South - The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917 - Ernest Shackleton 1919 - William Heinemann, London - First Edition, First Impression. A legendary account of leadership. It was on this expedition that the marooned Shackleton made his famous voyage in a 22-foot boat with five companions through 800 miles of some of the stormiest seas in the world, finally reaching South Georgia and a Norwegian whaling station [Spence].

With 86 full page plates, and large folding map to the rear, many classic photographs existing only due to the stubbornness of Hurley, Shackleton’s photographer, in refusing to leave the plates behind to conserve energy and food.

An exceptional copy of a book that is notorious for its poor quality of paper and binding. Suitably housed in a custom clamshell case of half navy blue morocco leather over matching cloth, lined with felt, spine lettered in silver.
  Shackleton embarked in 1914 on the Endurance to make the first traverse of the Antarctic continent; a journey of some 1800 miles from sea to sea. But 1915 turned into an unusually icy year in Antarctica; after drifting trapped in the ice for nine months, the Endurance was crushed in the ice on October 27. Shackleton now showed his supreme qualities of leadership. With five companions he made a voyage of 800 miles in a 22-foot boat through some of the stormiest seas in the world, crossed the unknown lofty interior of South Georgia, and reached a Norwegian whaling station on the north coast. After three attempts, Shackleton succeeded (30 August 1916) in rescuing the rest of the Endurance party and bringing them to South America. All members of the Endurance party survived. A fate not similarly shared by Scott in his attempt to reach the pole. [DNB]

Reference: Spence 1107.

Octavo (25.6 x 16.5 cm) pp. [2] xxi [1] [errata slip] 376. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine lettered in silver, front panel with image of the boat and lettering blocked in silver.
  Condition: Near fine, silver bright to boards, wear to outer edge of front board, lighter to corners, toning to paper edges, short tear to map tab at rear.   Ref: 108505   Price: HK$ 40,000