Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-1958
Sir Vivian Ernest FUCHS (1908-1999). A collection of 17 black and white photographs of the expedition, all signed by Fuchs on the recto, [1955-1958], 21.5 x 16.7cm. and smaller, one with the additional signatures of Tony Stewart and David Pratt on the recto, 13 inscribed on verso (4 by Fuchs, 9 by Taffy Williams), 6 with expedition copyright stamp on verso.
A fine selection of photographs from the first successful attempt to cross the Antarctic. Fuchs led a 12-man team with eight vehicles, sledges and two dog teams left Shackleton Base, Weddell Sea, on 24 November 1957, meeting up with Sir Edmund Hillary and his party from Scott Base, Ross Sea, at the South Pole. Fuchs continued, Hillary joined them, and they finally reached Scott Base on 2 March 1958. 'Hillary's tractor journey was the first mechanical and third land party to reach Pole while Fuchs was the first to reach the South Pole from the Weddell Sea by land... In addition to establishing three bases, of which Scott Base in the Ross Sea is still in operation, they conducted a comprehensive science program including the first seismic survey across the continent. It was an exploit of the highest standard' (Conrad Bibliography of Antarctic Exploration p.392).