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THE HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC: BEING THE STORY OF THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907-1909 2 Volumes Ernest Shackleton 1909 1st UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Shackleton, Ernest
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London, Heinemann, 1909, 1st UK edition. 372, 419 pages, 271 photographic illustrations on 195 plates; both volumes TEG, diagrams, maps, plans and graphs in the text - nine are full-page, and includes three folding maps and a folding plate in pocket of volume two. A set of one of the greatest of all Antarctic Exploration books. Two large format navy cloth hardcovers with gilt titles on faded spines and silver titles and decoration on covers. Bindings are tight and interiors are fine. Near Fine condition overall.

As both volumes are heavy, we will request a small increase in postage for Media Rate, and a larger one for Priority Mail or International Mail. The books should fit into the USPS's Medium Priority Flat Rate box, $15 in the US, and under $80 internationally (Airmail.)

Shackleton's famous account of the Nimrod expedition, which he led to the Antarctic in 1907-09. 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."


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