Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)
A typescript review of the English translation of Fridtjof Nansen's In Northern Mists, signed in ink on final page, [no date but circa 1911], 5 pages, 4to.
A glowing review of Nansen's 'magnificent epitome and analysis of all our knowledge and records of the Northern corners of the earth from the earliest times of history'. The work (translated by A.G.Chater) was published in two quarto volumes by Heinemann's in 1911. Nansen (1861-1930) had achieved by this time the status of the elder statesman of modern polar exploration. Shackleton, a fervent admirer of Nansen and his work, writes of the author: 'His great personal achievement, his vast knowledge and long experience combine to make him the ideal man to carry out the task he has set himself, and give the narrative the fullest authority'.
[Various Correspondants]. Seven autograph or typed letters signed, addressed to Sir Ernest Shackleton on matters relating to his public and professional life, 1912-1914.
George CURZON, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925, Viceroy of India, president of the R.G.S.). Autograph letter signed, 1 Carlton House Terrace, Jan.12 1914, 'Dear Sir Ernest Shackleton, I persuaded the Council of the RGS today to vote you £1000 in 2 instalments... Between ourselves it is more than we can afford and though we will adhere to gift if it be required I personally should be greatly relieved if later on you found that you did not want the second instalment', 4 pages, 8vo. Shackleton took the hint and soon after announced that he would only need half of the grant.
Claude GRAHAME-WHITE (1879-1959, pioneer aviator). Typed letter signed, 166 Piccadilly, April 13th, 1912, written in response to a letter from Shackleton, offering him the chance to attend 'our flying meetings and demonstrations at the London Aerodrome' and agreeing to discuss the possible trial and manufacture of 'three or four aeroplane tractors', 1 page, 4to (faded). The DNB write of Grahame-White "His genius as a designer and skill as an aviator place him among the greatest names in the history of flight". (8)