Scott's Last Expedition in Two Volumes: Vol. I. Being the Journals of Captain R. F. Scott, R.N., C.V.O.; Vol. II. Being the Reports of the Journeys & the Scientific Work Undertaken by Dr. E. A. Wilson and the Surviving Members of the Expedition - Robert Falcon Scott, Leonard Huxley, Sir Clements Markham 1913 - Smith, London - First Edition ‘A worthy memorial of one of the great achievements of our time.’ – Winston Churchill

An exceptionally nice set of the first edition, describing Scott's final, fateful and fatal journey in quest of the South Pole. Both volumes are illustrated with numerous plates from photographs by H. G. Ponting, plates from sketches and water colours by Edward A. Wilson, some colour; photogravure frontispiece portraits of Scott & Wilson, and two large folding maps.

It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more – R. Scott – For God's sake look after our people

Volume I containing the diaries of Scott, including the letters written to Wilson's mother, Bowers' mother, a string of notables including his former commander Sir George Egerton, his own mother and his wife, together with his ‘
Message to the Public’. Without these diaries, which were found on Scott’s body, we would never have known Oates’ immortal line ‘I am just going outside and may be some time’.
  Volume II contains the reports from other members of the team.

Reference: Spence 1064. Taurus 77.

Two thick octavo volumes (24.5x17.4cm), pp. [2] xxvi 633 [1] [2 (publisher’s advertisements)]; xiv [2] 534 [2]. In publisher’s blue ribbed cloth lettered in gilt to spine and front boards, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
  Condition: Near fine , very light rubbing to corners and spine ends, moderate light foxing to first and last few pages, small watermark to lower corner of frontispiece in volume I.   Ref: 109852   Price: HK$ 7,500