Grann, David. THE WHITE DARKNESS. New York City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents David Grann's "The White Darkness". A patient and insightful exploration of the explorer's mindset of transcendent heroism coupled with near-inhuman obsessiveness, in the person of South Pole conquistador Henry Worsley. "In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home, he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: To walk across Antarctica alone. Tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called the best narrative nonfiction writer working today. A gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for David Grann collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (one day after publication) in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "David Grann 11/1/18". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as copies available online are. It comes with a pristine copy of the lovely 2018 Chicago Humanities Festival Book Souvenir during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and day-after-publication dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. 50-plus photographic plates. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2017 for "Killers of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth of The FBI". One of the most brilliant American writer/journalists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID GRANN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 038554457X. $50.00

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