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TRIAL BY ICE: THE ANTARCTIC JOURNALS OF JOHN KING DAVIS Crossley 1997 1st edition Hc
By Crossley, Louise
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UK, 1997, 1st UK edition. 203 pp, b/w photos. John King Davis was arguably the greatest of the captains in the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration, and he was obsessed with the Antarctic. His seven voyages from 1907 to 1930 gave him an unrivalled experience in ice navigation. Known by his crew as 'Gloomy Davis' he believed in stern discipline and that it was the captain, not the expedition leader, who was in charge of the ship.
 
His caution and pessimism often brought him into conflict with the expedition leaders such as Douglas Mawson. Taken from his private journals, here for the first time is davis's account of the major Antarctic voyages. It offers an interesting counterpoint to the diaries of mason and it gives a very personal view of Davis's feelings about the frozen continent that dominated so much of his life.

This book is ... valuable as a source for the history of the 'Heroic Age' of Antarctic exploration during the first two decades of the twentieth century. The authors are to be congratulated on providing another new source for students of Antarctic exploration. Hardcover, DJ faded, corners bumped, but brand New.

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