25 September 2002
James MURRAY (1865-1914) and George 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° (254 x 190mm.) Half-title, title in red and black. 4 mounted coloured plates after Marston, 29 leaves of half-tone plates, 18 illustrations, after Marston, Murray, Sir Philip Brocklehurst and others. Original light blue cloth gilt, coloured plate mounted on upper cover within gilt-rule frame 100 x 150mm., top edge gilt (some light soiling, old stain to lower outer corner of upper cover).
J.E. Wightman (bookplate).
RARE. EDITION DE LUXE (ROSOVE VARIANT 'A'), LIMITED TO 280 COPIES, THIS NUMBER 205. SIGNED BY MURRAY, MARSTON AND SHACKLETON ON HALF TITLE. As the title suggests, this work concentrates on the lighter side of expedition life and in so doing casts light on areas that were normally overlooked by the 'official' accounts. As Shackleton writes in his good-humoured introduction 'For the first time an unofficial, and therefore more human document, is presented to the public ... I would advise anyone who wants to get to the kernel of the life of a Polar explorer to read the book'. Rosove notes 4 variants: 'a' with the gilt frame 100mm. high and with the half title; 'b' with the gilt frame 88mm. high and with the half title; 'c' with the gilt frame 100mm. high but no half title; 'd' with 88mm. gilt frame and no half-title. Conrad p.145p; Rosove 236.A1, variant 'a' ('Very scarce'); Spence 830; Taurus 61.
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