25 September 2002
JOHN KING DAVIS (1884-1967)
With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic 1911-1914. London: Butler & Tanner for Andrew Melrose, Ltd., [circa 1919]. 8° (235 x 167mm.). Title in red and black. Portrait frontispiece and 46 leaves of plates, 1 folding map printed in two colours, illustrations. Original blue cloth, upper cover and spine blocked in gilt, dust-jacket.
FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY WITH THE RARE DUST-JACKET. Sir Douglas Mawson and Davis 'became closely acquainted during Shackleton's 1907-9 expedition, and Mawson later recruited Davis to be Captain of the Aurora on the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. [The present work] ... is Davis's account [of the expedition], with a history of the ship from its construction in 1876' (Rosove). Conrad p.205; Rosove 87.A1.a ('Scarce. Dust-wrapper rare.'); Spence 354; Taurus 101.
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