[ANTARCTICA]. SALGARI, Emilio (author). J. FARGEAU (translator). CAZENOVE et FONTANEZ (illustrators). Au Pôle Sud A Bicyclette.

Paris; Librairie Ch. Delagrave. [1900].


Royal 8vo. Publisher's teal cloth extravagantly blocked in brown, red, black, white, and gilt to spine and upper board, peacock device in blind to cover, bevelled edges, all edges gilt, blue endpapers; pp. [iv] + 240; with engraved illustrations throughout in profusion; an attractive copy with dulling, and some general loss of gilt blocking, to covers and slight bruising, and chafing, to spine ends and corner tips; internally very good indeed with sound hinges, foxing to free endpapers, uniform toning to stock, and occasional scattered foxing (largely confined to one opening and one fore-edge margin).

First French edition: first published in Italian as Al Pole Australe in Velocipede (1895). Following a challenge an American and an Englishman set sale from Baltimore to Antarctica with the intention of covering the distance between the base of the Antarctic Peninsula to the South Pole on an eight-wheeled "triplet" bicycle. Interestingly the cover design centres around a polar bear which, as everyone knows, is only to be found at the North Pole.