DAVIS (JOHN KING) With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic 1911-1914, FIRST EDITION, Andrew Melrose, 1919
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DAVIS (JOHN KING) With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic 1911-1914, FIRST EDITION, Andrew Melrose, 1919
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With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic 1911-1914, first edition, half-title, title printed in red and black, frontispiece, 40 photographic plates, 8 maps and plates (one folding printed in colours), 70 illustrations in text, manuscript note by C. Pape describing the history of exploration of the Auckland Islands tipped-in on front free endpaper, publisher's blue pictorial cloth gilt, dust-jacket (laid down with some loss to spine) [Conrad, p.205; Renard 421; Rosove 87.A1.a; Spence 354; Taurus 101; OCLC 1275543], 8vo (245 x 180mm.), Andrew Melrose, [1919]


  • UNUSUALLY CLEAN AND BRIGHT COPY, preserved by the dust-jacket, whereas most copies are "seen today with its gilt lettering and decoration badly faded" (Taurus).

    Davis was Captain of the Aurora which supported Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14. He had previously served with Shackleton on Nimrod 1907-09, Shackleton in 1916-17, and later with the BANZARE expeditions in 1929-30.

    Provenance: C. Pape (inscription, 1925); Martin L. Greene (Seattle) from John Simper, 1999.
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