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The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917.

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Published: London William Heinemann, 1919

Stock Code: 131840

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First edition, first impression. An extremely well-preserved copy from an edition which is most often marred by the low quality of the war-time materials available on publication. "The failure of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition to even reach the Antarctic continent, much less to cross it via the South Pole, has become the great polar success story of the twentieth century" (Books on Ice). Shackleton embarked in 1914 on the Endurance to make the first traverse of the Antarctic continent; a journey of some 1800 miles from sea to sea. But 1915 turned into an unusually icy year in Antarctica; after drifting trapped in the ice for nine months, the Endurance was crushed in the ice on October 27. "Shackleton now showed his supreme qualities of leadership. With five companions he made a voyage of 800 miles in a 22-foot boat through some of the stormiest seas in the world, crossed the unknown lofty interior of South Georgia, and reached a Norwegian whaling station on the north coast. After three attempts. Shackleton succeeded (30 August 1916) in rescuing the rest of the Endurance party and bringing them to South America" (ODNB). Amazingly, all members of the Endurance party survived the ordeal, attributing their survival to Shackleton's exceptional leadership qualities. In recent years, this factor has led to the re-interpretation of the book in terms of a leadership and man-management manual, and several influential attempts have been made to distil from the narrative the underlying principles of Shackleton's command, in order that they might be applied more widely. As Apsley Cherry-Garrard remarked in Worst Journey in the World; "For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organization, give me Scott; for a Winter Journey, Wilson; for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen; and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time".

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Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, spines and front cover lettered in silver, front cover with large silver block of Endurance stuck in ice, publisher's device in blind to rear board, top edge blue.


Colour frontispiece and 87 half-tone plates, folding map at the rear.


A little rubbed, just a touch whitened at the extremities, patch of faint mottling to the lower board, text-block less strongly browned than is typical, short closed tear to the map as usual, one other short tear to a fold, rear hinge a little cracked but entirely sound, small Times Book Club label to rear pastedown. A very good copy.


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