SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON, and LOUIS B. BERNACCHI (editors).
The South Polar Times. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907. Volumes I and II, 4°. PRESENTATION COPY, the limitation leaves with special presentation copy wording and with the wording 'this copy is No...' omitted. Original blue publisher's cloth, a binding variant without the pictorial onlay and rope border surrounds., the gold lettering of the title 'SOUTH POLAR TIMES' placed in the upper third of the front covers. Provenance: The library of John Murray.
A very rare, unrecorded and fine set of the first two volumes of the South Polar Times. The standard issue of these volumes was printed in 250 copies, for limited circulation. This unrecorded variant may well have been a special issue produced for John Murray by Smith, Elder. Both Murray and Smith, Elder shared the publishing of various Scott's works around this period. This copy is indicative of the close links between the two publishers. It is likely that this publishers presentation copy was issued in very small numbers, certainly less than 5 copies. The volumes are sewn rather than with perfect bindings and have the edges are ungilded rather than gilded. The third volume of the standard set was issued in 1914 in a limitation of 350 copies. The South Polar Times was an exact reproduction of the original which appeared month by month during the winters of 1902 and 1903 with contributions from various members of Scott's expedition. (2)