Press Release: South Polar Times
Written by the members of the Discovery and Terra Nova expeditions
Introduced by Ann Savours
‘Only one copy has been produced and this has been made as complete and perfect as possible under our circumstances, in the hope that the whole thing may be thoroughly well reproduced with all the illustrations when we get home.’
Captain Scott led two expeditions to the Antarctic: on the ship Discovery in 1901–4 and the Terra Nova in 1910–13. He and his men waited out the long months of winter darkness carrying out scientific research and then used the brief summers to explore the uncharted continent. To entertain themselves during those interminable winters, expedition members created a magazine – the South Polar Times. Typed up and illustrated with expedition members’ own text, paintings, sketches and photographs, each issue was read aloud to all hands.
The South Polar Times offers an insight into the daily conditions, tasks and amusements of the expeditionthat is more evocative than any history book or biography and provides an unsurpassed sense of the expedition community, which included personalities such as Scott, Shackleton, Wilson and Cherry-Garrard, as well as scientists and ordinary seamen – all inspired to travel to Antarctica and risk their lives. The magazines contain a mixture of the ‘grave and gay’; serious reports on the weather or fauna interspersed with cartoons, songs and articles that gently poke fun at team members.
Scott’s intention has been fully realised in this painstaking reproduction of all twelve issues of the South Polar Times. The pages are facsimiles from the original journals reproduced to the same dimensions. An introduction by Polar publishing authority, Ann Savours, goes behind the scenes of the magazine, from editorial process to publication, and dwells on the poignancy of the final issue; created by team members fully aware that the absent Scott, Wilson and colleagues had certainly perished. The volume binding replicates a detail from Wilson’s exquisite watercolour from the 1902 South Polar Times cover.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth. 688 pages and 4-page fold-out map. Ribbon marker. Printed slipcase. 11˝ × 8¼˝.
UK £100.00 US $150.00 Can $200.00 Aus $200.00
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