London: John Murray, 1912.
First English edition. 6 maps and charts (4 folding), one diagram of the journey, and 99 photographic plates. xxxv, [i], 392; x, 449 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Original maroon cloth lettered in gilt, decorated with the Norwegian flag on front covers and spines, top edge gilt, others uncut, contemporary gift inscription. Flags on spines a little rubbed, frontispiece loose, otherwise a near fine copy. Taurus 71; Rosove 9. Item #316496
After hearing of Cook's and Peary's claim of the North Pole in 1909, Amundsen changed his plan and instead decided to head for Antarctica in 1910. Setting off in the Fram, he and his men arrived at the eastern edge of Ross Ice Shelf at a large inlet called the Bay of Whales on 14 January 1911. Amundsen spent the winter mapping his route and preparing depots for food and provisions along the way and finally left for the South Pole on 19 October 1911 with four other men, four sledges and 52 dogs. They arrived at the Pole on 14 December 1911, 35 days before Robert Falcon Scott and his party.
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