25 September 2001
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)
Scott's Last Expedition in two volumes Vol.I being the journals of Captain R.F. Scott... Vol.II being the reports of the journeys & scientific work... arranged by Leonard Huxley with a preface by Sir Clements R. Markham. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1913. 2 volumes, 8° (23.6 x 16.4cm.). Titles in red and black. Photogravure portrait frontispieces, 9 folding maps, numerous plates after Herbert Ponting, Edward Wilson and others (14 coloured, 3 double-page, 2 folding), extra-illustrated with newspaper clipping reprinting a letter from Ponting mounted on front pastedown of vol.I. Original blue cloth gilt, top edge gilt (extremities slightly bumped, spines slightly soiled).
Oriana F. Wilson (widow of Edward Wilson, presentation inscription in vol.I to:); F.A. & H.M. Souper (inscription 'F.A. and H.M. Souper./from Oriana F. Wilson./November 6. 1913. in remembrance of March 1912.')
FIRST EDITION OF 'THE FAMOUS, OFFICIAL EXPEDITION ACCOUNT' (CONRAD), presented by Mrs. Wilson to her father recalling the death of her husband and his comrades on their return journey from the South Pole. Edward Wilson and Oriana Souper were married by her father the Rev. F.A. Souper on 16 July 1901, shortly before Wilson's departure for the South with Scott's Discovery expedition of 1901-1904. Conrad p.188; Spence 1056. (2)
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