A Life Given to the Antarctic


EM Suzyumov.

Douglas Mawson—Antarctic Explorer.


EM Suzyumov, A Life Given to the Antarctic: Douglas Mawson—Antarctic Explorer , authorized translation by Tina Tupikina-Glaessner (Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1969). First Edition in English (first published by State Publishing House of Geographical Literature, Moscow 1960), small octavo, 21.3 x 14.2 cm, x+61 pp., frontispiece b/w photograph of Douglas Mawson above his signature, Translator’s Acknowledgments, List of Illustrations, Introductory Note by Libraries Board of South Australia, Text, 2 foldout maps, References. Hard cover, light grey binding with gilt title on spine, three colour dust jacket.

Condition: Near fine.

Dr EM Suzyumov was a leading personality in the planning and directing of marine expeditions undertaken by the USSR Academy of Science. He took part in the first Soviet Antarctic Expedition (1955-57) to establish the Mirny base, complete scientific observations and reconnoitre sites for the inland bases Vostok and Sovetskaya. Suzyumov left from the Baltic seaport Kaliningrad on the Expedition’s flagship, the icebreaker RV Ob, which reached Adelaide from the Antarctic in April 1956.

In this short but absorbing and comprehensive biography, Suzyumov describes the meeting of Russian scientists and sailors with Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958), the famous Australian Antarctic explorer, geologist and academic. Mawson was a key expedition leader in the iconic age of Antarctic exploration. Dr Suzyumov pays a sincere tribute to Mawson’s outstanding scientific work and personality, writing that “it would have been more just if some of the vast areas of the Antarctic coast discovered by Mawson bore the name of their first discoverer—Douglas Mawson. He rightly deserved this”.

Lady Mawson encouraged the translator, Tina Tupikina-Glaessner, in her work, which was critically read by Professor MF Glaessner, Department of Geology, University of Adelaide, among others. For her translation, Tina Tupikina-Glaessner pursued research at the Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.