SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry (1874-1922). 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. (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, t.e.g., others uncut, (vellum very lightly spotted, more so to spines). Provenance: Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer (ink inscription to f.f.e.p. of vol. I and t.l.s. loosely inserted into the supplement).
FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 4 OF 300 COPIES SIGNED BY ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SHORE PARTY. Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962) was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist. He was born at Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, of Icelandic descent. The connections between himself and Shackleton's expedition went further than merely having polar exploration in common. In the t.l.s. included with the present work, Stefansson states that he personally knew Armtage, David, Mackaye, Mawson, Murray, Priestley, Shackleton and Wilde. Stefansson recruited Mackaye and Murray to serve in his ill-fated expedition to explore the regions west of Parry Archipelago 'Mackaye was eventually surgeon and Murray oceanographer of our Karluk (Canadian Arctic Exploration of 1913-18) and both were lost after the sinking of the Karluk in early 1914'. Conrad p.148; Renard 1446; Rosove 305.A2; Spence 1096; Taurus 57. (3)