London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1914. Fourth Edition. Original cloth. Full title: Scott's Last Expedition / In Two Volumes / Volume One being the journals of Captain R.F. Scott R.N. C.V.O.// Volume Two being the reports of the journeys / & the scientific work undertaken by Doctor E.A. Wilson / and the surviving members of the expedition / Arranged by / Leonard Huxley / with a preface by / Sir Clements R. Markham K.C.B., F.R.S. / With Photogravure frontispieces, 6 original sketches in Photogravure by Dr. E.A. Wilson, 18 Coloured Plates (16 from Drawings by Dr. Wilson), 260 Full-Page and smaller illustrations, from photographs taken by Herbert G. Ponting, and other members of the Expedition ; Panoramas and Maps.
Octavo (24.5 x 16.5cm), pp. xxvi, 636, xvi, (2) blank, poem, 534, all illustrations, panoramas and maps as called for. Corners bumped, expertly closed tears to the head and foot of Volume One’s spine, joints a tad worn, foxing to the edges of the text blocks, on some of the maps, and the outside margin of Volume Two p.292, dark smudge on the inner margin of Volume One p.137, the panorama at p.118 of Volume One is a little creased. Good. Item #768
In February 1913 word reached England that Scott and three of his companions had perished on thier return journey from the South Pole. Despite having been beaten to the Pole by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the legend of 'Scott of the Antarctic' began to take hold and the book was an instant bestseller. It went through three editions in 1913 and this, the fourth edition, came out the following year in 1914.
Scott's last diary entry was made on 29 March 1912, and finishes with the following words: 'I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R Scott.
'For God's sake look after our people'.