17 September 1999,
Price realised GBP 1,610
GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,000
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)
The Voyage of the 'Discovery'. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1905. 2 volumes. 8 (23.5 x 16.2cm.). Half-titles, titles in red and black. 2 folding maps, printed in three colours, loose in pockets at back, plates and maps, some double-page, or coloured. (Occasional light spotting, small tears to loose maps, one with neat repair to verso.) Original blue cloth gilt, t.e.g. (light soiling, corners rubbed, head and foot of spines bumped).
Provenance: 'Ettie' Ellison-Macartney (ne Scott, presentation inscription 'Peter Markham Scott from his loving Aunt Ettie September 1912', in vol.I to:); Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989, pencilled signature in vol.II); by descent.
First edition of Scott's account of his National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. An important and poignant association copy given to Scott's son (possibly for his 4th birthday on 14 September 1912) by Scott's sister. News of Amundsen's succcess had reached the outside world in March 1912, but there had been no news of the fate of the British Polar party. (2)
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