The Desolate Antarctic. Admiral Edward Lord MOUNTEVANS, 1880–1957.
The Desolate Antarctic.

The Desolate Antarctic.

London: Lutterworth Press, 1950. [Antarctic exploration] INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION WITH TLS. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.xvi; 172. Publisher's blue cloth, gilt titles to spine, cartographic endpapers, dust-jacket with printed price of 12s. 6d. net. Illustrated with photographic plates. Warmly inscribed by the author to W.G. Whincop to the half title: "To W.G. Whincop M.B.E.. | To whom London owes so much. | With Best Wishes | from His friend | Mountevans | admiral | 1950". With a typed letter signed from Mountevans to Whincop affixed to the verso of the flyleaf. Internally fine, some occasional surface loss to plates, some dustiness and toning to edges. Some damp marking to top and bottom of the binding. Wrapper rather worn and marked with some chipping to edges, damp marking to reverse. Very good. Admiral Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans, 1st Baron Mountevans of Chelsea, KCB DSO (known as 'Teddy' Evans), was a British naval officer and Antarctic explorer. He served as second officer of the Morning – the relief vessel of Scott's first Antarctic expedition in 1901-1904 – and as second-in-command on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1910-1913. Consequently, Evans took on Captain Scott's position as leader after Scott's unfortunate death. Walter George Whincop was Officer-in-charge, Heavy Rescue Service, Stoke Newington and Hackney during the Second World War, ultimately subordinate to Mountevans in his war role as the London Regional Commissioner for Civil Defence and from the tone of the letter evidently appreciated in his work by the latter. Item #54105

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