New York: Macmillan, 1920. First Edition. Octavo. Item #025959
vi, 380 pages, color frontispiece; 88 plates, maps (one folded). One of the greatest epics in the field of Antarctic Travel and Exploration. A.W. Greely in his four page review of the book in 1921 noted not only was this the most comprehensive scientific work every attempted on a polar expedition but the four relief expeditions under Shackleton faced difficulties not dissimilar from the Greely Arctic Expedition in the winter of 1883-1884. He writes: "the illustrations are of unusual value, conveying as they do a clearer and more accurate view of polar scenes and lands, and especially as to Caird Coast and Elephant Island." In addition, to the map which is in fine condition, all photos are present with many textual illustrations. The book stamp and signature of Dr. Arthur Leland Marshall Smith who was a well-known physician at Rutgers University where he started the University Outing Club and he continued as a world traveler and explorer until World War II. It is unusual to find such a bright copy in near fine condition since this book was frequently read to death. A beautiful copy bound in green cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettering gilt.