New York: Lee Keedick, 1913. First Edition. First Printing. Maps, b&w photographs. Original cloth. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. xxv, 392 & x, 449 pages. Near Fine. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board titles, top edges gilt. Fore edge of final map in volume I has some shallow chipping to margin, affecting no content. The lower 1" or so of fore corner of final text page in volume II is lacking, with no loss of text. Hinges in volume II lightly reinforced with archival tissue. Otherwise clean, bright, and sound set, mostly unopened.
Amundsen's expedition was the first to reach the geographic South Pole, achieving the feat on December 14, 1911. They were 8 weeks ahead of the British expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott (who perished along with his five companions on their return from the Pole). The Amundsen team's expert use of skis and sled dogs made more rapid travel possible. This full account of the expedition by Amundsen himself is illustrated with numerous photographs and maps. Introduction by Fridtjof Nansen, whose expedition ship, "The Fram," was used by Amundsen. Translated from the Norwegian by A. G. Chater.