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Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks [Hardcover]

David M. Wilson , Christopher Wilson , Nicholas Reardon , Edward Wilson
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1 Sep 2011
Dr. Edward A. Wilson (1872-1912) is widely regarded as one of the finest artists ever to have worked in the Antarctic. Sailing with Captain Scott aboard 'Discovery' (1901-1904), he became the last in a long tradition of 'exploration artists' from an age when pencil and water-colour were the main methods of producing accurate scientific records of new lands and animal species. He combined scientific, topographical and landscape techniques to produce accurate and beautiful images of the last unknown continent. Such was the strength of his work that it also helped to found the tradition of modern wildlife painting. In particular Wilson captured the essence of the flight and motion of Southern Ocean sea-birds on paper. Returning with Captain Scott aboard 'Terra Nova' (1910-1913) as Chief of Scientific Staff, he continued to record the continent and its wildlife with extraordinary deftness. Chosen to accompany Captain Scott to the South Pole, his last drawings are from one of the most famous epic journeys in exploration history. Along with his scientific work, Wilson's pencil recorded the finding of Roald Amundsen's tent at the South Pole by Captain Scott. Wilson died, along with the other members of the British Pole Party, during the return journey, in March 1912. Many of the images in this book are rarely seen or are previously unpublished. The drawings and paintings were created at considerable personal cost in the freezing conditions in which Wilson worked. He often suffered severely from the cold whilst sketching and also from snow-blindness, or sunburn of the eye. They provide a remarkable testament to one of the great figures of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. The book has been produced as a companion volume to 'Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks' by two of Wilson's great nephews, to mark the centenary of his death.

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Reardon Publishing; 2011 Updated Edition edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874192510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874192510
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 30.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. David M. Wilson, PhD. (Essex), FZS, was born in 1963. Having an early career in the theatre, he moved on to study at the United World College of the Pacific and the Universities of York and Essex, where he trained as a philosopher. He is also a trained Counsellor. With a strong interest in Aboriginal cultures, he also has a wide range of ornithological and natural history interests. These have led to ten years of working on Expedition cruise ships, where he is in increasing demand both as an ornithological field guide and as an historian. He boasts numerous explorers and ornithologists on his family tree, which add a uniquely personal flavour to many of his talks. Not least amongst these is his great uncle, Dr Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his party on their return from the South Pole in 1912. David spends much of his time working to promote our historic Antarctic heritage and is recently retired as Chairman of the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK. He is also the producer of several books (Cheltenham in Antarctica: the Life of Edward Wilson, Reardon Publishing, 2000; Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition, Reardon Publishing 2001; and Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks, Reardon Publishing 2004) and has also produced a CD of historic Antarctic expedition songs and poems (The Songs of the 'Morning': a musical sketch, Reardon Publishing 2002). All the royalties from these works are donated to support Antarctic heritage projects.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Author Christopher J. Wilson Dip Eco (Cork), FZS is the great nephew of Dr Edward A. Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his party on their return from the South Pole in 1912. He is widely travelled, having spent time on all the continents of the world and has completed eight full seasons in Antarctica having first travelled to that Continent in 1999 on the Antarctic Circumnavigation. Born in the UK, he was educated in both UK and Africa, was a London policeman for 16 years and moved to Ireland in 1981. He completed a Field Ecology Diploma at University College Cork in the mid 1990s. Currently he is self employed as an Environmental Consultant based in County Wexford, Ireland specialising in field survey work (particularly birds). A highly respected ornithologist with over thirty-five years of bird ringing experience, in Ireland, UK and Australia, he includes in his scientific accolades the organisation of staff and volunteers in numerous ornithological surveys of national and international importance. Before taking early retirement in 2007, Christopher worked for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, for 16 years, serving as warden of Ireland's premier wildfowl reserve, 'Wexford Wildfowl Reserve'. He regularly contributes to a wide number of wildlife magazines, makes radio and television programs and featured in a half-hour television wildlife documentary on his work as a wildlife warden. He is an accomplished photographer contributing to numerous wildlife books. His own publications include: 'High Skies - Low Lands, An Anthology of The Wexford Slobs and Harbour' (1996); 'Wildfile - A Guide to Irish Wildlife' (1997); 'Wildlife Quiz and Amazing Facts Book' (1999)- with a second edition (2002); 'Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks' - published in November 2004 and 'The Lepidoptera of County Wexford' (2009). Christopher lectures extensively on birds and wildlife and is the current chair of the Wexford Naturalists' Field Club. He states that his personal motto of "Birds are my Passion, Wildlife my Nature" actively describes his interest, love and passion for our environment and its biodiversity.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every page a delight 6 Jan 2012
The book makes an excellent companion in pictures to the tales of Scott's expeditions and is a thing of pleasure for itself - which can be recommended to anyone who recognises the beauty of the Polar Regions.

The story behind the book is that a few years ago, brothers David and Chris Wilson did a book on their Great Uncle's non-Antarctic artwork (Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks (Antarctic). Given Edward Wilson was one of Scott's closest companions they thought that everyone was already familiar with his Antarctic artworks. Well, it turns out that even they have been surprised by how much material there is. (The introduction says "even now, we are very concious of all the images that we have left out".)

This book is over 180 pages of wonderful images - even the copyright pages at the back are scattered with sketches and paintings. Wilson was already an accomplished artist when he went to the Antarctic on Captain Scott's first expedition, and provided scientific, geographic and just plain spectacular images of the new, icy world being discovered. There are sketches and paintings of the Emperor Penguins as he untangled their breeding biology, drawings of new coastlines, of the long winter nights and new spring dawns, of albatrosses and of the explorers' activities in camp and on the march. Altogether, the book covers both Scott's expeditions, right up to their journey back from the South Pole.

From tiny rough drawings to full page plates, this book has plenty to catch the eye at every turn of the page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars edward wilsons antarctic notebooks 11 Feb 2012
for anyone whose interested in antarctica golden age then this is the book we have all been waiting for.
wonderful paintings by the truly gifted artist edward wilson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 24 Dec 2012
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An outstanding, beautifully produced, informative book. I thoroughly recommend it- for both history and nature buffs alike. To read through, or dip in, and to impress on coffee tables.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks 1 Jan 2013
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A beautiful book and well worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for polar exploration enthusiasts 12 Jan 2012
By Martin L. Davis II - Published on Amazon.com
With a few essential pages describing history from the life of Edward Wilson, two of his nephews have collected a representative sample of sketches, drawings and watercolors and reproduced them for posterity. Wilson made journeys to Antarctica in the early 1900's to view and record nature and wildlife during a time when photography was just coming into use. He remains, then, perhaps one of the last true artists to have recorded the south pole nature in detail. Wilson died during a return from the south pole with the ill-fated Scott Expedition.

The book is a coffee-table sized volume, with very heavy paper and excellent reproductions of exquisite watercolor paintings and drawings. Essentially a book of art, it seeks to keep alive the legacy of Edward Wilson and preserve the delicate and fragile watercolors that show the subtle colors and shading of light in a land of the midnight sun. While this is a niche genre, it is a must for anyone who is a student of the polar regions and the age of exploration at the turn of the century.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars David Wilson's 22 Mar 2014
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The artworks are so detailed and exact. The history of the exposition that he was on when he drew these is fascinating and makes his work that much more exciting
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