23 September 2004
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° (248 x 154mm.) Errata slip tipped onto A1r. Colour-printed photographic frontispiece after Frank Hurley, one folding map, 87 monochrome plates, including 75 after photographs by Hurley [one double-page] and 5 after drawings by George Marston, illustrations. (Some browning to text as usual, light offsetting onto plates, glue mark on I8r and facing plate.) Original dark blue cloth, blocked in silver on upper board and spine, lower board blocked in blind with Heinemann device (extremities and lower board lightly rubbed, boards very slightly bowed). Provenance: 'PRESENTATION COPY' blindstamp on title -- 'To W.S. from R.M.W. 29th September 1924' (inscription on front free endpaper) -- some passages marked in pencil.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. PRESENTATION COPY of 'a classic [account] and one of the finest in the Antarctic literature' (Rosove). For this work, 'Shackleton once again had the writing assistance of Edward Saunders [as with The Heart of the Antarctic]. Shackleton dictated the text to him early in 1917; the final editing was done by Leonard Hussey of the marooned Elephant Island party ... Shackleton derived most of the account from his recollections; he had kept only a rudimentary diary. He based the stories of the marooned Elephant Island party ... and the Ross Sea party ... on diaries and conversations' (Rosove). Conrad p.224; Rosove 308.A1 ('Uncommon'); Spence 1107; Taurus 105 (erroneously describing the binding as blocked in gilt).
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