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 chromolithographic, after Herbert Ponting, Edward Wilson and others. (Frontispiece and half-title of vol.III detached.) 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 small splits and chips, spine of vol.II bumped at head and foot, small neatly repaired hole to head of spine of vol.III), contained within three modern cloth slipcases.
[Sir Ernest Henry SHACKLETON(?)] A 1p. letterpress prospectus with drop-head title 'The National Antarctic Expedition. "The South Polar Times"', [London: 1907 (?)]. 1 page (233 x 157mm.).
A FINE SET OF THIS CORNERSTONE TO ANY COLLECTION OF PRINTED WORKS ON ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION, WITH A RARE PROSPECTUS SHEET. Volumes I and II are both from the limited edition of 250 copies, these copies numbered 19. Volume III is from an edition limited to 350 copies, this copy numbered 16. 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. Spence mentions three versions of the prospectus (nos. 1090, 1091 and 1093), but the present example does not seem to correspond to any of them. The present example can probably be dated to circa 1907 as the final paragraph mentions that a 'full prospectus, with table of contents and three specimen plates, one coloured' was available. The availability of the plates suggests that it was issued close to the date of publication of the first two volumes. Conrad p.111, 121 & 173; Rosove 287.A1 & 291.A2a 'Very scarce'; Spence 1094; Taurus 42 & 49. (3)