APSLEY GEORGE BENET CHERRY-GARRARD (1886-1959)
KIPLING, (Joseph) Rudyard (1865-1936). [Works.] Macmillan & Co. and Methuen & Co., 1909. 18 volumes, 8° (172 x 108mm). Uniformly-bound in red roan gilt, gilt edges (worn). Provenance: 'A.G.B. Cherry-Garrard June 15th 1910' (inscription on front free endpapers in his mother's hand) -- Angela Mathias (1916-2005, widow of Cherry-Garrard; sale, Olivers, Suffolk, 21 March 2002, lot 185). WITH CHERRY-GARRARD'S OWNERSHIP INSCRIPTION 'Antarctic. Southern Search Journey. 1912.' on front free endpaper of The Seven Seas.
CHERRY-GARRARD'S FAREWELL GIFT FROM HIS MOTHER, INSCRIBED ON THE DAY THE TERRA NOVA SET SAIL FROM CARDIFF. Cherry was a devoted fan of Kipling and his robust imperial ideas; on his return to Cape Evans from Hut Point, Cherry wrote 'Today has been the greatest fun, fitting up my bunk, fitting up shelves, unpacking my Kiplings...'. Reading was an important recreation to all during the long Antarctic winter, with favourite books being shared amongst the Shore Party. Cherry-Garrard states in The Worst Journey in the World that 'the literature most acceptable to us in ... Winter Quarters, was the best of the more recent novels, such as Barrie, Kipling, Merriman and Maurice Hewlett'. On his return to England in 1913, Cherry sent his well-thumbed copy of Kim, presumably originally from this set, to Kipling with a note, 'I can say quite truthfully that there were no books which we had which were so much used, gave so much food for conversation or more enjoyment'. The Seven Seas, inscribed in pencil by Cherry, was taken by him on the journey to find the lost Polar Party -- in their tent amongst their gear, diaries and final letters, Cherry remarked, 'there was even a book which I had lent Bill for the journey [In Memoriam] -- and he had brought it back', a poignant hint at the value and comfort these works held for the men. (18)