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Catalogue 43 Exploration And Travel #10327

Shackleton (Henry Ernest)

THE HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC (Limited first edition signed Shackleton and all the members of the shore party)

Being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. 3 volumes

Published: London, 1909

Stock Number: #10327

Price: R270,000


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First edition: volume 1: xxxviii, 372 pages, volume 11: xv, 419 pages, half title pages and frontispieces in both volumes, 12 tipped-in coloured plates with captions on tissue guards, and 193 full page monochrome plates in volumes I and II, one panorama and 3 folding maps in a pocket at end of volume II, 4 coloured portraits and 6 etchings in volume III, numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text, volumes I - II are bound in vellum with gilt vignettes of penguins on the upper covers and titled gilt on the spines, the upper vellum cover of volume 1 is water stained - as are the margins of several pages of text, the spine of volume 2 is damaged and has been expertly restored, the top edges are gilt and the others uncut, light foxing on the page edges, a very good set. Together with: THE ANTARCTIC BOOK WINTER QUARTERS 1907 – 1908. The signatures of the Antarctic expedition are on 2 front free endpapers of this volume, 4 tipped in coloured portraits and 6 etchings, rebound in brown paper covered boards with a vellum spine, top edge gilt, fore edge and bottom edge uncut, a very good copy. The Limitation in volume 1 reads: This edition, limited to three hundred copies, contains in addition to the text and illustrations of the ordinary edition, the signatures of every member of the shore party, and special contributions written and drawn by different members of the Expedition during the Antarctic winter. No 180

Ernest Shackleton, in full Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, (born February 15, 1874, Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland—died January 5, 1922, Grytviken, South Georgia), Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who attempted to reach the South Pole. Educated at Dulwich College (1887–90), Shackleton entered the mercantile marine service in 1890 and became a sublieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve in 1901. He joined Capt. Robert Falcon Scott’s British National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition (1901–04) as third lieutenant and took part, with Scott and Edward Wilson, in the sledge journey over the Ross Ice Shelf when latitude 82°16?33? S was reached. His health suffered, and he was removed from duty and sent home on the supply ship Morning in March 1903. In January 1908 he returned to Antarctica as leader of the British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition (1907–09). The expedition, prevented by ice from reaching the intended base site in Edward VII Peninsula, wintered on Ross Island, McMurdo Sound. A sledging party, led by Shackleton, reached within 97 nautical miles (112 statute miles or 180 km) of the South Pole, and another, under T.W. Edgeworth David, reached the area of the south magnetic pole. Victoria Land plateau was claimed for the British crown, and the expedition was responsible for the first ascent of Mount Erebus. The sledging party returned to the base camp in late February 1909, but they discovered that the Nimrod had set sail some two days earlier. Shackleton and his party set fire to the camp to signal the ship, which received the signal and returned to the camp a few days later, successfully retrieving them. On his return to England, Shackleton was knighted and was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.