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Before the Heroes Came, Antarctica in the 1890s

Before the Heroes Came, Antarctica in the 1890s

by Tim Baughman

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

This well written account of the pioneering Antarctic encounters stars Carsten Borchgrevnink, who spent the first winter on the continent in 1898 at the hut still standing at Cape Adare, and other early explorers. (ANT105, $16.00)

The Worst Journey in the World

The Worst Journey in the World

by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 573 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Cherry-Garrard's epic midwinter jaunt to an emperor penguin rookery is just a warm-up for the main event: Scott's doomed last expedition. (ANT23, $18.00)

Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife

Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife

by Tony Soper

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Designed for the field, this compact handbook features all the species of birds, seals and whales the traveler is likely to encounter on an Antarctic voyage. (ANT30, $25.99)

Antarctica Map

Antarctica Map

by ITMB

  • 2008
  • MAP

A fold-up map of the continent at a scale of 1:8,000,000 with notes on wildlife and geography. (ANT81, $12.95)

 
Alone on the Ice, The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

Alone on the Ice, The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration


by David Roberts

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The inspiring, at times harrowing, story of Douglas Mawson, leader of the 1913 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, who found himself alone, without provisions and a hundred miles from base camp after his fellow explorers disappeared down a crevasse in the ice. (ANT376, $16.95)

An Empire of Ice

An Empire of Ice


by Edward Larson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Pulitzer Prize-winner Ed Larson restores the status of Scott and Shackleton and the grand expeditions of the heroic age as genuine scientific enterprises, drawing on both archival material and his own travels to the historic huts, South Pole and other iconic places of Antarctic exploration. (ANT337, $16.00)

In Shackleton's Footsteps, A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic

In Shackleton's Footsteps, A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic


by Henry Worsley

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Henry Worsley and other descendents set out from Shackleton's hut at Cape Royd to celebrate the centenary of the 1908 Nimrod expedition, retracing the exact 870-mile route -- and going on to finish the last 97 miles that eluded Shackelton. Team leader Worsley's book explores the history of the original expedition and reasons behind its failure, while capturing the meticulous planning, fundraising and training for the new expedition. (ANT330, $24.95)

Lost Men, The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Expedition

Lost Men, The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Expedition


by Kelly Tyler-Lewis

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

The dramatic tale of Shackleton's support team, stranded at Cape Evans when their ship the Aurora was set adrift in a gale. Tyler-Lewis draws on a rich source of newly discovered journals and diaries, interviews and her own experiences in the Antarctic to bring the story to life. (ANT225, $16.00)

Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott and the Attainment of the South Pole

Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott and the Attainment of the South Pole


by Ross MacPhee

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 245 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

MacPhee includes panoramic maps, never-before-seen photographs of artifacts from Scott's last camp, iconic photographs by Ponting and Hurley, and contemporary accounts of the two celebrated expeditions in this month-by-month and day-by-day look at the two iconic expeditions. (ANT322, $27.95)

Shackleton's Forgotten Men, The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic

Shackleton's Forgotten Men, The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic


by Rt. Hon. Lord Shackleton | Leonard Bickel

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

The tale of Shackleton's team on the Ross Ice Shelf, who completed a 199-day sledge journey under harrowing conditions. (ANT103, $19.95)

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography


by David Hempleman-Adams | Emma Stuart | Sophie Gordon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • NEW

Here in one handsome book are hundreds of haunting photographs by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley, drawn from the albums they created during the two most famous Antarctic explorations. (ANT298, $47.50)

The Last Place on Earth, Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole

The Last Place on Earth, Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole


by Roland Huntford

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • AUDIO CD
  • 576 PAGES

British actor Tim Pigott-Smith reads Huntford's dramatic tale of hardship, technical challenge, political ambition and fortitude, interweaving the expeditions of Scott and Amundsen. Presented on 6 CDs, this abridged version runs 7.5 hours. (ANT303, $34.95)

The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott

The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott


by David Wilson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

This gorgeous book of Scott's own photographs -- fought over, lost and forgotten -- supplemented by maps and incisive commentary, is a significant contribution to Antarctic history. Beautiful too! (ANT343, $35.00)

The Race to the White Continent, Voyages to the Antarctic

The Race to the White Continent, Voyages to the Antarctic


by Alan Gurney

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Gurney captures the fanfare, ego and discovery of 19th-century polar exploration in this compelling narrative of the 1837-1842 Antarctic voyages of Dumont d'Urville, James Clark Ross and Charles Wilkes. (ANT136, $21.95)

Cherry, A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Cherry, A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard


by Sara Wheeler

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 353 PAGES

Wheeler (Terra Incognita) captures the thrill of Victorian polar exploration -- and the anguish of a man haunted by the death of his colleagues on the march back from the pole. (ANT168, $14.95)

Edge of the World: Ross Island, Antarctica

Edge of the World: Ross Island, Antarctica


by Charles Neider

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 461 PAGES

A memorable account of adventures at Ross Island and the South Pole, including Neider's mishap with a helicopter on Mt. Erebus. With a nice selection of detailed maps and black-and-white photographs. (ANT157, $19.95)

End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica

End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

In this fine book, the result of two voyages, Matthiessen captures the magic of polar landscapes and wildlife, along with the camaraderie of a ship-based polar expedition. (ANT190, $15.00)

Slicing the Silence, Voyaging to Antarctica

Slicing the Silence, Voyaging to Antarctica


by Tom Griffiths

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Griffiths, a humanities fellow with the Australian Antarctic Division, weaves anecdote, profile, history, science and adventure into a rich, illuminating portrait of Antarctica. (ANT261, $22.00)

South With the Sun: Roald Amundsen, His Polar Explorations, and the Quest for Discovery

South With the Sun: Roald Amundsen, His Polar Explorations, and the Quest for Discovery


by Lynne Cox

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Inspired by the Norwegian explorer as a child, Cox (Swimming to Antarctica) focuses not on the race to the South Pole but the sweep of Amundsen's polar adventures, Arctic and Antarctic, weaving her own travels with an appreciative biography of the man. (ANT345, $15.95)

Terra Incognita, Travels in Antarctica

Terra Incognita, Travels in Antarctica


by Sara Wheeler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A fine portrait of modern Antarctic scientists (and cooks and truck drivers), Wheeler's book weaves stories of modern adventure with commentary on the heroic age of exploration. A thoroughly enjoyable, anecdotal tribute. (ANT45, $15.00)

The Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen

The Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen


by Stephen Bown

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Bown plumbs newspaper archives, Amundsen's own words and contemporary accounts for this tale of the unusual and hugely accomplished explorer, first to the South Pole, first across both the Northeast and Northwest passages and a pioneer of polar aviation. (ANT369, $17.99)

Antarctica, A Call to Action

Antarctica, A Call to Action


by Sebastian Copeland

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Copeland's collection of striking photographs includes a three-page list of sensible suggestions to protect the planet. (ANT280, $2.00)

Glacier Ice

Glacier Ice


by Austin Post | Edward R. LaChapelle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle's text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the Himalayas. (SCI07, $35.00)

Penguins of the World

Penguins of the World


by Wayne Lynch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

Lynch weaves delightful tales of penguins, their habitats and habits, with hundreds of glorious full-color photographs. (ANT62, $24.95)

Southern Light, Images from Antarctica

Southern Light, Images from Antarctica


by David Neilson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 306 PAGES

Photographer David Neilson has turned his six journeys to the ice over the last 20 years, often with the Australian Antarctic Program (and sometimes lugging a 30-pound large format camera), into a coffee-table tribute to the continent and its wildlife. Includes 130 color and 100 rich black-and-white oversized photographs, gate-folds and double-page spreads that portray the drama and beauty of the Antarctic. (ANT383, $85.00)

The Entire Earth and Sky, Views on Antarctica

The Entire Earth and Sky, Views on Antarctica


by Leslie Carol Roberts

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

Roberts pieces together tales of 19th-century exploration, interviews with scientists, journal excerpts and her own observations and experiences in Antarctica over the last 20 years in these sweet and sparkling essays. (ANT272, $18.95)

The Last Ocean, Antarctica's Ross Sea Project: Saving the Most Pristine Ecosystem on Earth

The Last Ocean, Antarctica's Ross Sea Project: Saving the Most Pristine Ecosystem on Earth


by John Weller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

A spectacular collection of images documenting the pristine beauty of Antarctica's Ross Sea, Weller's book is a visual celebration of a threatened ecosystem and a call to appreciate and protect Antarctica's undamaged wilderness. (ANT389, $50.00)

Vanishing Wilderness of Antarctica

Vanishing Wilderness of Antarctica


by Colin Monteath

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

Featuring 328 dazzling color photographs of the nature, land and icescapes of the seventh continent by naturalist, explorer and mountaineer Monteath. (ANT327, $24.95)

Birds & Mammals of the Antarctic, Subantarctic & Falkland Islands

Birds & Mammals of the Antarctic, Subantarctic & Falkland Islands


by Frank Todd

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 138 PAGES

Compact and comprehensive, this indispensable photo guide by Mr. Penguin himself includes all the hard-to-identify seabirds of Antarctic waters. (ANT213, $29.95)

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


by Mark Carwardine

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species. (FG02, $22.00)

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