Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1909. First American edition. Quarto, two volumes. First American Edition. Originally published as a limited edition in London the same year. Publisher's blue cloth, titles, designs and rule in silver on the spine and front boards, top page edges gilt.
Shackleton gained fame as a member of Capt. Robert F. Scott's first expedition (1901-1902), and in 1907 came within 100 miles of the South Pole; a record at the time. This expedition of Shackleton's was the first to reach the Magnetic South Pole, the first to ascend the volcano Mt. Erebus, and substantially added to the knowledge of the geology and biology of the region. Three folding maps and one folding panorama at the rear of volume two, all Fine. An attractive set.
Very Good plus or better with no dust jackets (presumably as issued), much nicer than usually found. Bookplates at the front pastedowns, spines lightly toned, moderate rubbing to the design on the spine of volume two, faint smudges on the front board of volume one, hinges starting.
Spence 1098. (Item #1932)