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    Shackleton's "South"
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Feb 28, 21:21 -0000

    Shackleton's attempt at a transpolar crossing in 1915-16, written up in his
    book "South", has been much discussed on the list recently.
    
    It has brought home to me the defects in my paperback copy of "South",
    published by Century publishing, London, 1983. This appears to have the full
    text, as far as I can tell, including appendices, 368 pages, but none of
    Hurley's photos, and no map.
    
    Hoping to put that right, I've just bought, quite cheaply, an older hardback
    copy, published in 1936 by Heinemann (who produced the original edition in
    1919, now extremely expensive), because it had the Hurley photos. Which it
    does, 32 of them, but it turns out when you get into it that this is a
    reprint of the "new abridged edition, 1922"; not what I wanted at all, with
    only 202 pages of much-shortened text, no appendices.
    
    Being long out of copyright, South" is now available from many different
    publishers, but the trouble with searching for a more-complete version is
    that it's hard to tell what it's a reprint of, before it arrives.
    
    But an early full-text version is digitised on Project Gutenberg, and this
    tells me that there were over 70 plates with it. That's what I would like to
    obtain, without breaking the bank for it. I would be quite happy with a
    paperback version, provided it is complete, and the photos have been
    decently reproduced.
    
    A promising candidate seems to be "South: The Story of Shackleton's Last
    Expedition in the Antarctic", a paperback published in the US by the Lyons
    Press in 1998, which claims to offer "70 photos & line drawings" ISBN
    9781558217836 , which I can buy cheaply.  I wonder if any Navlist member
    happens to have a copy, and can recommend it or otherwise. Or alternatively,
    any other version that appears to be complete.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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