SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon. Scott's Last Expedition … Arranged by Leonard Huxley with a Preface by Sir Clements Markham. London, Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd. for Smith, Elder & Co., 1913.
2 volumes, 8vo. Original blue cloth, boards with blind-ruled borders, titled in gilt on the upper boards and lettered in gilt on the spines, top edges gilt, others uncut; pp. xxvi, 633, [advertisements for the tin paper issue of the Oxford Dictioary of National Biography]; xvi, , 534, titles printed in red and black, photogravure portrait frontispieces of Scott and Edward A. Wilson by Emery Walker after Harrington Mann and E.J. Wilson, 6 photogravure plates by Swan after Edward A. Wilson with printed tissue guards, 18 colour-printed plates after Wilson (17) and Ponting (1) with tissue guards, 178 plates, 2 folding and 3 double-page, after Ponting et al., 3 leaves of facsimiles, 8 folding maps bound to throw-clear, one colour-printed, illustrations in the text; covers very lightly marked and with expert restorations to hinges, foxing here and there internally, two text leaves with repaired marginal flaws; presentation copy inscribed by the explorer's widow, and with a loosely inserted photograph of Kathleen Scott.
First edition, first printing of the official account of the expedition, comprising Scott's journal (volume I) and accounts by Cherry-Garrard, Campbell, Tayler, Evans, and Atkinson (volume II): Scott's writing 'contains far more personal commentary about himself and his men than was contained in The Voyage of the Discovery, and he achieved those great literary moments characterizing that former work, even early in the course of the expedition when he had so many preoccupations that most leaders might have transferred to their journals only the simplest notations' (Rosove p. 357).
Provenance: Kathleen Scott, the sculptor (1878-1947) inscribed this copy to the zoologist Sir Arthur Everett Shipley (1861-1927) 'E.A. Shipley with so many thanks for all your help , K. Scott 1913'. Shipley was well known to the expedition and wrote a warm obituary (The Times, 11 February, 1913) of his fellow scientist and friend Edward Wilson, who had met his fate alongside Scott,writing that he was 'one of the finest men who ever lived' and recalling their first meeting at Cambridge in the 1890s. He would later also assist Shackleton in selecting scientists for his 1914 expedition. Shipley studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and stayed there for much of his life, being elected a fellow in 1887, and master of the college in 1910. Principally specialising in parasitology and morphology, his large academic output included many publications on invertebrates, but also literary works for a wider audience. He travelled widely, visiting the USA frequently as well as undertaking trips to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, sometimes on behalf of the Colonial Office. The volumes were inscribed in 1927 by another family member, the physician G. R. Shipley Stewart.
Rosove 290 A1.