Illustrations (click to enlarge)

Shrouded Figure


As they sail closer to the South Pole, Arthur Gordon Pym and Dirk Peters (the large, halfbreed indian) see a large, shrouded figure of pure white. Nu-Nu was a captured native, forced to come along. This is the last part of the narrative.

March 22d.-The darkness had materially increased, relieved only by the glare of the water thrown back from the white curtain before us. Many gigantic and pallidly white birds flew continuously now from beyond the veil, and their scream was the eternal Tekeli-li! as they retreated from our vision. Hereupon Nu-Nu stirred in the bottom of the boat; but upon touching him we found his spirit departed. And now we rushed into the embraces of the cataract, where a chasm threw itself open to receive us. But there arose in our pathway a shrouded human figure, very far larger in its proportions than any dweller among men. And the hue of the skin of the figure was of the perfect whiteness of the snow.

Jules Verne's map from "An Antarctic Mystery"


While Edgar Allen Poe's story is not suplemented with a map, Jules Verne's sequel does. Of note are Bennet's Isle, and Tsalal, located near the South Pole in what should be land.

Nicholas Roerich paintings

Since Dyer so often refers to Nicholas Roerich's paintings to describe the Mountains of Madness, it's worth to have a look at a few of them. The last one leaves litlle doubt that he read Dyer's report after all.

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