SHACKLETON-ROWETT EXPEDITION, 1921-1922
SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922). South the story of Shackleton's last expedition 1914-1917. london: The Complete Press for William Heinemann, 1920. 8° (248 x 156mm). Half-title. Coloured frontispiece, 84 plates printed recto and verso of 42 leaves, 3 plates recto only of three leaves (one of these double-page), the majority after Frank Hurley or George Marston, one folding two-colour map at back, extra-illustrated with a roneo'd copy of a 1p. typescript (a 16-line parody of Kipling's 'If'), mounted on verso of rear free endpaper, occasional illustrations. (3 1/2 inch tear to plate between pp.66 and 67, plate between pp. 200 and 201 almost detached, plate between pp.240 and 241 holed with loss, the missing sections of the plate adhering to p.240, the large folding map with 10 inch tear just touching image area.) Original blue cloth, upper cover and spine blocked in silver, blind-stamped Heinemann device on the lower cover (light dampstaining, stitching broken, inner hinges split). Provenance: H.J. Lewis (presentation copy, inscribed 'As a slight remembrance/of much help to the "Quest"/To H.J. Lewis' by Shackleton, and signed by him, also signed by the entire crew of the Quest).
FIRST EDITION, FOURTH IMPRESSION. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY recalling the early troubles that Shackleton had with the expedition vessel the Quest. This book was evidently given inscribed and presented in October 1921 to H.J. Lewis, a shipping agent in Lisbon, who would have been heavily involved in the emergency work that was carried out in early October 1921 - the importance of his contribution can be judged by the warm inscription from Shackleton, and the fact that every member of the crew signed (even including Gerald Lysaght who was only ever going as far as Madeira). The expedition left Plymouth sound on Saturday 24th September 1921, but by 2nd October 'the engines ... developed a nasty knock' (Shackleton's Last Voyage p.29), and the Chief Engineer Kerr was insisting the an overhaul was necessary. Shackleton decide to make for Lisbon. 'On October 3rd Kerr had to reduce pressure ... as we were now proceeding slowly along the coast of Portugal ... Just before nightfall ... the pilot came aboard, but decided not to proceed till daybreak ... We were taken by tug up the fast-running Tagus to Lisbon in the early morning, and later the Quest went into dock. the work was entrusted to Messrs. Rawes & Co. ... The source of all the trouble ... proved to be the crank shaft, which was out of alignment ... The high-pressure connecting rod was found to be badly bent. the rigging was also altered and reset up. We did not get away from Lisbon until Tuesday, October 11th.' (op.cit. pp.29-30). Rosove 308.A4.