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THE WORST JOURNEY IN THE WORLD: ANTARCTIC 1910-1913 2 Vols. Apsley Cherry-Garrard 1923 1st US ed Hardcover Very Good
By Cherry-Garrard, Apsley
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New York, George H. Doran, preface dated 1923, 1st US edition. Two Volumes: lxiv, 300, viii, 301-585, 58 b/w and 6 color plates, 5 maps - 4 folding. The US edition has similar collation to the 1st UK printing, but without the ten panoramas. All plates and maps are present and placed as stipulated. Ex Lib hardcovers with linen spines. Book has the usual library marks and wear and card pocket removed at back. Still a nice, readable copy of a polar classic. Very Good overall. 

The US edition was actually printed in Edinburgh, along with the UK edition and is physically identical. The only difference is the panoramas are not included in the US edition. A nice set of the UK edition is now being priced from $3000-$10,000. Signed copies  of Worst Journey are $25,000 to $33,000.  We had a set of the 1st UK edition in the mid 1980s and sold it for less than $5000!

The best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic. - Taurus. It was perhaps the only real stroke of luck in Scott's ill fated [Terra Nova] expedition that Cherry-Garrard, the one survivor of the winter journey, happened to be able to describe it so effectively that the reader forgets how comfortable he is in his arm-chair, and remembers the tale with a shiver as if he had been through it himself. - George Bernard Shaw.

Cherry-Garrard's book has often been referred to as the finest polar book ever written. Scott's diary left many facets of the expedition and the experiences of its men untold: it was Cherry-Garrard who pulled the entire story together. He was uniquely suited to do so. He was a member of the main party for the expedition's entire duration, had access to unpublished sources, and was the only member of the Winter Journey to survive the expedition. Most of all, he had the sensibilities and extraordinary literary genius necessary to cope with the complex and tragic subject of the Polar Journey.

A dramatic and splendidly written account of Scott's 1910-1913 expedition. The expedition was comprised of three actual journeys: the depot journey, during which supplies were laid for the polar trip; the winter journey to Cape Crozier to visit the penguin rookery - the 'worst journey' of the title; and the final, tragic attempt on the pole, during which Scott and three others perished. The story of Scott's last expedition is of course a great tale, and Cherry-Garrard uses his considerable skill as a writer to heighten the drama.

One of the great explorers who caused this period to be called the Heroic Age of Exploration. The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration was an era in the exploration of the continent of Antarctica which began at the end of the 19th century, and ended after the First World War; the ShackletonRowett Expedition of 19211922 is often cited by historians as the dividing line between the "Heroic" and "Mechanical" ages. During this period the South Pole was first reached, and much of the continent's coastline was discovered and mapped, and significant areas of its interior were explored.


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