Monday, September 6, 2010
Christie's Exploration and Travel with the Polar Sale Lot 56: Erich Dagobert Von Drygalski
Lot 56: Erich Dagobert Von Drygalski is the complete series of official reports from Drygalski's German Antarctic expedition of 1901-1903. This is a very rare complete set. The volumes about the expedition were put together and published by Drygalski between the years of 1905 and 1931.
The expedition the volumes discuss is often referred to as the Gauss Expedition, which is the name of the expedition's ship. This was the first German expedition to the Antarctic. The expedition's goal was to explore the Antarctic south of the Kerguelen Islands. The expedition discovered Kaiser Wilhelm II Land and a volcano they called Gaussberg. The expedition is also credited with being the first to use a gas balloon in Antarctica.
This lot is being auction off on September 22, 2010 as part of Christie's Exploration and Travel with the Polar Sale. The estimated value is £5,000 - £8,000 ($7,715 - $12,344).