Mawson, Douglas, Sir (1882-1958)
The home of the blizzard : being the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911 – 1914 (signed presentation copy)
Illustrated in colour and black and white also with maps. London : William Heinemann, 1915. Two volumes, thick octavo, original gilt-lettered cloth with pictorial inlay (spines dulled, corners bumped and frayed along lower edge of spine, lightly rubbed), top edges gilt, , pp xxx, 349; xiii, 338; extensively illustrated with colour and black and white plates, three folding maps contained in a pocket at rear of volume 2; a good set of one of the great Antarctic journeys.
Presentation set, each volume inscribed ‘Professor Archibald Watson. With kindest regards from Douglas Mawson 1916’.
“Professor Archibald Watson … was born in Tarcutta in New South Wales and in his early years he was guilty of piracy and blackbirding in Fiji. However he was encouraged to study medicine by Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. He was appointed as the first Elder Professor of Anatomy at the newly founded Medical School at the University of Adelaide and continued in this role for 34 years. He left the University chair and travelled extensively, also collecting marine specimens. He died on Thursday Island, unmarried.” – State Library of South Australia https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+6681