Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)
Thomas COOK & Son (publishers). - "Unicode" (Cook's Special Edition) The universal telegraphic phrase-book. A Code of Cypher Words for Phrases in use at Home and Abroad in Inland and Foreign Telegrams. London: Cassell & Co. ltd and Thos. Cook & Son, 1909.Small oblong 12 (6.7 x 12cm.) (Light browning to all leaves before pp.xiii, with slight marginal loss.) Original blue cloth, elastic wrap-around restraint (lightly affected by damp).
A 1p. roneo sheet of instructions for use on Scott's British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. (20 x 10.8cm.) Folded and mounted at front of book (browned and holed with loss of a few characters).
Provenance: Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912); by descent.
The code book and instructions appear to have been given to the expedition (or to Scott himself) by their publishers (Smith, Elder & Co.). The instructions include details of Smith, Elder's telegraphic address as well as how Scott is to be addressed. The code takes the form of single words to be used in place of specified sentences, a simple method of saving money.