The Diaries of Captain Robert Scott. A Record of the Second
The Diaries of Captain Robert Scott. A Record of the Second

SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon. The Diaries of Captain Robert Scott. A Record of the Second Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912.

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'an important and unexpectedly scarce publication'

SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon. The Diaries of Captain Robert Scott. A Record of the Second Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912. Tylers Green, Buckinghamshire: Billing & Sons Ltd for University Microfilms Ltd., 1968.

4to (253 x 200mm, vols I-IV) and 8vo (203 x 124mm, vols V-VI), 6 volumes. Original blue buckram, upper boards and spines lettered in gilt; pp. I: [8 (half-title, verso blank, title, imprint, acknowledgments, verso blank, introduction)], [344]; II: [2 (blank l.)], [2 (title, imprint)], [458], [2 (blank l.)]; III: [2 (title, imprint)], [158]; IV: [2 (title, imprint)], [308], [2 (blank l.)]; V: [2 (title, imprint)], [290]; VI: [2 (title, imprint)], [426] [4 (blank ll.)]; facsimile manuscript and typescript with illustrations and diagrams in the text, printed on rectos, versos, or rectos and versos of ll.; a few very slight marks and minor bumping to a few corners, nonetheless a very good set.
First edition, cloth-bound trade issue. 'An important and unexpectedly scarce publication of the complete manuscript diaries compiled by Captain Scott on his last [Terra Nova] expedition' (Taurus); the set comprises a facsimile edition of Scott's unedited manuscript base diaries for October 1910 to October 1911 (volumes I-II) and sledging orders for 1910 to 1911 (volume III), with a monochrome facsimile of volume III of The South Polar Times (for the British Antarctic Expedition, contained in volume IV of this set). Volumes V-VI contain facsimiles of Scott's sledging diaries for January 1911 to March 1912, which were recovered from his tent after his death and include accounts of the final journey to the Pole and Scott's 'Message to the Public'.
Conrad p. 188 ('Not very easy to find'); Rosove 294.A2 ('Scarce'); Spence 1078; Taurus 88.

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