National Geographic : 1905 Jul
5he NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION " The South Polar Times" DURING the Antarctic winter of 1902 and 1903, the officers of the National Antarctic Expedition on board the Discovery, among other diversions wherewith to lighten the long and dreary darkness, brought out at monthly intervals a periodical to which they gave the name of "The South Polar Times." The contents of " The South Polar Times " range over a wide field, grave and gay, scientific and humorous, prose and poetry. It contains a diary of the events of each month, a record of the proceedings of the local Debating Society, a monthly acrostic, humorous notes, besides articles of a more solid nature, as well as stories, sketches of various kinds, and poems of a standard considerably above the average. But perhaps the most striking feature about " The South Polar Times" is the numerous artistic productions disseminated throughout the volumes, both in colour and in black and white. The coloured sketches by Dr. Wilson, of the animal life in this remote part of the Antarctic region, in artistic quality and in faithfulness to Nature would be difficult to surpass. The coloured sketches of penguin life in the text are of exquisite delicacy,while many of the black and white sketches are masterpieces in their way, not only in drawing but often in humour. Another striking feature is the silhouettes of different members of the staff, while the coloured caricatures of the officers and scientific mem bers of the Expedition, by the youngest officer on board, would do credit to the artists of ''Vanity Fair.' But no amount of description could convey anything like an adequate idea of the many features which characterize this unique production. The eight volumes cover something like 500 quarto pages, scarcely one of which is without its illustration, coloured or uncoloured, in the text or as a separate plate, illustrating life on board, portraits, caricatures, interiors, scenery, animal life, plant life, instruments, flags, coats-of arms, sledging, sport, and many other things. " The South Polar Times" is beautifully typewritten on one side of the page. If there are subscribers sufficient to cover the expense, it is proposed to issue a limited number of copies in special binding in two, three, or four handsome quarto volumes (as is found most convenient), repro ducing the original, typewriting and illustrations, both coloured and black and white, in absolute facsimile. The price will be five guineas. For full prospectus, with table of contents and three specimen plates, one coloured, apply to THE SECRETARY, " South Polar Times," I Savile Row, London, W.