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THE HOME OF THE BLIZZARD 2 Volumes Douglas Mawson 1915 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Mawson, Douglas
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Philadelphia/London, J. B. Lippincott/William Heinemann, undated, but c. 1915, 1st US edition printed in England. Two volumes with all maps + plates present with errata slip tipped onto the title page of Volume I. Volume I: xxx, 349 pages; illustrations, maps [9 color, 166 b/w, complete]. Volume II: xiii, 338 pages; illustrations, folding maps, maps [12 color, 144 b/w, 3 color folding maps]; appendices, index. Large format navy cloth hardcovers. Hinges slightly loose, otherwise, books are in Near Fine condition. A nice looking set.

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Mawson's celebrated account of the 1912 expedition and his amazing survival. One of the great books that 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.

Initially intending to be a member of Scott's party, Mawson decided to command his own expedition and organized the first official Australasian Antarctic Expedition. The expedition left Hobart in the Aurora on December 2, 1911 to systematically explore the areas of Antarctica known as King George V Land and Terra Adelie. 
 
Despite extraordinarily harsh conditions the expedition achieved a great deal: over 2000 miles of unknown Antarctic coastline was charted and the scientific discoveries were so extensive that their publication continued well into the 1940s. Mawson's narrative of the expedition is fascinating reading, but most compelling is his account of his epic journey to return to base camp at Cape Denison during which his two companions perished - one falling down a crevasse with the dog team and most of the food, supplies and the tent.
 
His struggle to survive on toxic rations which caused severe stomach cramps, made the soles of his feet detach, and his hair to fall out in clumps, is one of the most extraordinary tales of survival ever told. Mawson's first expedition was an epic of endurance and this, and his subsequent work in the Antarctic, form the most significant basis to Australia's claim to its extensive Antarctic territory. 

Sir Douglas Mawson (1813-1897) was an Australian Antarctic explorer and geologist. His Expedition (1911-1913) went to King George V Land and Adelie Land in Antarctica to carry out geographical exploration and scientific studies, including visiting the South Magnetic Pole. He was knighted in 1914, and received the David Livingstone Centenary Medal from the American Geographic Society in 1916.

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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