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MAWSON: AND THE ICE MEN OF THE HEROIC AGE: SCOTT, SHACKELTON AND AMUNDSEN Peter FitzSimons 2011 1st edition Thick Hardcover, DJ Fine
By FitzSimons, Peter FitzSimons
Price: $59.95


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Sydney, 2011, 1st edition. 737 pp, 40 b/2 photos (on glossy stock for finer detail), 5 maps. Very thick hardcover, weight 2.5 lbs, Dust Jacket, Fine condition. 

This book is thicker and heavier than normal so additional postage will be requested for Media Mail, Priority Mail or INternational Mail.

The incredible story of Australia's most famous polar explorer and his contemporary British and Norwegian giants from the heroic age of polar exploration

Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. This is the incredible account of the expedition he led, starting from Hobart Tasmania on December 2, 1911, to explore the virgin frozen coastline beyond, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. 

After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz. After five weeks, tragedy struck Ninnis was swallowed whole by a snow covered crevasse, and Mawson and Mertz realized it was too dangerous to go on. 

Dwindling supplies forced them to kill their dogs to feed the other dogs, at first, and then themselves. Hunger, sickness, and despair eventually got the better of Ninnis, and he succumbed to madness and then to death. 

Mawson found himself all alone, 160 miles from safety, with next to no food. This staggering tale of his survival, against all odds, also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the heroic age of polar exploration, to bring the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.


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