27 September 2006
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. 8° (253 x 190mm.) Four mounted coloured plates, 33 black and white plates, illustrations, after Marston, Murray, Sir Philip Brocklehurst and others. Original light blue cloth gilt, coloured plate mounted on upper cover, top edge gilt, others uncut (cloth faded, slightly discoloured, plate on upper cover scuffed).
RARE. EDITION DE LUXE, LIMITED TO 280 COPIES. SIGNED BY MURRAY, MARSTON AND SHACKLETON ON HALF-TITLE. As the title suggests this work concentrates, in general, 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 ...'. Conrad p.145; Rosove 236.A1.b ('Very scarce'); Spence 830; Taurus 61.
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