Amundsen's South Pole in original parts. (1912)

Amundsen, Roald.

Sydpolen. Den Norske Sydpolsfærd med Fram 1910-1912.

Published: Kristiania: Jacob Dybwabs Forlag,

Date: 1912

First edition, in 40 original parts. 8vo. Numerous plates and illusts., 11 maps, charts and diagrams [all correct as per listing in Rosove, albeit with one or two variations in pagination ]; very good in the original pictorial wrappers, part nos. 21 and 40 with ad. for publisher’s bindings tipped on to front wrappers, parts 16, 20 and 40 additionally with bookseller receipts tipped on to front wrapper, minor chipping to head and tail of a few spines, but in all a very well-preserved set of the original issue of this work, now contained in a purpose-made fall down back box with leather spine.

Bibliography
Denucé 2696; Spence 14; Rosove 8.A1.

Note
On 14 December, 1911, Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole, planting the Norwegian flag. Amundsen’s narrative of his attainment of the South Pole first appeared in his native Norwegian, and it was initially issued in the present format of 40 parts prior to its appearance in book form. Sets of the work in these original parts rarely come onto the market. This set also includes three receipts, issued by E. Sem’s Bokhandel to the original purchaser for several of the parts, dated 7 November 1912, 19 November 1912, and 28 April 1913, suggesting that the complete set of parts took several months to acquire.

Condition
Very good.

Binding
Original wrappers.

£5250

Offered by Meridian Rare Books