This book is published to coincide with the exhibitions of the Antarctic photography of Herbert Ponting and Douglas Hurley (respectively photographers to Scott's last expedition and Shackleton's Transantarctic expedition) at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. I had forgotten that both expeditions presented the then King (George V) with complete albums of their photographs, but what magnificent photos they are.
Ponting always described himself as a "Camera Artist" and his work fully supports that description, many a modern photographer would do well to study his photographs. Hurley was more of a documentary photographer, and was further handicapped by the disaster that overtook the Expedition and the loss of many of his negatives. Even so, his work that survived is of a sterling quality.
My advice, go to the Exhibition and buy the book, if you are at all interested in photography, you will not be disappointed.