The Siege of the South Poleā€¦
The Siege of the South Pole; the Story of Antarctic Exploration.

London: Alston Rivers, 1905.

Octavo, frontispiece, numerous plates and text illustrations, three folding maps including one very large coloured map of Antarctica at rear, original gilt-decorated green cloth.

"The finest overview of Antarctic exploration ever written"

"A classic - the finest overview of Antarctic exploration ever written and an essential reference work" (Rosove). This comprehensive historical study of Antarctic cartography and exploration is especially important for its scholarly and detailed analysis of early maps of the southern polar regions. The scope of the work is significant, beginning with medieval conceptions of the pole right through to the first expeditions of the early twentieth century. The book contains, in addition to three folding maps, sixteen other historical maps reproduced in facsimile including the medieval world map of Macrobius. The achievements of Captain Cook as a polar cartographer are examined in detail, as are his successors including Dumont d'Urville, Weddell and Wilkes. The role of whaling and sealing is treated in two separate chapters and the book concludes with a chronological list of explorers complete with bibliographic references.

"A classic - the finest overview of Antarctic exploration ever written and an essential reference work" (Rosove). This comprehensive historical study of Antarctic cartography and exploration is especially important for its scholarly and detailed analysis of early maps of the southern polar regions. The scope of the work is significant, beginning with medieval conceptions of the pole right through to the first expeditions of the early twentieth century. The book contains, in addition to three folding maps, sixteen other historical maps reproduced in facsimile including the medieval world map of Macrobius. The achievements of Captain Cook as a polar cartographer are examined in detail, as are his successors including Dumont d'Urville, Weddell and Wilkes. The role of whaling and sealing is treated in two separate chapters and the book concludes with a chronological list of explorers complete with bibliographic references.

Provenance: Private collection (Australia)

Renard, 1068; Rosove, 226.A1.a; Spence 793.

Condition Report: Repaired tear to folding map; rear cover lightly worn, rear inner hinge of binding tender, but a good copy.

Price (AUD): $400.00

US$257.87   Other currencies

Ref: #4504327

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