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ID: 2253
The Voyage of The 'Discovery'.
SCOTT, Robert F.


London Smith, Elder & Co..

Two volumes. First edition, first issue; 8vo; original ribbed dark blue cloth, covers with raised gilt medallions, spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt; photogravure frontispieces, plates, two maps loosely inserted in end-pocket of each volume. Presentation inscription in Volume II, "Jessie E. Royds Autumn. 1905 C. " This is presumed to be from Charles Royds to his wife. The first volume has the ownership inscription of Jessie Royds, dated October 1905. From 1901 to 1904, Royds was First Lieutenant of the RRS Discovery on Robert Falcon Scott's National Antarctic Expedition. He also served as meteorologist and one of the unofficial photographers on the expedition. Cape Royds in Antarctica was named after him. Numerous full page illustrations by Wilson and others members of the expedition, 12 coloured plates in facsimile from Wilson's sketches. An elaborate and handsome publication from the first major British effort in the Antarctic, partially subsidised by public institutions. Intended to be published simultaneously by Smith Elder and John Murray, only one or two copies of the first issue have appeared with dust jackets. Accordingly, truly fine copies are rare. Very good, a little wear to the extremities, especially spine ends, medallions a little rubbed as usual, spine darkened and hinges a little weak in both volumes. Price £1500.00

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