TO THE EDGES OF THE EARTH:


TO THE EDGES OF THE EARTH:

EDWARD J. LARSON    Book Number: 85901    Product format: Hardback

As 1909 dawned the three crown jewels of exploration - the North Pole, the South Pole and the world's highest point, aka "the Pole of Altitude" - all lay unclaimed. By the end of the year three expeditions had braved death, disease, mutiny and unimaginable hardships to raise flags on the farthest edges of the earth. Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed as the discoverers of the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographical farthest-south record and his expedition mate on the Nimrod, Douglas Mawson, had reached the magnetic South Pole and in the Himalayas Italy's Prince Luigi Amadeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, set an altitude record that would last for a generation as he attempted an ascent of K2, an attempt which failed but established what was to become the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet. By drawing on extensive archival and new research, Larson weaves each of these audacious narratives into one thrilling adventure story, one which he can have special claim to tell, having himself climbed extensively in the Himalayas, explored the Arctic ice-sheets and actually reached the South Pole, staying in Shackleton's actual Cape Royds hut on his trek. These three legendary expeditions, which overlapped chronologically, were glorified on their participants' return and became subject to a great deal of myth-making. In reality Peary and Henson's navigation, difficult even today on moving ice sheets, was suspect and they almost certainly missed their Pole, the Duke did not reach the summit of K2 and Shackleton missed his Pole by a mere 112 miles, but master historian Larson strips out the myth and lays bare the story of three of the greatest and oft-overlooked tales of human exploration and endeavour, revealing the astonishing achievements that lay at the journeys' hearts. With 24 pages of b/w expedition photos, 327pp. First US edition of 2018, roughcut pages, small remainder mark.
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