• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 9540

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    10 October 2013, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 84


    Price Realised  



    The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. London: William Heinemann, 1909. 3 volumes including supplement (The Antarctic Book Winter Quarters 1907-09), 4° (269 x 225mm). Half-title, titles (to vols I & II) in brown and black, plates (4 double-page, 6 etched plates by George Marston, 18 mounted including 16 coloured after George Marston), 1 folding panorama and 3 folding lithographic maps in pocket at back of vol. II, illustrations. (Occasional light spotting to vol. III, the Shore Party signed leaves expertly repaired at gutter in supplement.) Volumes I-II original vellum, volume III original vellum-backed boards, all three spines lettered in gilt, volumes I-II blocked in gilt with a design of two penguins on upper cover, top edges gilt, others uncut (faint rubbing to extremities, tiny patchy of abrasion to upper cover of 'Supplement', hinges splitting in vol. II). Provenance: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (ink signature below portrait frontispiece to vol. I and ALS dated 2 October 1911 presenting the book to:) -- Leopold Albu (letter enclosed in envelope tipped onto front free endpaper of vol. I).

    FIRST EDITION: A PRESENTATION COPY OF THE DELUXE ISSUE, NUMBER 5 OF 300 COPIES signed by all the members of the shore party. This copy with the corrected (2nd state) of the 'Supplement', with 16 signatures (Mackintosh and the 15 members of the shore party) on two pages in the 'Supplement'. Leopold Albu (1861-1938) and his elder brother George (1857-1935) were German Jews who emigrated to South Africa in 1876. Together they founded the General Mining and Finance Corporation, later becoming naturalised British citizens belonging to the wealthy and influential Randlord set. In 1911 Shackleton was busy organising the financing of his Endurance expedition. Presumably this book was a gift to intended to encourage Albu to contribution towards Shackleton's latest project. Conrad p.148; Renard 1446; Rosove 305.A2; Spence 1096; Taurus 57. (3)

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