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The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton - "Another Little Job for the Tinker"

The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton -

By Judy Skelton

A published version of Reginald Skelton's journals.

Published: 2004 by Reardon Publishing, Cheltenham, England

Price: 60.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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Aurora - Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14

Aurora - Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14

By Beau Riffenburgh

In 1911 Douglas Mawson organised and led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) - a scientific investigation of the Antarctic on a scale never before considered. At the same time it was responsible foir the exploration of vastly more territory than any other Antarctic expedition. It consisted of three land bases operated by 32 men, seven major sledging journeys (as well as numerous shorter ones), and a full oceanographic programme in addition to its shorebased scientific studies. Yet what was intended by Mawson to be a scientific exercise devoid of heroic adventure, also proved to be a tale of death, determination, and raw courage.

The late Sir Edmund Hillary described it as "the greatest survival story in the history of exploration". The dynamic character of Mawson, the expedition's sheer scale, and that most of what happened on it has never entered the public consciousness were very appealing reasons to investigate such an epic venture. The result is the first examination of the full expedition since Mawson's "The Home of the Blizzard" was published in 1915.

Published: 2011 by

Price: 37.50  (VAT not chargeable)

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Climbing the Pole

Climbing the Pole

By John Thomson

In 1957 on the Antarctic Plateau Sir Edmund Hillary, the great New Zealand mountaineer, raced his expedition leader, Vivian Fuchs, to the South Pole for reasons that were never fully explained. Hilary's actions threw Fuchs' Trans Antarctic Expedition (TAE) into confusion. Examining records that could explain why Hilary acted as he did took the writer into part of the history of the TAE: the part that somehow had escaped close examination for around half a century. CLIMBING THE POLE is the result.

Published: 2010 by The Erskine Press

Price: 15.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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The Continent of Antarctica

The Continent of Antarctica

By Julian Dowdeswell and M Hambrey

This book attempts to bring together our accumulated experience of the Antarctic continent, through what we hope is a combination of an accessible but informative text, supported by a series of photographs. The selection of photographs, which are mostly our own, was a particular pleasure, reminding us of the many remote and beautiful places we have seen as part of our scientific work.

Published: 2018 by Papadakis

Price: 35.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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Douglas Mawson

Douglas Mawson

By Beau Riffenburgh

Douglas Mawson is often considered the greatest figure in the history of Antarctic science. After making a record-setting sledging journey on Ernest Shackleton's first expedition, he organised and led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, at that time the most intensive scientific effort planned in the far south. On this expedition, Mawson made a remarkable solo journey described as "the greatest survival story in the history of exploration". This booklet examines Mawson's life and expeditions, including his incredible tale of death, determination and courage.

Published: 2010 by Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England

Price: 7.95  (VAT not chargeable)

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Due South

Due South

By John Kelly

Due South catalogues moments in time experienced during a journey to Antarctica, the last great wilderness. As selected artist with the British Antarctic Survey, this work is an attempt to present the reality of Antarctica, not simply a visual record, but an account of the emotions and fleeting thoughts of life in the 'freezer'.

Published: 2004 by Signal Books

Price: 5.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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Foothold on Antarctica

Foothold on Antarctica

By Charles Swithinbank

The first international expedition (1949-52) through the eyes of its youngest member.

Published: 1999 by The Book Guild Ltd., Lewes, Sussex, England

Price: 5.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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From South Devon to the South Pole

From South Devon to the South Pole

By Paul Davies

Captain Robert Scott led two expeditions to the Antarctic and Sir Ernest Shackleton led three. Each of these expeditions has strong connections with Plymouth and South Devon, with many of the crew and scientists having been recruited from this area.

By examining the contribution of these men to the expeditions and indentifying the many polar memorials and landmarks in Devon, this inspiring period of Antarctic Exploration (1901-22) is brought vividly to life.

Published: 2011 by Kingsbridge Books

Price: 6.99  (VAT not chargeable)

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The Japanese South Polar Expedition

The Japanese South Polar Expedition

By Lara Dagnell and Hilary Shibata

The Japanese Antarctic Expedition, 1910-12, under the leadership of army lieutenant Nobu Shirase was the first exploration of Antarctic territory by Japan. After initial scepticism about the expedition, they sailed from Tokyo on 29th November 1910, in Kainan-maru, a vessel only 100 feet in length. They arrived in Wellington on 8th February 191 and three days later departed for the Antarctic

416pp, 8pp colour, 100 photographs and illustrations.

Published: 2011 by The Erskine Press

Price: 35.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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A Narrative of the Life, Travels and Sufferings of Thomas W Smith

A Narrative of the Life, Travels and Sufferings of Thomas W Smith

By Tom Smith

This autobiography contains some of the best first hand accounts of sealing on South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands.

Thomas Smith was born around 1801, under another (yet undetermined) name. At the age of seven or eight he ran away from home, first living with a band of Gypsies and then going to sea on a collier. The rest of his life was at sea. He was serving on naval transports in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars before absconding. He then made four Antarctic sealing voyages, three to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and one to the South Shetland Islands on their discovery. The Falkland Islands were a port of call on the way south.

Subsequently, whaling in the Pacific for sperm whales migrating between South America, New Zealand and Japan, he landed on the Galapagos Islands & Easter Island, and became associated with the revolutionary wars in South America to the east and the Maori conflicts to the west.

Published: 2009 by

Price: 19.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen

By Beau Riffenburgh

Roald Amundsen was a giant in the history of exploration - the most successful of all polar explorers. He participated in the first wintering in the Antarctic, was the first man to navigate the Northwest Passage, became the first person to reach the South Pole, then was the first to attain the North Pole, and finally became the first to cross the Arctic basin. This SPRI booklet overviews the life, expeditions, and remarkable achievements of this accomplished Norwegian explorer.

Published: 2010 by Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England

Price: 7.95  (VAT not chargeable)

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SOUTHERN LIGHTS - The Official Account of the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37

SOUTHERN LIGHTS - The Official Account of the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37

By John Rymill

Southern Lights is the story of the British Graham Land Expedition (BGLE) led by John Rymill. Often described as the last of the heroic Antarctic expeditions, it was the first scientific venture to the southern continent to incorporate the use of modern technologies of communication and transport with traditional polar methods developed in the Arctic. The BGLE set a pattern of living and working in the Antarctic which influenced all the expeditions that followed.

Many of the young men who journeyed south with Rymill on Penola, a three-masted sailing vessel, had gained experience of Arctic exploration under Gino Watkins. Only four of the sixteen men had previous sailing experience, but Rymill had chosen his team well. His account documents their voyage, the establishment of their bases, almost 3 years of work on the Antarctic Peninsula and their developing expertise with aircraft, dog-teams and polar field work, which was to provide a model for successful Antarctic exploration.

Published: 2012 by SPRI in association with UKAHT

Price: 20.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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Towards the South Pole aboard the Francais

Towards the South Pole aboard the Francais

By Jean Baptiste Charcot

The first French expedition to the Antarctic (1903-1905). Translated by A.W. Billinghurst with an introduction by Maurice Raraty. Originally published in French, 12 December 1906 by Ernest Flammarion, Paris, as Le "Francais" au Pole Sud.

Published: 2004 by Bluntisham Books, Huntingdon, England

Price: 45.00  (VAT not chargeable)

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