With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic.
Book Id: 8859
Melrose, London (1919). (xxi) 183 pp, 41 plts, 8 maps (1 folding). Orig. navy gilt dec. cloth, gilt on spine is slt. dulled. A very good copy of a book that is difficult to find in decent condition. The very minimum of light scattered foxing, one corner bit bumped. Overall, a very bright, tight copy. Davis was master on the "Aurora" on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14, and was chief officer on the "Nimrod" with Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. The popular official account of the Australasian expedition was by Mawson, "The Home of the Blizzard". In Mawson's preface to this volume, he says Davis' book details the voyages of the ship, a gap not covered in his account. He states the "oceanographic investigations they have carried out ... (are) research which in scientific value is comparable with that accomplished ashore"..."disproving the existence of certain doubtful islands which up to that time had appeared on the charts of the region." Spence 354. Rosove 87.A1.9; A difficult title to find.