The Voyage of the 'Why Not?' in the Antarctic: The Journal of the Second French South Polar Expedition, 1908-1910
Place Published: London
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Date Published: Circa 1919
Edition: Early printing of the English Version by Philip Walsh
Book Id: 45135
315pp. Quarto [25.5 cm] Aqua-blue cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles, a white ink stamped penguin vignette on the spine, and a nautical vignette in negative within a gilt stamped panel on the front cover. Good only. Ex-library, with library markings on the spine and rear endsheet. The edges of the covers are rubbed and gently bumped, and the cloth at the spine ends is frayed. There are a couple of small light stains on the rear board. The rear hinge is broken. There is a contemporary gift inscription, along with a brief notation, on the front free endsheet. There is a large loss from the bottom right corner of the title page, not obscuring the title. With the fold-out illustration at the front (fore edge margin slightly creased).
With numerous illustrations from photographs. From the Introduction- "Recently... the South Pole has emerged from darkness. Voyagers and scientific men during the last two centuries have realized that our knowledge of the natural physical conditions of the globe must necessarily remain incomplete as long as there continues so large an unknown zone as that represented by the great white spot covering the southern extremity of the world, twice as vast as the whole of Europe."