With the Aurora in the Antarctic, 1911-1914
With the Aurora in the Antarctic, 1911-1914
With the Aurora in the Antarctic, 1911-1914

DAVIS, John King. With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic, 1911-1914.

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DAVIS, John King. With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic, 1911-1914. London, Andrew Melrose, Ltd., [1919].

8vo. Original blue buckram, image of Aurora blocked in gilt to upper cover, lettered in gilt; pp. xxi, 183; portrait frontispiece, numerous photographic illustrations, charts and diagrams to text, 7 single-page maps and one large folding map; gilt to spine a little faded, minimal rubbing to cloth, occasional very light spotting to text, else a good tight copy of one of the rarer Antarctic accounts.
First edition. Douglas Mawson led the Australian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) aboard the Aurora and Mawson's subsequent popular official account of the expedition, The Home of the Blizzard, offered an extensive overview. His book nonetheless failed to provide much detail about the ship's actual voyages. Davis, the ship's commander, therefore filled a gap in the literature by providing the present record of the Aurora's Antarctic service. Of the two works, Davis' has now become the rarer one.
Spence 354; Renard 421; Rosove 87.A1.a.
Provenance: Calligraphic presentation slip in red and black ink pasted onto front fly leaf To Dr. J. A. Royle from J. W. Mc Coskrie dated April 1940.

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