The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
By Cherry-Garrard, Apsley
London: Constable. Printed by R & R Clark, Edinburgh. 1922 â€” First Edition, First Printing. A complete 2 volume set bound in full-blue calf with decorative ruling on front and rear boards; spine with five raised bands, decorative fillets and title on red morocco in bright gilt. A remarkably clean copy internally with all tissue guards, plates and panoramic fold outs in place; no prior ownership markings.. â€” Rosove 71.A1. Very Scarce.
Volume I: pp. lxiv, 300, 4; half-title, 30 plate leaves including color frontpiece with tissue guard, 2 folding panoramas, and 27 plate leaves (3 color; 36 sketch, paintings, and photographs), and 4 maps [3 folding]; Appendix.
Volume II: pp. viii, 301-585, (1), half-title, 28 plate leaves including color frontpiece with tissue guard, 8 folding panoramas, and 19 plate leaves (1 color; 24 sketches, painting, and photograph), 1 folding map; Index.
The important first edition, first printing of the most sought after, and most difficult to find publication in the polar canon. This is the dramatic and well-written account of Scott’s 1910-1913 expedition. The expedition was comprised of three actual journeys: the depot journey, during which supplies were laid for the polar trip; the winter journey to Cape Crozier to visit the penguin rookery (the “worst journey” of the title); and the final, tragic attempt on the pole, during which Scott and four others perished. Arguably stated, this is the best book ever written capturing the essence of the heroic era of south polar exploration. Later editions omitted the numerous panoramas, color plates, one of the maps, and most of the photographs â€” this edition contains all. Professionally bound in full calf, this is a durable copy making it easy to handle and read.