the south polar times in wrappers.
SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD [editor]. The South Polar Times. Volume III April to October 1911. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1914.
4to, 3 issues in one volume. Original dark-blue cloth, upper board lettered in gilt and with gilt-framed, mounted colour-printed illustration, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, in the rarely seen dustwrapper (this with a litle loss to spine and margins); pp. xv, [1 (blank)], ff. 1-152 [printed on rectos only and including plates], pp. -160; colour-printed frontispiece to each issue, 20 colour-printed plates after Wilson et al., 5 monochrome silhouette plates, 3 photographic plates after H.G. Ponting, 6 mounted photographic plates after Ponting with printed captions on mounts, colour-printed headpieces and illustrations, text printed in red and blue; very slightly rubbed at extremities, a few ll. slightly loose, variable spotting and foxing on first and final leaves, occasional light offsetting from illustrations onto text, nonetheless the text and especialy the binding very fresh; provenance: M. Blanche Haylett, 25 October 1914 (inscription on front free endpaper).
First edition, no. 230 of 350 copies. The issues published in the first two volumes of The South Polar Times were produced during the Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904 under the editorship of E.H. Shackleton and L.C. Bernacchi for the amusement and recreation of the shore party during the long Antarctic winter. The title was revived for Scott's British Antarctic Expedition (BAE) of 1910-1913 under the editorship of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and followed the format of the earlier issues, comprising stories, anecdotes and semi-serious essays, illustrated with photographs by Ponting and drawings by Edward Wilson and others. Scott commented that, 'It is a very good little volume ... The contributors are anonymous, but I have succeeded in guessing the identity of the greater number' (quoted in Rosove). As with the issues of the earlier expedition, the illustrated typescripts of the three original issues of The South Polar Times of Scott's last expedition were published in facsimile, following the format of the first two volumes published seven years before. Rosove considers this volume 'very scarce' and the dustwrapper 'rare'; the presence of the dustwrapper has ensured that the binding has been preserved in unusually fresh condition.
Conrad p. 173; NMM I, 1108 (part); Rosove 291.A2a; Spence 1094; Taurus 79.