South: The Story of Shackelton's Last Expedition 1914-1917, First American Edition, Circa 1920

SHACKLETON, Ernest. South. The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917.  Published by The Macmillan Company, New York, 1920.

First American edition of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s own account of his ill-fated expedition. With folding map at rear, in-text maps and illustrations, color frontispiece and 87 photogravure plates, most after photographs by Frank Hurley, including his image of the Endurance “looming stark and white against the darkness of the Polar night.”

Ernest Shackleton embarked in 1914 in the Endurance to make the first crossing of the Antarctic continent-1800 miles from sea to sea. But 1915 turned into an unusually icy year in Antarctica; after drifting trapped in the ice for nine months, the Endurance was crushed in the ice on October 27. “Shackleton now showed his supreme qualities of leadership…with five companions he made a voyage of 800 miles in a 22-foot boat through some of the stormiest seas in the world, crossed the unknown lofty interior of South Georgia, and reached a Norwegian whaling station on the north coast. After three attempts… Shackleton succeeded (30 August 1916) in rescuing the rest of the Endurance party and bringing them to South America” (DNB). Amazingly, all members of the Endurance party survived the ordeal. Featuring Frank Hurley’s photographs of the expedition’s doomed Endurance, including his classic flashlight photograph of the ship taken at 70 degrees below freezing, showing her “inky silhouette… looming stark and white against the darkness of the Polar night… in brilliant relief against the velvet blackness of the sky… transforming her into a vessel from a fairy-land” (Hurley, Argonauts of the South, 159)

Hand-bound in full leather with raised gilt spine and decorative gilt spine and boards.  Housed in a custom cloth slipcase -- featuring a famous Hurley photograph of Endurance on the ice.




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