Moscow: I.N. Kholchev, 1906. Item #217
132 pp. Octavo. With three maps at rear (two folding) and numerous illustrations in text. Original publisher’s printed and illustrated wrappers, slightly age toned and with minor tears on extremities, but overall a very good copy.
First and only edition.
Captivating overview of the history of exploration of Antarctic written in the midst of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Compiled by a Russian geographer, traveller and teacher in Moscow University (professor since 1918) Sergey Grigoriev (1874-1931), the book describes the expeditions to the mysterious Terra Australis from starting with James Cook and paying the most attention to the latest voyages of 1890-1900s: Gerlache on Belgica, Borchgrevink on Southern Cross, Scott on Discovery, Drigalsky on Gauss, Nordenskiöld on the Antarctic, Bruce on Scotia, and Charcot on the Francais. The maps show the Victoria Land with the track of Scott, Graham Lands with the tracks of Belgica, Nordenskiöld, and the Antarctic; and of the whole Antarctica with the tracks of Cook, Dumont d’Urville, Bellingshausen, Wilkes, Ross, Challenger, Borchgrevink, Drigalsky, Bruce and Charcot.