"THESE ROUGH NOTES AND OUR DEAD BODIES MUST TELL THE TALE": FIRST EDITION OF SCOTT'S LAST EXPEDITION
SCOTT, Robert F. Scott's Last Expedition. London: Smith, Elder, 1913. Two volumes. Thick octavo, original blue cloth, top edges gilt, uncut. $1800.
First edition of Scott's diaries from his last Antarctic expedition, with frontispiece portraits, 18 color plates, eight folding maps (one color), and over 250 other illustrations and folding panoramas.
"This is the place to begin for this expedition. Read this first, then supplement, compare and decide" (Conrad, 188). Scott's final expedition is a tragic tale. When news of Scott's fate first reached the world's ears, "the achievement and heroic end aroused world-wide admiration" (DNB). Setting out on November 1, 1911, Scott sought to be the first to reach the South Pole. After much hardship he finally reached his goal on January 18, 1912, only to discover that the party led by Roald Amundsen had attained it one month earlier, leaving a note for Scott. Due to bad weather and illness the return journey experienced numerous delays. On March 21, the party finally made camp only eleven miles from the next depot. The group was now reduced to three men: Edgar Evans had died of illness and Lawrence Oates, too frost-bitten to continue, walked off into a blizzard in an attempt to speed the journey of the rest of the party. A storm prevented the remaining Scott party from making further progress; their bodies and Scott's three notebooks were discovered eight months later. Without the virtually unobtainable dust jackets. Taurus 77. Fitzgerald 629. Spence 1064. Rosove 290. Stam & Stam 6.10.
Scattered light foxing, rubbing to spine extremities. An extremely good copy.