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AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1911-1914

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AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1911-1914 Sir Douglas A. MAWSON (1882-1958) and others. Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14. Under the leadership of Sir Douglas Mawson ... Scientific Reports. Adelaide and Sydney: [various Government Printers], 1916-1947. 91 original parts, large 4° (307 x 240mm. approx.). Numerous plates, maps and illustrations. Original wrappers or cloth-backed wrappers (some covers detached and slightly tattered, most backstrips or spines browned). A COMPLETE SET IN ORIGINAL BINDINGS OF THE REPORTS FROM 'ONE OF THE GREAT SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS OF THE HEROIC ERA' (Rosove). 'These voluminous reports were published over many years, from 1916 to 1947. In all, ninety-one separate publications were grouped into three series, made up of twenty-two volumes. Each individual publication is identified by series (A, B. or C), volume number ... and part ... the parts appeared fairly regularly, except for a hiatus from 1931 to 1937 ... The cost of production was considerable; J.Gordon Hayes estimated it in 1932 at £8,000, with a substantial number of reports pending. Mawson struggled to obtain funding and finally surrendeered the bulk of the scientific specimens and records to the Australian Museum and the Mitchell Library in Sydney in exchange for financing ... The reports themselves are attractively prepared, with photographs and charts of high quality' (Rosove). Rosove 218-1.A1 to 218-91.A1 ('Uncommon); Spence 74. (90)
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