The South Pole
An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the âFramâ 1910 -1912
Special Lee Keedick Edition.
Signed:Â Very Sincerely Yours, Roald Amundsen
by Roald Amundsen
New York: Lee Keedick, 1913, First Edition, First Printing, 2 volumes. 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, Half-title pages present in each volume. Signed âVery Sincerely Yours, Roald Amundsen.â Signature page faded and with offsetting due to being dis-bound for a prolonged period of time, but clear and legible. This set has been expertly and tastefully rebound in burgundy ÂŸ leather and marbled boards, spine is finely tooled and with bright gilt lettering. Rare. Rosove 9.B1.
Volume I: [xxxv] 392pp. thick large 8vo â 23.5 cm, with untrimmed pages and gilt tops, original publisherâs 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 publisherâs 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 Amundsenâs successful expedition with hisÂ primary goal being the conquest of the South Pole. The expedition began on February 10, 1911 and achieved the South Pole on December 14, 1911 at 3:00pm with a temperature of -10Âșf. 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 which Amundsen named the Queen Maud Mountains.