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Autograph manuscript in pencil. 4to. 3pp. Some slight soiling from fingerprints and old folds. In a custom made blue cloth solander box with gilt title. Antarctica, A remarkable survival. George Murray Levick (1876-1956) was appointed surgeon and zoologist on Scott'sTerra Nova expedition. He served as second in command under Victor Campbell on the Northern Party. While the Polar Party made their journey south, the Northern Party was instructed to explore the King Edward VII Land. However, unable to find a suitable point to disembark, they made for the Victoria Land coast. Due to inclement weather and heavy pack ice, theTerra Nova was unable to collect them and so they were forced to winter over at Evans Cove with just four weeks rations, which they immediately supplemented with the penguins and seals they caught. They constructed an igloo on Inexpressible Island, which included a bathroom and a blubber stove. It remains one of the most remarkable feats of survival in the Heroic Age and Levick's skill as a doctor, diplomat and psychologist played a significant role in their survival. Katherine Lambert's account of the Northern Party,Hell with a Capital H(2002), recalls how winter evenings were spent and describes the manuscript we have here: ?After the evening hoosh had been consumed and diarists' work was done, Levick read a chapter or two of a book aloud to the others, recumbent in their bags . A picture is conjured up of the five men listening intently in the darkened cave pierced by pinpricks of light, the two cooks resting their poor sore eyes and Levick straining to make out the words in the fitful gloom . Levick, whose literary bent was to find an outlet in his book on Adelie penguins, started to compose a 'tale of adventure' set 'in the East of the Mediterranean, where a battleship lies at anchor in Voulah Bay, on the coast of Asia Minor'. The two heroes are an impoverished submariner (representing the ratings) and a moustachioed soldier (the officers); a fig tree provides scenery and a beetle rolling a piece of wood uphill an Aesop element. The story owes its setting to Levick's experiences aboard HMS Bulwark, flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet, and their current expedition also puts in an appearance.? Ever busy, it was during this time (1910-12) that Levick gathered the information required to complete his work on the Adelie penguinAntarctic Penguins (1914). Having survived the winter, the Northern Party made their way back overland on September 30. They reached Cape Evans on November 7 where they learned the sad fate of Scott and the Polar Party. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: [Manuscript. Outline of a novel.].
Año de publicación: 1912
Descripción This document is of particular interest for its outline, giving a glimpse into the planning process of a significant writer. It does of course diverge from the final published book. This novel (F&SF October/November 1992; Warner Books, 1993), the first Budrys had published in fifteen years, and a Nebula nominee, tells of the five members of a downed UFO, alien but humanoid in appearance and only slightly advanced technologically over us, as they try to blend into their new environment and survive. ". short but densely compact . The tale, complexly told, conveys a hard dry mature melancholy irony" (SFE online). Budrys was one of the post-World War II writers of SF who sought to bring literary heft and polish to the genre. Fine condition throughout. (#104873). Nº de ref. de la librería 104873