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Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917

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Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917 Ernest Edward Mills JOYCE (1875-1945). The South Polar Trail.. The log of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.. With an Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill. London: Burleigh Press for Duckworth, 1929. 8° (21.3 x 14.2cm.) Half-title. 32 plates. Original blue cloth. spine lettered in gilt. Provenance: Arthur John Lucas (armorial bookplate, author's presentation inscription 'With Every Wish & Kind Remembrance of our little talk on the great White Silence Ernest E.Mills Joyce "Antarctica" 1901-4 1907-9 1914-17 London April 20 1934'. A FINE INSCRIBED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of a 'primary published account of the Ross Sea Party's incredible story. An excellent book that is scarce' (Renard). Joyce, the most experienced of all the early 20th century antarctic explorers, here gives an account of the depot-laying sledging journeys of the Ross Sea party of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition, and of the deaths of three of his companions. The expedition as a whole had been planned by Shackleton 'for the purpose of crossing the unknown interior of the Antarctic continent'. He started in the Endurance with the object of landing in the extreme south of the Weddell Sea and marching 720 miles to the South Pole with five men and provisions suffient to carry him beyond 80°S. or in any case to the end of the Beardmore Glacier by which he had ascended to the great plateau in 1908. He arranged that the Ross Sea Party should proceeed simultaneously in the Aurora under the command of Captain Aeneas Mackintosh to McMurdo Sound, whence Joyce, in charge of sledging operations, would lay out a series of depots of food and fuel at intervals of about 60 miles apart, the farthest being placed on Mt. Hope where the Beardmore Glacier meets the Barrier.' (H.S. Mill in the Introduction, p.23-34). Renard p.220; Spence 642.
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