SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest Henry. The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 ... With an Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill, ... an Account of the First Journey to the South Magnetic Pole by Professor T.W. Edgeworth David. London, Ballantyne and Co. Limited for William Heinemann, 1909.
4to, 2 volumes. Original blue cloth, boards with blind-ruled borders, upper boards lettered in silver and blocked with central vignette of the farthest South party, spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut; pp. xlviii, 372; II: xv, [1 (note)]; 419, [1 (blank)]; photogravure frontispieces, retaining printed tissue guards, 12 colour-printed plates, retaining printed guards, 200 monochrome plates, 4 double-page, 3 folding colour-printed lithographic maps and one folding panorama loosely inserted in pocket on lower pastedown of volume II, illustrations in the text, some full-page, titles printed in black and brown, errata slip tipped onto inner margin of the last preliminary page of volume two; only very light rubbing to extremities, tiny portion of one hinge with expert restoration, a little faded around spines; apart from minor and occasional spotting to text block, a very good copy; ownership inscription, dated 1915, on front fly-leaves, bookplate inside front cover of volume one, an attractive and clean copy.
First edition. Shackleton's classic account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909: 'The shore party consisted of fifteen men, including Shackleton [... T.E. Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson's] sledge journey to the south magnetic pole was one of the three foremost achievements of this expedition. The other two achievements were, first, the ascent and survey of Mount Erebus (12,448 feet), the active volcano on Ross Island and, second, the southern sledge journey, which reached within 100 miles of the south pole' (ODNB), achieving a new farthest South of 88° 23'.
Conrad p. 148; Denucé 2620; NMM I, 1099; Rosove 305.B1; Spence 1097; Taurus 58.