25 September 2001
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)
South, The story of Shackleton's last expedition 1914-1917. London: The Complete Press for William Heinemann, 1919. 8° (24.8 x 15.5cm.). 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, folding two-colour map at back, occasional illustrations. (Text with light spotting, several clean tears to folding map.) Original blue cloth, upper cover and spine blocked in silver, blind-stamped Heinemann device on lower cover.
Henry and Henrietta Shackleton (presentation inscription 'To Mother and Father/for Christmas/With love from/Ernest/Xmas 1919'), and thence by descent.
AN IMPORTANT COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, SECOND IMPRESSION.
By 1919 Shackleton's father was too ill too continue with his medical practice. His parents still lived in Sydenham but depended on their children and Sir Ernest in particular for financial support and the inscription in this work recalls what was to be their last Christmas together: his father died during the summer of 1920.
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