Sound and, with their ship fast in ice, Scott decided to remain another year, finally departing for home in January 1904.

    These volumes contain the valuable scientific results of the research by the team members, with volumes devoted to zoology (including the first report of a nesting colony of King Penguins), geology, botany, magnetic observations, meteorology, and an album of photographs, sketches, and panoramas.

    Sir Clement Markham notes on the preface leaf of part one of the Meteorology section "The proofs of this volume were not seen by Captain Scott or by any member of the expedition before publication. The volume contains... misrepresentations of the results of the expedition and unjust reflections on its officers", with notes in the margins of six pages; "false statements", "constantly in error", "there was no uncertainty". Also included is a furious defence of Scott's expedition written in response to a review of the Meteorology section in The Times, the purpose of which is seen by Markham "to damn the expedition with faint praise, and to attack those ultimately responsible for the enterprise".
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