British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922). - C.R.B. BARRETT. The Trinity House of Deptford Strond. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1893. 4° (25.6 x 19cm.). Title in red and black. Etched frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Original blue cloth, upper cover and spine blocked in gilt. Provenance: Ernest Shackleton (presentation inscription 'Presented to/Mr. E.H.Shackleton/by the/Honourable Corporation of Trinity House,/on the occasion of his admission/as a Younger Brother of the Corporation, 22nd. June, 1909'. Limited edition of 475 copies, this unnumbered.
A reminder of one of the honours conferred on Shackleton shortly after his return from the Nimrod expedition. He reached London on 14 June 1909: 'Two days after his arrival in England he received a letter from the Secretary of Trinity House. The Court of this ancient and distinguished corporation had decided to ask him if he would consent to be elected a Younger Brother of the Corporation, in recognition of 'the very distinguished services which you have rendered to the cause of science and Navigation by your last successful voyage in the "Nimrod" to the Antarctic regions'. This honour, so appropriate to Shackleton, had only been given once before' (M. & J. Fisher, Shackleton, London, 1954, p.263). The present work recalls Shackleton's acceptance of the proposed honour.
S.S. Endurance. - A semi-formal group portrait photograph of Shackleton, officers and visitors, taken on board the Endurance, [London: 1914], 16.4 x 21.5cm. The photograph was taken on the upper deck of the ship with the funnel in the immediate background, and before the addition of the dog kennels which later were to line either side of the deck. (Illustrated on p. 234).
S.Y. Quest. - Two mounted brown-toned machine-print photographs, [London: 1921], one a view from the dockside of the hoisting of the Union Jack aboard the Quest (21.9 x 13.2cm.), the second of the Quest steaming past a liner (14.8 x 21.8cm.), both on their original thin card mounts. (4)