Fuchs, Sir Vivian, and Sir Edmund Hillary – The Crossing of Antarctica. The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58


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(London: Cassell, 1958)

8vo; original blue cloth titled in silver gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. xv + (iii) + 338 incl. index; several photographic plates several of which in full colour; maps. Dustwrapper rather edgeworn and foxed with previous owner’s Scotch tape reinforcing to head and tail of spine panel; bookshop label on front pastedown; previous owner’s name on flyleaf; occasional light foxing. Dustwrapper notwithstanding very good condition. (Conrad 394 Renard 567 Spence 490) The expedition completed the first traverse of the continent. Hillary’s tractor journey was the first mechanical and third land party to reach Pole while Fuchs was the first to reach the South Pole from the Weddell Sea by land. The flight in the Otter from South Ice to Scott Base via South Pole was was the first Weddell Sea to Pole flight and the second continental crossing … In addition to establishing three bases of which Scott Base in the Ross Sea is still in operation they conducted a comprehensive science program including the first seismic survey across the continent. It was an exploit of the highest standard.” – L. J. Conrad: Bibliography of Antarctic Exploration”