London, Philip Allan & Co., [circa 1933].
Small octavo, 192 pages.
Blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, leading and bottom edges uncut; spine lightly sunned; cloth lightly marked; an excellent copy.
Number 19 in the publisher's Nautilus Library series. Frank Worsley was captain of the 'Endeavour' on Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. After the ship was crushed by ice and sank, 'the men made their way in three small boats ... to Elephant Island. It was from this island that Shackleton, Worsley and four others embarked on the journey that belongs for all time to the history of these seas, bringing the open boat, "James Caird", through squall and hurricane to South Georgia. There they tramped across the ice and snow and rocky heights of the almost unknown interior to a whaling station, from which they set out to rescue the men they left behind' (dustwrapper blurb). Rosove 361.B1: the '1st (Philip Allan & Co.) issue' of the abridged edition of 'Endurance. An Epic of Polar Adventure', first published in 1931 ('Contains only the "Endurance" expedition narrative from Elephant Island forward'.