SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922)
The Heart of the Antarctic being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 by E.H. Shackleton ... with an introduction by Hugh Robert Mill ... an account of the first journey to the Magnetic South Pole by Professor T.W. Edgeworth David. London: Ballantyne & Co. Limited for William Heinemann, 1909. 3 volumes (including the supplement The Antarctic Book Winter Quarters), 4° (268 x 218mm). Half-titles. Titles (to vols I & II) in brown and black. Plates (4 double-page, 6 etched plates by George Marston, 18 mounted including 16 coloured after George Marston), 1 folding panorama and 3 folding lithographic maps in pocket at back of vol.II, illustrations. (Occasional light spotting.) Original vellum (vols I & II) and vellum-backed boards (supplement), covers of vols I & II blocked in gilt with the two penguins device, spines of all three volumes lettered in gilt, t.e.g. (very light soiling). Provenance: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (presentation inscription in vol.I to:)--Frank H. Houlder ('To Frank H. Houlder from/Ernest Shackleton as a/slight token of appreciation/for his sympathy towards/the new Expedition/August 1914', Houlder's signature and the date in the other two volumes), and given by his widow to Tom P. Jones, Rio Secco, and thence by descent to the present owner, his daughter.
A FINE PRESENTATION COPY OF THE LIMITED EDITION, NUMBER 205 OF 300 COPIES, this copy with the corrected (2nd state) of the 'Supplement', with 16 signatures (Mackintosh and the 15 members of the shore party) on two pages in the 'Supplement'. 'At the end of March , when Shackleton had reached New Zealand from the Antarctic, he knew only too well that the book of the expedition would have to be written in a rush ... To meet his deadline ... Shackleton needed an amanuensis. Edward Saunders, a reporter on the Lyttelton Times, at Christchurch, was recommended; by Sir Joseph Ward, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, no less. Shackleton asked Saunders to travel with him to England and work for £10 a week, all expenses, and return passage paid. Saunders jumped at the offer ... [He] was not an ordinary ghost writer, however ... He was a Boswell looking for a Johnson ... Shackleton wanted Saunders' name on the title page, but Saunders refused. The book, as he afterwards said, "should stand without any attempt being made to explain just how [it was] produced"' (R. Huntford, Shackleton, London: 1996, pp.317-319).
Conrad p.148; Renard 1446; Rosove 305.A2; Spence 1096; Taurus 57. (4) (3)