Robert Falcon SCOTT (1868-1912)
George NEWNES Ltd. (publishers). "To the South Pole Captain Scott's Own Story told from his Journals Being Articles which have appeared in The Strand Magazine. Presented to Conrad P. Fry with the compliments of the Publishers George Newnes Limited 1913". [London: George Newnes, 1913]. 4° (277 x 194mm.) 'Frontispiece' printed in two colours and mounted within a printed decorative border on the verso of leaf facing the 'title', manuscript calligraphic title in black and blue ink on recto of leaf facing 'frontispiece' (verso blank), 87 pages of text and illustrations mounted (within printed decorative borders with running headline 'Captain Scott's Own Story') on the recto and verso of 44 leaves (the final leaf with text on on recto only). Some illustrations full-page, others spread over two pages, a number printed in two colours, all after H.G. Ponting or members of the Polar Party. Original dark blue morocco presentation binding, covers panelled in blind, the upper cover titled in gilt within small rectangle outlined with two gilt rules, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second, the others with repeat decoration of double-fillet rectangles, gilt turn-ins, top edge gilt (very slight fading to spine, book-plate removed from front free endpaper). Provenance: Conrad P. Fry (presentation title inscription, signed for Fry by Edward Evans on front free endpaper).
PROBABLY THE RAREST OF ALL CONTEMPORARY PRINTED ACCOUNTS OF SCOTT'S LAST EXPEDITION: AN OFFPRINT OF THE SERIES OF FOUR ARTICLES WHICH APPEARED IN 'THE STRAND' MAGAZINE IN 1913, AND HERE SIGNED BY 'TEDDY' EVANS. The form of the work and the amount of effort involved in its printing and binding suggest that it is not a unique production, and should therefore be added to the list of accounts of the expedition that were published in book form. It has not been possible to establish how many copies of this work were produced, but, as the title makes clear, it was especially prepared by the publishers for presentation. The text and illustrations were specially printed, as were the surrounds on the mounts; the manuscript title allowed for each copy to be personalised and the top quality binding (possibly by the W.H. Smith bindery) resulted in a work that is one of most attractive of the contemporary accounts of the expeditions of the 'heroic age'. A sub-heading notes that 'This and the articles that are to follow are related from the journals of Captain Scott, and give the first connected story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. The story has been told from the journals by Mr. Leonard Huxley ... and carefully read and revised by Commander Evans, R.N. With few exceptions, all the photographs, which have been selected from many hundreds, are here published for the first time'.