The South Polar Trail: The Log of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Copyright: 1929, Duckworth, London
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.220, photo frontis, 60 bw photos, chart, gilt lettered spine, light blue cloth
Condition: inscribed “To Harry, From Yr Ould Penguin Joycey, Antarctica 1901-4 1907-9 1914-17 London 22-3-30” on half-title, cloth rubbed, front hinge starting, very good
A Signed Copy of Joyce’s Ross Sea Party Narrative
The incredible story of the Ross Sea Party which provided support for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) which planned to make the first crossing of the Antarctic continent. Joyce first journeyed to the Antarctic as a member of Scott’s British National Antarctic Expedition (1901-04), then with Shackleton on the British Antarctic Expedition (1907-09). The Ross Sea Party consisted of ten men, including Joyce, Aeneas Mackintosh (leader), Ernest Wild (brother of Frank Wild), Joseph Stenhouse, and Dick Richards. For the Antarctic crossing, Shackleton placed Joyce in charge of dogs, provisions and laying out of depots. When their ship ‘Aurora’ ripped from its moorings, along with most of their supplies, the ten men scavenged equipment and food and set out to set the depots needed for Shackleton and his men. Joyce and his companions sledged over 1600 miles to lay the depots which, with the sinking of the Endurance, were never utilised. Of the ten, three men died including Mackintosh. This book is based on Joyce’s diary and is the primary, first-hand account of the Ross Sea Party. This is a wonderful signed copy from someone closely tied to the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. Uncommon.
AB-USN 23-69.8, Conrad p.220, Karrow 366, Meadows 348, Renard 822, Rosove 188.A1.b, Spence 642, Taurus 106.