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Every page a delight,
This review is from: Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks (Hardcover)
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.