26 - 27 September 2007,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 4,750
SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922)
Autograph letter signed ('E.H. Shackleton') to Charles C. Watson, London, 8 January 1914, 2 pages, 4to, on paper with printed heading of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (minor yellowing and wear to folds).
JUSTIFYING HIS APPROACH ROUTE TO THE POLE: Shackleton's correspondent has challenged his intention to approach the Pole from the Weddell Sea, 'but I understand that the winds on the Weddell Sea area do not blow from the South, but from the East and South-east, giving me a beam wind'; even if the winds do come from the south, he contends that 'it is always better to go from the unknown to the known, where the goal is a seaboard ... I know that from the Pole north to the Ross Sea I have a more or less clear road, whereas beyond the Pole, if moving from the Ross Sea, I might encounter difficulties which would be unsurmountable & my advance would be too far to allow me to turn back'.
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