Mawson's Antarctic Diaries
Edited by Fred Jacka & Eleanor Jacka
Allen & Unwin, University of Adelaide, 1988, colour and b/w photographs, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0043202098
Very Good Condition, ex-library (front flyleaf and half-title page glued together, front end paper missing, front paste-down has sticker residue, repairs to back endpaper/spine area), rubbing and wear to edges, very slight lean, dustjacket has creases and small dents (see photographs)
'Mawson's Antarctic Diaries brings together for the first time all his descriptive writings while in the Antarctic.
An uncensored record of events, they reveal Mawson's innermost thoughts at times of great stress and conflict on ship and on shore, through achievement and failure and joy and tragedy.
There are also many maps, facsimile reproductions from the diaries, daily work rosters, menus and a programme for a humorous opera and poems composed during the long winter nights.
Few realise that Mason was the pioneer of the systematic exploration and study of Antarctica, and that Australia's claim to 40% of the Antarctic is based largely on Mawson's discoveries.'