The White Desert

BARBER, Noel. The White Desert.

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BARBER, Noel. The White Desert. [London], Hodder and Stoughton, 1958.

8vo. Publisher's navy boards, spine lettered in gilt; in the original pictorial dust-wrapper (not price-clipped); pp. 205, [2]; with numerous leaves of plates of photographs, and a map facing title page which is included in pagination; light fading to spine of wrapper, with slight chipping along edges; else bright and clean, a near-fine copy in the wrapper.
First edition. This text is Noel Barber's first-hand account of the first successful Trans-Antarctic expedition, led by Sir Vivian Fuchs. Barber was the first Briton to arrive in the 'white desert' of the Antarctic since Scott's expedition of 1912, and he was able to meet Fuchs and Edmund Hillary, who had previously scaled Mount Everest, at key points along their cross-continent journey. 'In between the moments of the main adventure, Barber was accumulating a store of unforgettable personal experiences,' (back flap). The photograph on the front panel depicts Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Fuchs meeting at the South Pole.