John Murray, 1912.
First edition, first printing. Large 8vos. Complete in 2 vols. Deep red boards with gilt titles & Norwegian flag motiff to front board & spine. Top edge gilt. A near fine/fine set. Beautifully preserved with clean boards & spine. Extremely bright gilt. Light pushing to tips and one corner. Usual oxidization to flag colour on spine. Absolutely none of the commonplace fading to deep red on spines. Internally complete & clean. Mild vertical crease to frontispiece & tissue guard in vol i. Occasional spotting. Short closed tear to foot of endpaper in vol ii. Endpapers original and unsplit. No inscriptions. All plates & charts collated complete. An exceptional set of this Polar cornerstone.
Amundsen's autobiographical account of the race to the South Pole. Scott's tragedy is well documented but often forgotten is the professionalism and group determination of the Norwegian expedition. Unmoved by ego's and traditionalism, Amundsen and his men used modern methods and egalitarian teamwork which ultimately ended thus -"...I had determined that the act of planting it [the flag] - the historic event - should be equally divided among us all. It was not for one man to do this; it was for all who had staked their lives in the struggle, and held together through thick and thin...."