AMUNDSEN, Roald. Sydpolen. Den Norske Sydpolsfærd med Fram 1910-1912. Kristiania, Jacob Dybwads Forlag, 1912.
Two volumes, 8vo. Original light blue cloth, penguin design in dark blue to front covers surrounding circular photograph in centre, lettered in gilt to upper covers, gilt spines with penguin design; pp. [vii], 528; [v], 424; numerous monochrome photographs, both in text and full-page, 11 maps and plans (3 folding, 2 coloured) at rear of volume II; one map with short repaired marginal tear; near-fine.
First edition. Amundsen's account of the first successful attainment of the South Pole, arriving by dog team with four other Norwegians on 14th December 1911. Amundsen thus famously won the 'race to the pole', arriving just over a month before Scott. This was a source of considerable national pride, which explains the lavishly decorated binding for this first edition. 'Amundsen's modest account of his extraordinary South Pole exploit is a classic in the exploration literature' (Rosove). The book had appeared before Scott's fate became known.
Spence 14; Rosove 8.A2 ("Uncommon"). Taurus 70.