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THE HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC: BEING THE STORY OF THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907-1909 Ernest Shackleton 1935 Hardcover Near Fine
By Shackleton, Ernest
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London, William Heinemann, 1935 New Popular Edition. 368 pp,  b/w photos, 4 diagrams in text, foldout map at back of book. Blue cloth hardcover with no dust jacket and faded spine. Near Fine condition. 

Shackleton's famous account of the Nimrod expedition, which he led to the Antarctic in 1907-09, but revised and condensed to make it available to the ordinary reader. In this edition the narrative embraces all matters of general public interest but doesn't contain all of the data, detail and bulk of the original two volume set.

The expedition got within a few hundred miles of the South Pole, whereupon Shackleton gave the quest up famously exclaiming, "Better a live donkey than a dead lion." This well run expedition established Shackleton as a "bona fide English hero."  A measure of the regard in which Shackleton was held can be gathered from the quote attributed to Raymond Priestley, who accompanied Shackleton on this and future expeditions, "For scientific leadership, give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get on your knees and pray for Shackleton."

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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