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Antarctic Odyssey - In the Footsteps of the South Polar Explorers

Collier, Graham

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ISBN 10: 0786706538 / ISBN 13: 9780786706532
Edité par Carroll & Graf, New York, 1999
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Hardcover First Edition, with DJ (now in mylar sleeve.) INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER PATRICIA GRAHAM COLLIER and SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, her husband GRAHAM COLLIER, on flyleaf --- "To Ethel and Sam - fellow Antarctic Voyagers. With all good wishes. Patricia Graham Collier Graham Collier." Spine top very gently bumped, otherwise book as new. DJ has tiny tear & crease at spine top, otherwise fine, as new. xiv + 194 pages, one vintage b/w engraving (by Gustave Dore), 56 mostly color contemporary photos, b/w vintage photos in Appendix A ("Biographical Notes"), 9 maps (drawn by author.) "several trips to both East and West Antarctica, he recalls the stories of the Early South-Polar explorers, often standing on the sites of their triumphs and disasters." Magellan, Francis Drake, Shackleton, Scott, Victor Campbell, Douglas Mawson. Size: 4to, 11.5 " tall. N° de réf. du libraire 011535

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Titre : Antarctic Odyssey - In the Footsteps of the ...

Éditeur : Carroll & Graf, New York

Date d'édition : 1999

Reliure : Hard Cover

Illustrateur : Photography by Patricia Graham Collier

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine

Signé : SIGNED & INSCRIBED

Edition : First American Edition

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It is the most remote and inhospitable, the coldest and driest of the earth's continents. Its bleakly stunning landscapes have attracted the boldest of the heroic age of exploration. Graham Collier tells its story in gorgeous photographs and vivid prose -- and how, like Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, and others before him, he fell under the spell of Antarctica.

Very few people, scientists or explorers, have seen Antarctica as has Graham Collier. He has visited the camps of Scott and Shackleton, reached the slopes of the 13,000-foot volcanic Mount Erebus, and traveled to the unimaginably remote Peter I Island and Elephant Island, where the crew of the Endurance was marooned for four months. He has walked among basking seals, called on penguin rookeries, been dive-bombed by skua-gulls, and admired albatrosses like those in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". Following in the footsteps of the great explorers from Captain Cook and James Clark Ross to Shackleton and Douglas Mawson, he recreates the experience of encountering the "last continent" in all its icy splendor.

In this exquisite book, Collier attempts to answer polar explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot's question, "Where does the strange attraction of the polar regions lie, so powerful, so gripping that on one's return from them one forgets all weariness of body and soul and dreams only of going back?"

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Collier's crystalline account of his several recent trips to the bottom of the world aboard scientific research shipsAand once on a converted Russian icebreakerAis a wondrous, serendipitous adventure. A regular contributor to National Geographic, Collier set out to retrace portions of the historic journeys of pioneering polar explorers such as Roald Amundsen, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott and James Ross. He visited remote, gale-racked Elephant Island, where Shackleton, after abandoning his ice-jammed ship Endurance, spent 105 days marooned with his men in 1915. The story of Shackleton's amazing escape in an Antarctic winter, and his return to rescue his crew, as re-created by Collier, is a remarkable odyssey of stamina, courage and faith in the face of hopeless odds. He also follows the tragic journey of Scott, who perished with his men in 1912 on his return from the South Pole after discovering that Amundsen had beaten them there. Collier's wife, Patricia, who accompanied him on his Antarctic treks, took the stunning color photographs, complementing his eloquent narrative with images of the continent's eerie beauty, incandescent blue icebergs and platoons of indomitable penguins. Drawing freely from the polar explorers' diaries to gauge his own adventures against theirs, Collier sees Antarctica as a metaphor for the brevity and frailty of human life on the planet. While David Campbell's The Crystal Desert (1992) offers a more thorough tour of Antarctica's biology and ecosystems, the Colliers' effort provides an eloquently expressed romantic view of the continent and of the human encounter with it. 50,000 first printing. (Nov.)
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