The Heart of the Antarctic and the Antarctic Book

Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907 - 1909. With An Introduction By Hugh Robert Mill, D. Sc. An Account Of The First Journey To The South Magnetic Pole By Professor T.W. Edgeworth David F.R.S. [together with;] The Antarctic Book. Wint

SHACKLETON, Ernest. H.

SIGNED EDITION DE LUXE

SHACKLETON, Ernest. H. The Heart of the Antarctic and the Antarctic Book Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907 - 1909. With An Introduction By Hugh Robert Mill, D. Sc. An Account Of The First Journey To The South Magnetic Pole By Professor T.W. Edgeworth David F.R.S. [together with;] The Antarctic Book. Wint

Heinemann, 1909.

First edition, deluxe issue, number 250 of 300 copies signed in The Atlantic Book by the author and all fifteen other members of the shore party. Three volumes. 4to. Volumes One and Two in the original publisher's white vellum with gilt titles and vignettes. Volume Three, "The Antarctic Book", in publisher's quarter vellum over grey paper boards, in the usual corrected state, where the contents page is without reference to "Aurora Australis". Top edges gilt and others untrimmed, brown silk page markers present. Two tipped-in photogravure frontispieces and twelve tipped-in colour plates after paintings by George Marston, all with captioned tissue guards, four double-page photographic plates, 271 photographic illustrations on 195 plates; diagrams, maps, plans & graphs in the text, including nine full-page. Three folding maps and one folding plate containing two panoramic views in end-pocket of vol. II. The Antarctic Book with four mounted colour portraits from crayon drawings and six original etchings by George Marston. A superb, fine set. The vellum is clean and bright, and contents fresh. There is some trifling wear to the head of the spine of The Antarctic Book, but this is nevertheless an extraordinarily well preserved set of books, seldom found in such nice condition.

An exceptional copy of one of the most beautifully and lavishly produced books in Polar bibliography.
Shackleton's famous account of the Nimrod expedition, which he lead to the South Pole in 1907-09, and in this issue one of the most handsome and impressive of all polar books. The expedition got within some hundred miles of the Pole, whereupon Shackleton gave the quest up famously claiming, "Better a live donkey than a dead lion.", but it established Shackleton as a "bona fide English hero" (Books on Ice). A measure of the regard in which Shackleton was held can be gathered from the quote attributed to Raymond Priestley, who accompanied Shackleton on this and future expeditions, "For scientific leadership, give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get on your knees and pray for Shackleton."
Members of the Expedition whose signatures are present are: Ernest Shackleton, leader of the expedition; Sir Philip Brocklehurst, geologist, and in charge of current observations; Bernard Day, electrician and motor expert; Ernest Joyce, in charge of general stores, dogs, sledges and zoological collections; Dr. A. F. Mackay, surgeon; Dr. Eric Marshall, surgeon, cartographer; G E. Marston, artist; James Murray, biologist; Raymond Priestley, geologist; William Roberts, cook; Frank Wild, in charge of provisions; Aeneas Lionel Acton Mackintosh, second officer; Bertram Armitage ; William C. Roberts, cook; Edgeworth David, geologist; Douglas Mawson, physicist.

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