Item #2004 The Crossing of Antarctica; The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 with ALS. Sir Vivian Fuchs, Sir Edmund Hillary.

The Crossing of Antarctica; The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 with ALS

London: Cassell & Company, 1958. First Edition / Presentation Copy. Light blue cloth over boards with titling in silver on spine. SIGNED "V. E. Fuchs" on publisher's book plate affixed to dedication page. Also SIGNED "Ed Hillary" beneath the bookplate. 5.5" x 8.75", pp. xv, 1 - 337, with 9 maps and scores of photographic illustrations. Bumped corners otherwise clean. DJ has some wear along the edges, head / tail of spine, and a few small closed tears along the top front.

Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs (1908 – 1999) was a British explorer whose expeditionary team completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica in 1958. He holds a deserved a place in history alongside of Shackleton, Amundsen and Scott. As Fuchs team set out from Shackleton base, Hillary blazed a trail for the crossing party to follow after they had reached the Pole. Very good / very good. Item #2004

"Day after day, time after time, for hours on end, everyone was over the side with axes, shovels, boards and boat-hooks, to clear the ice from the side of the ship. Some would hack at the huge piled up floes and prize them free with crowbars, others poled the loosened pieces back into the wash of the propeller thus clearing them into the small pool of water which always lay astern." (p 17).

Price: $250.00

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