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    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 514

    BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (1910-1913) - EDWARD ADRIAN WILSON (1872-1912)
    A MINIATURE MANUSCRIPT COMMONPLACE BOOK

    1897-1899

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    BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (1910-1913) - EDWARD ADRIAN WILSON (1872-1912)
    A MINIATURE MANUSCRIPT COMMONPLACE BOOK
    1897-1899
    Consisting of twenty-three pages of entries in ink by Wilson, with quotes from Ruskin, Whittier, Knox Little, Archbishop Temple, Hinton and with one entry from Wilson himself, original dark purple roan cover
    2 in. (5 cm.) square


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    Edward Adrian Wilson was part of two British expeditions to Antarctica, the Discovery Expedition (1901-1904) and the Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913), both led by Robert Falcon Scott.
    In this book, Wilson records a number of the guiding principles in his life as well as recalling the day of his engagement to Oriana Souper. The second entry includes a verse by Knox Little, 'One should be kind - for kind words mean a kind heart, & a kind heart means self-discipline - faithful prayer, a stern hand against wrong - a gentleness with weakness, a giving up once & for all of sharp & cruel criticism - so easy - so self pleasing - but so unbecoming. The world will then be cleaner & our own souls will be nearer to God.'

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    Provenance

    Edward Adrian Wilson.
    Passed to his sister, Lilian Rendall
    Thence by descent.
    Christie's, London, 25 September 2001, lot 161.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts