London, William Heinemann, 4 November 1910 ('Popular Edition', first thus)/ 4 November 1909.
Octavo, xvi, 368 pages with 4 illustrations plus 52 plates (4 in colour) and a folding map.
Original blind-stamped gilt-pictorial dark blue cloth; top edge gilt; extremities slightly bumped; spine a little darkened; slight wear to the foot of the spine; leading edge, endpapers and initial leaves a little foxed; scattered foxing; folding map a little torn; gift inscription and ownership stamp; a very good copy.
Rosove 305.D1 (the first William Heinemann impression, with a Preface to the Second Edition by the author). Two small related newspaper clippings are loosely inserted. 'In January 1908 [Shackleton] returned to Antarctica as leader of the British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition (1907-09). The expedition, prevented by ice from reaching the intended base site in Edward VII Peninsula, wintered on Ross Island, McMurdo Sound. A sledging party, led by Shackleton, reached within 97 nautical miles (112 statute miles or 180 km) of the South Pole, and another, under T.W. Edgeworth David, reached the area of the south magnetic pole.' (Encyclopedia Britannica website).