The South Pole
An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the “Fram” 1910 -1912
Lee Keedick Deluxe Edition in Presentation Bindings.
by Roald Amundsen ~ Signed by Amundsen
New York: Lee Keedick, 1913, First Edition, First Printing, 2 volumes in Fine Condition inside and out. Three-quarter burgundy morocco, marbled boards, three raised bands, spine lettered and decorated in bright gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Similar collation to the Lee Keedick blue binding set but with different title pages and last leaves of each volume, tissue guards of front piece in each volume. Signed â€śVery Sincerely Yours, Roald Amundsen.â€ť Rare.â€”Rosove 9.B1
A complete set in exceptionally well-preserved condition.
Volume I: [xxxv] 392pp. thick large 8vo â€“ 23.5 cm, with untrimmed pages and gilt tops, original publisherâ€™s blue blind ruled cloth with very bright gilt on spine and cover. Frontis of Amundsen with tissue guard, Introduction by Fridtjof Nansen, 82 photographic images (mostly full-page), 1 full-page map and color fold-out map attached at rear.
Volume II: [x] 449pp. thick large 8vo with untrimmed pages and gilt tops, original publisherâ€™s blue blind ruled cloth with very bright gilt on spine and cover. Frontis of Amundsen with tissue guard. Appendix I, II, III, IV, & V; Index; 52 photographic illustrations (mostly full page), 20 maps and charts including fold out toward rear.
The detailed first person account of Roald Amundsenâ€™s successful expedition whose primary intention was the conquest of the South Pole â€“ begun on February 10, 1911 and achieving the South Pole on December 14, 1911 at 3:00pm with a temperature of -10Âşf. Amundsen and his expedition team departed the South Pole on December 17 and arrived at their winter quarters in January 1912, covering a total of approximately 1,750 miles round trip while averaging nearly 15.5 miles per day. Aside from successfully being the first expedition to attain the South Pole, the expedition also achieved significance by determining the extent and character of the Ross Barrier, and by discovering the 530 mile long mountain range connecting South Victoria Land and King Edward VII Land, this mountain range was named the Queen Maud Mountains by Amundsen.