British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909
Sir Ernest Henry SHACKLETON (1874-1922) & Vice-Admiral Sir George NARES (1831-1915). - A 1p. menu, dated March 15th, 1910, 14.9 x 8.9cm., printed in gold and black, signed twice, 'G.S.Nares/1876/1910' at top and 'E.H. Shackleton' at foot. (Somewhat browned). Provenance: Sir George Nares (1831-1915, by descent).
An extraordinary record of the meeting of between two of the great figures in Polar exploration: the first whose Arctic experience had begun on one of the Franklin Search expeditions in 1852 (as mate aboard the Resolute), the latter who had just achieved the Farthest South (88° 22') in the Antarctic. Their experiences were separated by over 40 years, and almost 180° of latitude. Nares was conservator of the river Mersey from 1896 to 1910, and Shackleton is recorded as having sailed from Liverpool on the Lusitania for America on 19 March 1910, so this meeting may well have taken place in Liverpool.