Parkville, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 5.5 x 8.5 in., pp. xvi + 292. Illustrated with frontispiece and twenty-four additional black and white photographs and six maps. Inscribed, signed and dated by author John King Davis on front free endpaper. Olive-green cloth boards with silver title to spine. Light rubbing to extremities. Sunning to bottom of spine. Light rubbing to edges of dustjacket. Light soiling to rear panel of dustjacket. Very Good Plus / Very Good. Item #85771
Author inscription reads: "Miss Marian Cuttle wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year John K Davis Xmas 1963".
"John King Davis was born in London in 1884. He was educated at London and Burford Grammar School in Oxfordshire and at the age of sixteen he signed on as an apprentice in the Liverpool sailing ship Celtic Chief.
Davis joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton), as chief officer of Nimrod and received his first command when he succeeded Frederick Pryce Evans as captain on the return voyage. He was then invited to serve as second in command on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 (leader Douglas Mawson), and was captain of the expedition ship Aurora. On this expedition he made three summer voyages of relief and exploration as well as oceanographic cruises between Tasmania and East Antarctica.
After becoming involved in the First World War, Davis led the British Relief Expedition, 1917, organized to rescue the survivors of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Ross Sea Party], 1914-1917 (Captains Mackintosh and Stenhouse). In 1920, he became the Director of Navigation for the Commonwealth of Australia and held this post until 1949.
His distinguished career also included a period from 1929 to 1930 as captain of Discovery and second in command during the first summer of the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition, 1929-1931. He died in Australia on 7 May 1967." (from JISC Archives, UK).