23 September 2004
JAMES MURRAY 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° (253 x 190mm). 4 mounted coloured plates, 33 black and white plates, illustrations, after Marston, Murray, Sir Philip Brocklehurst and others. (Some light spotting.) Original light blue cloth gilt, coloured plate mounted on upper cover, t.e.g. (some soiling, most obviously to spine).
RARE. EDITION DE LUXE Rosove's variant 'c', LIMITED TO 280 COPIES, this number 2. Signed by Murray, Marston and Shackleton on limitation leaf. 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 more '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 the Polar explorer to read the book.' Conrad p,145; Rosove 236Ai.c ('Very scarce'); Spence 830.
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