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on 6 January 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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on 11 February 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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on 24 December 2012
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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on 26 April 2016
A wonderful book linger over,especially after visiting Antartica.... EA Wilson was such an exceptional man and combined so many qualities that it's difficult to decide what to admire most - the fabulous watercolours of the subtlety coloured Antartic landscapes ,or charming and technically correct wildlife, or those pictures connected to his extraordinary polar journeys. It says a lot about the man that he was able to do a cartoon of the traumatic climax of the "Worst Journey in the World " ..... I just loved the book and will treasure it .
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on 13 February 2015
Possibly the single most beautiful book I have ever owned and testament to an extraordinary man and British hero who seems to barely warrant a mention these days
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on 1 January 2013
A beautiful book and well worth buying
i WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN tHE Antarctic or nature
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on 23 February 2015
What notebooks - a really beautiful book and highly recommended!
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