9 May 2002
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), Louis C. Bernacchi (1876-1940), and Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959), editors
The South Polar Times. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907-1914. 3 volumes, 4° (275 x 210mm). Titles in red and black (vols.I-II), text and title in ochre and blue (vol.III), plates and illustrations, some chromolithographed, after Herbert Ponting, Edward Wilson and others. (Occasional light spotting.) Original blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, the upper covers with gilt lettering and rope-work surrounding centrally-placed inset pictorial cloth panels, g.e. (head and foot of spine of vol.III slightly bumped).
A VERY FINE SET OF THIS CORNERSTONE TO ANY COLLECTION OF PRINTED WORKS ON ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION. Volumes I and II are both from the limited edition of 250 copies, these copies numbered 207. Volume III is from an edition limited to 350 copies, this copy numbered 149. The South Polar Times was an exact reproduction of the original which appeared month by month during the winters of 1902 and 1903, edited by Sir Ernest Shackleton and Louis Bernacchi, with articles, stories, poems and drawings supplied by various members of the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904, and, edited by Cherry-Garrard, with contributions from members of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913. Conrad p.111, 121 & 173; Renard 1433 & 1434; Spence 1094. (3)
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