25 September 2002
SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922)
The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition London: [printed for private circulation], Offices: 4 New Burlington Street, [no date, but 1914]. 4° (282 x 215mm.) Printed in red and black. Mounted frontispiece and 1 plate. Original brown thin-card wrappers, title label in red and black mounted on upper cover.
A FINE COPY OF THIS RARE EPHEMERAL ITEM. In this beautifully produced 30-page pamphlet Shackleton sets out the final aims of the expedition. From internal evidence it would appear that it was published some time after 4 May 1914: this was the date of the government's announcement of its grant of £10,000 towards the cost of the expedition, a grant that is acknowledged in the text. In the first part of the pamphlet, Shackleton lays out the aims of the expedition and gives some details of the main personnel. The second part is made up of 'Expert Views' (quotes from 'Polar and geographical experts' including Amundsen, Peary, Nansen, Bruce, Charcot, Nordenskjöld and others), and 'Tributes from the Press' ('The Press ... has voiced the interest and enthusiasm of the whole Empire'). Conrad p.224 (gives date as 1913); Spence 1106.
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