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SCOTT, Robert Falcon (1868-1912). Scott's pocket diary for 1910, an 'Army & Navy Thin Pocket Diary', ownership inscription on title ('Captain Robert F. Scott. RN &c 36-38 Victoria St. Westminster SW'), brief entries in pen and pencil for c.116 days between 4 December 1909 and 12 July 1910, addresses and lists of names on concluding leaves, a typed leaf 'Approximate Programme of "Terra Nova's" movements' ('Leave London June 1st ... Leave Lyttelton Novr. 15th'), with four autograph emendations, inserted in pocket inside upper cover, small 8vo (122 x 90mm), green roan; [with] a gentleman's wallet, exterior black leather, lining tan leather, stamped on upper cover with initials 'R.S.', silver corner-pieces (tarnished, scuffed), visiting card of Viscount Knutsford loosely inserted, inscribed 'This book [sic] belonged to Capt Scott of S. Polar fame & was given to me by his son Peter'; [and] a portrait print of Scott, n.d. [after 1912], copyright Maull & Fox, 187 Piccadilly, facsimile signature, 497 x 359mm (soiled). Provenance: Robert Falcon Scott, and thence by descent to the present owner. Scott's pocket diary for his last months in England offers a vivid, though elliptical, insight into the frantic pace of preparations for the Terra Nova expedition, with which almost all the entries are in some way concerned. The earliest, for 4 December 1909, notes 'Interview Drs Wilson & Atkinson'; on 20 December, 'Wilson with Candidates'; other appointments as the months go by include practical meetings at the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, the Admiralty and the R.G.S.; his departure for Norway is noted on 26 February, where on 1 March he is to 'Go to furs people & sledges'. Many of the entries reflect Scott's preoccupation with the financing of the expedition, which takes him on tours to Middlesbrough, Manchester, Liverpool and elsewhere, and the necessary round of dinners, lectures and press calls. As the date of the expedition's departure approaches, on 27 April he notes 'Medical Exam: for Officers', on 7 May 'Ship including experiments' and on 26 May 'Huntley & Palmers Directors visit Ship'; on 7 June he notes 'Leave for Cardiff'. Amongst the last entries are a series of valedictory audiences: 25 June 'Audience Queen Alexandra', 5 July '11.0 Audience H.M. The King' and 12 July 'Prime Minister'(?). Among the concluding memoranda are a few notes of addresses of expedition members, suppliers and others, and scattered memoranda, including 'send Wilson "Scurvy"' and the poignant 'After the expedition a list of firms whose goods were taken and were found to be thoroughly satisfactory will be published'. Scott left England for the last time on 16 July, rejoining the Terra Nova in Cape Town. (3)

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