BORCHGREVINK (CARSTEN EGEBERG)  First on the Antarctic Continent, Being an Account of the British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, WITH A 4-PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("C.E. Borchgrevink", dated New York, 14 March 1902) loosely inserted, fine copy, 1901
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BORCHGREVINK (CARSTEN EGEBERG) First on the Antarctic Continent, Being an Account of the British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, WITH A 4-PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("C.E. Borchgrevink", dated New York, 14 March 1902) loosely inserted, fine copy, 1901
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BORCHGREVINK (CARSTEN EGEBERG)
First on the Antarctic Continent, Being an Account of the British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR comprising 6-lines of verse by Tennyson dated "New York, 8th [no month]. 1902"), WITH A 4-PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("C.E. Borchgrevink", dated New York, 14 March 1902) loosely inserted, half-title, photogravure frontispiece, 18 plates, numerous illustrations (mostly photographic), 3 folding coloured maps, 32-page publisher's catalogue at end, publisher's blue pictorial cloth gilt, the upper cover with image of ship and ice in gilt and silver, the spine with image of a man on skis, t.e.g. [Conrad, p.91; Rosove 45.A1.a 'Uncommon'; Spence 152; Taurus 24], 8vo (215 x 140mm.), George Newnes, 1901

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  • FINE BRIGHT COPY, WITH A PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM THE AUTHOR, and an interesting autograph letter, addressed to "Dear Mr. Coffin", discussing plans for a future Antarctic expedition, and giving his opinion on First on the Antarctic Continent, "... I wish to set out Southwards again to continue and complete my study of the Antarctic Continent. I shall require about $200.000... I could start next august.. the results from a new expedition would be very valuable... In regard to my book "First on the..." I may say that I do not myself like it - but time-pressure of many kinds did not give me that rest and peace of mind while writing it which I ought to have had...". On the title Borchgrevink quotes lines from Lord Tennyson's poem "Ulysses", "And this grey spirit yearning in desire/To follow knowledge like a sinking star...". See illustration on preceding page.
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