25 September 2002
SIR DOUGLAS MAWSON (1882-1958)
The Home of the Blizzard being the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. London: Ballantyne Press for William Heinemann, 1915. 2 volumes, 8° (243 x 172mm.). Titles in brown and black, half-titles. 2 photogravure frontispieces, 219 leaves of plates (9 folding, 18 coloured), most after Frank Hurley, 3 folding tinted maps in pocket at back of vol.II, illustrations. Original blue cloth, upper covers blocked in silver and gilt, spines lettered in gilt, top edge stained light blue (very small splits to joints).
Sir Lewis Beaumont (presentation inscription from the author, dated 1916) -- J.W.Eastham (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY of 'this classic account of "heroic age" exploits' (Taurus). 'The books are handsome, and all aspects of the expedition are thoroughly covered. The text, as [the editor of the work, Archie] McLean prophesied, is short on style. Notable exceptions are the coolly detached but sensational description of the autumn blizzard conditions ... the description of hut life in winter ... and Mawson's own account of his dramatic and unlikely return to Cape Denison after the deaths of ... Ninnis and ... Mertz' (Rosove). Conrad p.208; Rosove 217.A1b ('Uncommon'); Spence 774; Taurus 100. (2)
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