Mar. 19th, 2012

Assouline Publishes World's First Waterproof Coffee Table Book

South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910–1913
Photo Courtesy of Assouline
Assouline, the world's most renowned publisher of luxury books on fashion, travel and style, has come out with the world’s first waterproof coffee table tome. South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910–1913, produced in a limited edition of 150 copies priced at $3,000 apiece, features forewords by HRH Prince Albert of Monaco and HRH Princess Anne of Great Britain.

The lavishly illustrated volume documents the daring exploits of Captain Robert F. Scott who became an iconic British hero even though he did not survive his second expedition to the frozen wasteland, thanks in part to Scott’s exceptional diary entries and outstanding photos which were recovered.

The massive handbound book, which stands two feet tall, features a collection of stunning black and white photography from Herbert Ponting alongside entries from Scott’s harrowing personal journal. The waterproof South Pole edition is made entirely of waterproof materials including element-proof paper, nylon thread, a uniquely formulated glue, and a thick resin for the cover.

The book's proceeds are being donated to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, whose mission is to preserve expeditions and the thousands of associated artifacts that survive for the benefit of future generations, and to “inspire people through the values associated with adventure, discovery, and leadership.” Go to to see more.
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