SCOTT, Robert Falcon). HUXLEY, Elspeth HUXLEY, Elspeth.
Title: Scott of the Antarctic. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1977, ISBN:0297774336
Seller ID: 110654
(SCOTT, Robert Falcon). HUXLEY, Elspeth. Scott of the Antarctic. London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, (1977). First Edition. Pp (10),[xi]-xiv,-303,(3), + 16 pp plates. Map. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Cross & Perkin, Elspeth Huxley : A Bibliography A41(a). A full biography of the doomed explorer by one of Britain's foremost women-of-letters. "Scott is one of the heroes of the twentieth century. What sort of man was he ? He has been variously described as a great leader, a pawn in the power game of nations, a bungler who allowed his sentimental aversion to beating and eating dogs to warp his judgement, and a scientist at heart who believed the advancement of knowledge to be the only justification for the expensive polar expeditions he was called upon to undertake. Elspeth Huxley re-examines hislife in the light of the diaries and letters of his colleagues, as well as his own writings, to show that all these elements have some basis in his e nigmatic, complex character. Commander Scott RN was reluctant to enter the race to the South Pole, in which Amundsen the Norwegian beat him by one month. Given command of his first polar expedition as a young naval officer bySir Clements Markham - the domineering, blustery President ot the Royal Ge ographical Society - thereafteter his destiny was mapped out for him. The expectations ot his friends, of his unconventional artist wife, whom he married in middle age, and of his country, convinced him that it was his duty to return to the Antarctic and win for Britain the prize of the South Pole. With him went his friend Edward Wilson, doctor, ornithologist and artist, outstanding among an outstanding group of men for his unselfishness, humour and love of nature." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. Personnel of the British Antarctic Expeditions. 1. Markham's Choice; 2. Going to Sea; 3. Family Disaster; 4. Markham's Battle; 5. The Joint Committee; 6. Scientists and Sailors; 7. McMurdo Sound; 8. Antarctic Winter; 9. Summer Sledging, Dead Dogs; 10. Shackleton Goes Home; 11. The Most Desolate Region on Earth; 12. Markham's Downfall; 13. Homeward Bound; 14. Penmanship and No Medals; 15. Shackleton's Challenge; 16. In Love; 17. The Die is Cast; 18. Drumming Up Pennies; 19. Furl Topgallant Sails; 20. To One Ton Depot; 21. The Worst Journey; 22. Winter at Cape Evans; 23. An Awful Place; 24. The End of the Road; 25. Finale. With bibliography and index. Name, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00