25 September 2002
APSLEY GEORGE BENET CHERRY-GARRARD (1886-1959)
The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913. London: Constable and Company Limited, 1922. 2 volumes, 8° (219 x 140mm.). Half-titles. 60 plate leaves (6 coloured, 11 folding), 3 folding maps. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine (some light soiling).
FIRST EDITION, SECOND 'BLUE CLOTH' ISSUE which Rosove describes as being 'significantly rarer' than the first issue in cloth-backed boards. The 'finest polar book ever written ... [it] is a monument immortalizing ... [Scott's last] expedition in the annals of Antarctic exploration' (Rosove). Rosove 71.A2 ('Very scarce'); cf. Spence 278
A.G.B. CHERRY-GARRARD. The Worst Journey in the World ... one volume edition. London: produced by the Author and published for him by Chatto & Windus, May 1937. 8° (220 x 145mm.) Maps, plates. Original cloth, dust-jacket (some fading to spine). Rosove 71.E3 ('Uncommon').
A.G.B. CHERRY-GARRARD. The Worst Journey in the World... one volume edition. London: published by the Author and distributed for him by Chatto & Wiundus, 1951. 8° (220 x 145mm.). Maps, plates. Original cloth, dust-jacket. A fine copy, the first with the 26-page postscript. Rosove 71.I1.b ('Uncommon').
A.G.B. CHERRY-GARRARD. The Worst Journey in the World ... one volume edition. London: 1952. 8°. Maps, plates. Original cloth, section of dust-jacket loosely inserted. Provenance: E.W. Rope (presentation inscription from the author 'Inscribed to E.W.Rope by Apsley' Cherry-Garrard. gratefully Oronsay 1954-55'); further inscribed by C.S. Wright 'It is an honour to put my name under that of my pal Cherry in 1910-1913. and to follow him in Oronsay. C.S. Wright'. Rosove 71.I2 ('Uncommon'). (5)
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