Bloomsbury, 1st ed., 2004. Xxiv + 360 pp., 5 maps & 35 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. On the first day of 1908, the S/S NIMROD set sail on the long voyage to Antarctica, carrying a British expedition led by Ernest Shackleton, determined to be the first man to reach the South Pole. The author tells the extraordinary story of Shackleton’s quest in which he and his team suffered hunger, cruel weather, and unseen crevasses as they struggled on and got within 97 miles of the Pole before even worst conditions forced them back. Based on original research and first-hand accounts, this was a prequel to the ENDURANCE expedition and provided Shackleton with invaluable experience which he put to good use in the future. A very readable and vivid account illustrated with maps and photographs. FINE copy.