APSLEY GEORGE BENET CHERRY-GARRARD (1886-1959)
WELLS, Herbert George (1866-1946). The Undying Fire, A Contemporary Novel. London: Cassell and Company Ltd, . 8° (187 x 118mm). Original green blind-stamped cloth (upper hinge and first quire split, spine partially detached). Provenance: A.G.B. Cherry-Garrard (presentation inscription) -- Angela Mathias (1916-2005, widow of Cherry-Garrard; sale, Olivers, Suffolk, 21 March 2002, lot 194, part lot). PRESENTATION COPY inscribed on half-title 'To Cherry Garrard. With warmest thanks for his Penguins from H.G. Wells'.
Phoenix: A Summary of the Inescapable Conditions of World Reorganisation. London: Secker & Warburg, 1942. 8° (184 x 119mm). Original cloth with pink and black printed dust-jacket (dust-jacket worn). Provenance: A.G.B. Cherry-Garrard (ownership inscription) -- Angela Mathias (1916-2005, widow of Cherry-Garrard; sale, Olivers, Suffolk, 21 March 2002, lot 194, part lot). WITH CHERRY-GARRARD'S OWNERSHIP INSCRIPTION 'Apsley Cherry-Garrard Lamer Park Wheathampstead, Herts. [?] 1950 after I sold it in 1947. On page. 145. Wells (who kindly says I am a friend) says the king penguin is extinct. But actually I saved them and Wells helped me. (see the Undying Fire which he wrote). Hughes of Australia took away the licence(?) from the Southern Exp(?) Company).'
CHERRY-GARRARD AND THE CAMPAIGN TO END THE SLAUGHTER OF THE MACQUARIE PENGUINS. Cherry-Garrard was introduced to H.G. Wells shortly before the end of the First World War by their mutual friend, George Bernard Shaw. Cherry-Garrard had launched a tireless campaign to end the slaughter of penguins on Macquarie Island, writing in a letter to The Times, 'The penguin has won a little bit of affection from all of us because he is entirely lovable, and because he snaps his flippers at the worst conditions in the world. If we do not help him now we can never look him straight in the eyes again'. Wells highlighted their plight in The Undying Fire, making reference to Cherry-Garrard, '... One of my old boys came to me a year or so ago on his return from a South Polar expedition; he told me the true story of these birds ... This old boy of mine was in great distress because of a vile traffic that has arisen ... Unless it is stopped, it will destroy these rookeries altogether. These birds are being murdered wholesale for their oil. Parties of men land and club them upon their nests, from which the poor, silly things refuse to stir' (p.99-101). The charming inscriptions here point to the esteem and gratitude that the two friends felt for each other; their efforts contributed to the negative publicity surrounding the issue and the penguin oil refineries were banned in February 1920.
Together with Cherry-Garrard's copy of Wells' The First Men in the Moon (London, 1901) and a presentation copy of Herbert Ponting's In Lotus-Land Japan (London, 1922). (4)