The Japanese South Polar Expedition 1910-12
By The Shirase Antarctic Expedition Supporters Association (Editors)
Translated by Lara Dagnall and Hilary Shibata.
Norwich: Bluntisham Books / Erskine Press, 2011. (1), 414, (2) pp, 8 full-page colour plates including two full-page maps, numerous black-and-white photographic and drawing illustrations. 10 Scientific Appendices, Postscript, Dramatis personae. Publisherâ€™s red cloth-textured boards, bright gilt lettering and decorations on cover and spine. Issued without dust wrapper. Fine â€” As New. ISBN 1852971096.
Nankyoku-ki (Ross 1.5.1) was first published in Japanese in December 1913. Nankyoku-ki is the account of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition based on official journals and records of the expedition and assembled by the Japanese Antarctic Expedition Supporters Association. This is the first English translation of that account. Many of the black-and-white photos used were not previously published in either Japanese or foreign publications. Tireless effort on the part of the translators has produced the first detailed account in English of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition. The long overlooked (outside of Japan) JAE traveled into Antarctic waters twice and made landfall in 1911. Their original mission was the conquest of the South Pole, and they were on the continent at the same time Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott whose expeditions were seeking the same goal. The JAE mission soon turned into one of scientific investigation and achievement with a farthest south of 80Âº5â€™ reached on 28 January 1912.