ANTARCTICA: A Treatise on the Southern Continent

ANTARCTICA: A Treatise on the Southern Continent

(London: The Richards Press, 1928).

VERY FINE ANTARCTICANA, FIRST EDITION. Hayes’ seminal work on Antarctica and one of particular scholarly value. Hayes states that “the purpose of this book is to treat Antarctica as fully as possible; to set forth what is known about it, to delimit what is unknown, and to consider how its undiscovered lands may become known. It is intended to treat the subject somewhat scientifically, without undue technicality, the standpoint being that of an ordinary educated reader rather than that of a specialist.”
The first chapters of the book are a technical introduction to the landscape, covering such topics as geology, glaciology, meteorology, and other subjects of natural history. These are covered in great depth and detail. He then covers the history of exploration of the region from the mid-1800's to 1916, with great emphasis given to the "Discovery" expedition, Shackleton's first expedition, Amundsen, Scott's last journey, Mawson's expedition, and Shackleton's second voyage. The final section discusses the future--possible areas for exploration, practical considerations, and territorial rights. There are also extensive glossaries, appendices, tables and schedules all of important historical and scientific value.
A fine and scarce survey. Item #27492

First edition. With 16 illustrations from photos and 14 charts and diagrams or maps (many folding), including four large and folding maps stored in the rear map pocket. Royal, thick 8vo, publisher’s original dark blue/black buckram, gilt lettered on both the spine and upper cover, t.e.g. xv, 448, including glaciological glossary, appendices and index pp. A very fine and very handsome copy, the cloth virtually free of any wear at all, the corners tight and sharp, the blue, dark and very clean with vivid gilt, the text extremely clean and bright.

Price: $650.00