The Crossing of Antarctica (Signed copy)
Signed by the expedition's Medical Officer Allan Rogers, and with a letter signed by Eleanor Honnywill from the expedition HQ
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 23 × 14.5cm, xv , 338pp.
This copy has been signed firstly to the ffep by Dr Allan Rogers, the expedition's Medical Officer, and secondly this copy has a typed letter signed pasted in to the back of the book from the expedition headquarters. It has been signed by Eleanor Honnywill. She had been secretary to the 1955–1958 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, based in the expedition's London headquarters. In 1958 she moved to FIDS as personal assistant to Vivian Fuchs when he took up the directorship, and worked with him on the expedition's papers and his Of Ice and Men. Honnywill Peak in the Shackleton Range in Antarctica is named for her, and she wrote a history of Antarctic exploration (The Challenge of Antarctica).
A detailed account of the first full crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole by the Commonwealth Expedition. This crossing was completed on March 2, 1958, when two groups, one traveling south from Shackleton Base under Dr. Fuchs' direction and the other traveling north from Ross Island under Sir Edmund Hillary's direction, met at Scott Base.
The book is in good solid shape but is foxed to the page edges and has a musty odour. The dustwrapper is in good condition, with a little marking to the front cover. It has not been price-clipped and is now in a protective sleeve.