25 September 2002
JAMES MURRAY (1865-1914) AND GEORGE EDWARD MARSTON (1882-1940)
Antarctic Days Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar life ... introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton. London: Butler & Tanner for Andrew Melrose, 1913. 4° (25.3 x 19cm.). Half-title. 29 black and white plates, illustrations (some full-page), after Marston, Murray, Sir Philip Brocklehurst and others. Original blue cloth, upper cover blocked in blue, spine lettered in gilt.
FIRST EDITION, a very fine copy and 'very scarce' (Rosove). 'I would advise anyone who wants to get to the kernel of the life of the Polar explorer to read the book' (Shackleton). Conrad p.145; Rosove 236.A2; Spence 831.
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