17 September 1999,
Price realised GBP 1,610
GBP 500 - GBP 800
Otto Nordenskjld (1869-1928)
Die schwedische Sdpolar-Expedition und ihre geographische Ttigkeit. Stockholm and Paris: 1911. 4 (27 x 20.5cm.) 16 plates, including coloured frontispiece, and 3 maps, 2 coloured. (Some browning and finger-soiling to page edges.) Contemporary cloth-backed patterned boards, original printed wrappers bound in (front wrapper torn with some loss and repairs, also dampstained). Provenance: PRESENTATION COPY TO RAYMOND PRIESTLEY (front cover inscribed 'Mr. Raymond Priestley with the author's thanks and compliments'; with translations from the German pencilled at margins, and a loosely-inserted 19-page account of the antarctic ice written in pencil in Priestley's hand); W.L.S. Fleming (ownership stamp).
Sir Raymond Edward Priestley (1886-1974), Antarctic scientist and educationalist, joined the British Antarctic expedition of 1907-09 led by Shackleton, and contributed to the geological sections of The Heart of the Antarctic (1909), before returning to Sydney, Australia. Scott recruited him when passing through Sydney to the Antarctic in 1910. He joined the northern party under Victor Campbell, and told the epic of how they sledged 250 miles to rejoin the main party in Antarctic Adventure (1914). His British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-13: Glaciology (1922), written jointly with Charles Wright, is described in DNB as 'a classic of early glaciological literature'. While the inserted notes on the Antarctic ice appear to be in Priestley's hand, they are evidently a transcription of an earlier explorer's first-hand experiences since they refer to the Winter Station at Admiralty Sound in 1902 (p.6) and to conditions there two years later in 1904 (p.7).
Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD (1886-1959). Postscript to the Worst Journey in the World. Printed for the author, 1951. 8 (23.7 x 15cm.) Offprint in original wrappers (slightly stained and soiled). Provenance: PRESENTATION COPY, upper cover inscribed 'To Launcelot Fleming, Bishop of Portsmouth, from Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Library edn. 1951.' The Postscript first appeared in the 1948 edition of The Worst Journey in the World. (2)
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