London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1935. Hardcover. First Edition. 265pp, Condition. Good + Original blue cloth with gilt titling, map endpapers, a very clean copy indeed, Sunning to the spine. Fraying to the edges, corners and spine ends, boards grubby and a litle softened. Hinge cracked but endpapers intact. Previous owner inscription to verso of ffep
44 tinted plates from photos, including frontispiece portrait. 4 folding maps all untorn and in very good + condition.
Lars Christensen was born into a wealthy family and inherited a whaling fleet from his father, Christen Christensen. Endurance, the ship used by Shackleton was originally built for Christensen, who intended to use her for polar cruises for tourists to hunt polar bears. When this did not happen, Christensen sold the ship to Shackleton. Christensen had a deep interest in Antarctica and personally led three expeditions between 1930-1934. He was among the first to use seaplanes for suveying and mapped the coast of East Antarctica, from the Weddell Sea to the Shackleton Ice Shelf.