SCOTT (ROBERT FALCON) The Voyage of the 'Discovery', 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, Smith Elder & Co., 1905

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SCOTT (ROBERT FALCON)
The Voyage of the 'Discovery', 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, with letter, 1905

Sold for £ 1,083 (US$ 1,425) inc. premium
SCOTT (ROBERT FALCON)
The Voyage of the 'Discovery', 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by the publisher Reginald Smith (31 October 1905, headed "I have given Captain Scott your note"), photogravure frontispieces, numerous maps and plates including 12 in colour after Edward Wilson, folding map in pocket at the end of each volume, publisher's slip tipped into volume 1, occasional light soiling, publisher's blue cloth with gilt medallions on sides, gilt lettered spines, t.e.g., [Conrad, p.121; Rosove 286; Spence 1051; Taurus 41], 8vo, Smith Elder & Co., 1905

Footnotes

  • First edition of Scott's narrative, with a loosely inserted letter written in the month of publication by the book's publisher Reginald Smith to the political journalist and Polar devotee Henry William Lucy: "Dear Mr. Lucy/ I am very glad to see that you like the Antarctic book so much. You have said, in "Punch" and in "Vanity Fair", in print and much more forcibly, what I have been telling Captain Scott for the last twelve months while he was writing his book. Now he is inclined to believe me!/ Yours faithfully/ Reginald Smith". Henry Lucy had reviewed Scott's book in Punch six days earlier, ending "Written in the simple literary form in which brave men naturally narrate their doings, no more glowing narrative of adventure is to be met with in the English language". Lucy was also a friend of Shackleton and a major fund-raiser for his Polar ventures, in recognition of which the explorer named a mountain after him in Antarctica.
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