First English edition. 8vo. pp. 416; colour and b & w illusts.; new in original boards.
The Japanese South Polar Expedition, led by Nobu Shirase and which took place at the same time as expeditions by Scott, Amundsen, and Filchner, initially set out to reach the South Pole, but ice conditions prevented the ship reaching the Antarctic continent. The expedition returned to Australia, reprovisioned, and sailed south again, meeting the Fram, Amundsen’s ship, in the Bay of Whales. A “Dash Party” was landed, which headed south, and reached 80o5’S, 156o37’W, while another two parties were landed on King Edward VII Land, which explored the Alexandra Range. After collecting all three parties, the expedition headed north again, having failed in its primary objective of reaching the pole, but achieving much else. Shirase published an account of the expedition in Japanese, and other expedition members published accounts, but very little exists in English. The present work, compiled by the Shirase Antarctic Expedition Supporter’s Association, provides an excellent introduction based on Shirase’s account.
Author [Shirase, Nobu.] Lara Dagnall & Hilary Shibata, trans. & ed.
Binding Original cloth, gilt
Publisher Bluntisham/Erskine Press.
Condition See description
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