The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
By Apsley Cherry-Garrard
London: Constable. Printed by R & R Clark, Edinburgh. 1922 â€” First Edition, First Printing. Quarter course tan linen on blue-gray papered boards, lettered paper spine labels with duplicate tipped in at each volumeâ€™s front free endleaf, all edges uncut, blue-gray endpapers, binderâ€™s blank leaf at end of Volume II. A complete 2 volume set in its original publisherâ€™s First Printing state in Very Good condition with un-cracked hinges, no prior ownership markings and only moderate intermittent foxing; slight wear to extremities of board covers; original publisherâ€™s blue-paper boards with some soiling and normal wear to extremities, linen spine surfaces in good condition, paper labels with some chipping; complete with spare spine labels, all tissue guards, plates and panoramic fold outs in place. â€” Rosove 71.A1. Very Scarce.
Volume I: pp. lxiv, 300, 4; 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), 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. Most say that this is the best polar book ever written. Later editions omitted the numerous panoramas, color plates, one of the maps, and most of the photographs â€” this edition contains all in its complete and original state.