CHERRY-GERRARD (APSLEY) The Worst Journey in the World. Antarctic 1910-1913, 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, Constable & Co., 1922
Lot 117
CHERRY-GERRARD (APSLEY) The Worst Journey in the World. Antarctic 1910-1913, 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, Constable & Co., 1922
Sold for £23,750 (US$ 39,393) inc. premium
Lot Details
CHERRY-GARRARD (APSLEY)
The Worst Journey in the World. Antarctic 1910-1913, 2 vol., first edition, half-titles, 48 plates (6 coloured, 10 folding panoramas), 5 maps (4 folding), publisher's cloth-backed blue-grey boards, top edges uncut, paper spine labels (with additional set tipped-in), pictorial dust-jackets [Conrad, p.173; Renard 304; Rosove 71.A1; Spence 277; Taurus 84; OCLC 943823], 8vo (229 x 151mm.), Constable & Co., 1922

Footnotes

  • AN OUTSTANDING COPY IN DUST-JACKETS of a true classic of Antarctic literature, recounting the "Winter Journey in 1911 to obtain specimen eggs from the emperor penguin rookery at Cape Crozier.... a hazardous round trip of 120 miles in darkness, at temperatures in excess of -70 °F, an exploit which is still without parallel in the annals of polar exploration... later Scott described their journey as 'the hardest that has ever been made'" (ODNB). Cherry-Garrard begun writing The Worst Journey in 1914, having been invalided out of the war, where he had commanded a motor squadron in Flanders, and finished it nearly eight years later.

    A charming letter from Maggs Brothers to Dr. Kilgore of Post Street, San Francisco dated 28 June 1932, is loosely inserted ("...we are glad to say that the publishers of Garrod's [sic] book are kindly letting us have one of their reserve copies at the published price, namely £3. 3s. 0. We are getting this in and will hold it for your family. Perhaps it is rather fortunate that the second hand copy at £3. 10s. 0. was already sold!").

    Provenance: E. S. Kilgore, M.D (San Francisco) from Maggs Bros, London (1932, with letter); PBA Galleries (25 Jan 2007); Martin L. Greene (Seattle).
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