• Sale 9540

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    10 October 2013, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 81

    SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922), LOUIS C. BERNACCHI (1876-1940), AND APSLEY GEORGE BENET CHERRY-GARRARD (1886-1959), editors

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    SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922), LOUIS C. BERNACCHI (1876-1940), AND APSLEY GEORGE BENET CHERRY-GARRARD (1886-1959), editors

    The South Polar Times. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907-1914. 3 vols 4° (275 x 210mm). Titles in red and black (vols I-II), text and title in ochre and blue (vol. III), plates and illustrations, some chromolithographic, after Herbert Ponting, Edward Wilson and others. (Occasional very light spotting to first or last few leaves.) Original dark blue ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, the upper covers with gilt lettering and rope-work border to inset pictorial panels, gilt-edges, complete with the original publisher's dust-jackets (head and foot of spine of dust-jacket of vol. I neatly repaired with six characters supplied in expert pen facsimile to publisher's name at foot, some light spotting to upper portion of dust-jacket of vol. III). Provenance: Miss Langston (2pp ALS from Capt. Scott to 'Miss Langston', signed and dated, 56 Oakley Street, 31 March: 'It has been decided to reproduce a limited number of copies of the South Polar Times (I think 300)' and suggesting that she writes to Smith, Elder if she wished to subscribe. The letter ends with Scott's thanks for Miss Langston's 'kind remarks concerning the expedition').

    WITH THE EXTREMELY RARE DUST-JACKETS AND AN ACCOMPANYING LETTER FROM CAPT. ROBERT FALCON SCOTT MENTIONING THE WORK. Volumes I and II are numbered 154, of an edition of 250 copies, whilst vol. III is numbered 98, of an edition of 350 copies. The South Polar Times was an exact reproduction of the original which appeared month by month during the winters of 1902 and 1903, edited by Sir Ernest Shackleton and Louis Bernacchi, with articles, stories, poems and drawings supplied by various members of the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904, and, edited by Cherry-Garrard, with contributions from members of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913. Conrad p.111, 121 & 173; Rosove 287.A1 & 291.A2a ('Very scarce. Dust-wrapper rare'); Spence 1094; Taurus 42 & 49. (3)


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