Towards The South Pole Aboard The "Francais". The First French Expedition To The Antarctic 1903-1905.

By: Charcot Jean-Baptiste

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Book Condition: 247pp, highly decorative boards, hardback, New. A beautifully produced reprint of the original French edition.


The first French expedition to the Antarctic set sail in August 1903 under the command of Jean-Baptiste Charcot. He had sailed the waterways of Europe until, in 1902, he visited Iceland and the Faroes. He reached the Arctic Circle and his taste for polar voyaging was established. On his return he commissioned a vessel to be built - Francais. By this stage, although an amateur, Charcot had become quite well known, though Scott referred to him—with possibly a touch of disparagement—as 'the polar gentleman'. In August 1903 he set sail. Charcot had designed the ship so that each man could have a private space of his own and he was particularly proud of his choice of food and wine and the fact that fresh bread was baked three times a week. His diary reveals a man of culture and sensitivity. He charted new coasts and undertook scientific work. This is a fascinating insight into a totally different style of Antarctic exploration.

Title: Towards The South Pole Aboard The "Francais". The First French Expedition To The Antarctic 1903-1905.

Author Name: Charcot Jean-Baptiste

Categories: Polar,

Edition: 2004 reprint

Publisher: Bluntisham Books / Erskine Press: 2004

ISBN Number: 1852970626

ISBN Number 13: 9781852970628

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: 247pp, highly decorative boards, hardback, New. A beautifully produced reprint of the original French edition.

Seller ID: 70293

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