SIR HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922)
National Phonograph Co. (manufacturers). A wax cylinder record, titled My South Polar Expedition by Lieut. E.H.Shackleton. Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.: National Phonograph co., [recorded: 30 March 1909]. 105mm. long, 55mm. external diameter. Contained within original paper-covered cardboard tube with cover, titled "Edison Amberol Record".
A VERY RARE FOUR MINUTE RECORDING OF SHACKLETON'S VOICE. Recorded in New Zealand, a week after his return to civilisation, he summarises the achievements of the expedition "We reached a point within 97 geographical miles of the South Pole; the only thing that stopped us from reaching the actual point was the lack of 50lbs. of food. Another party reached, for the first time, the South Magnetic Pole; another party reached the summit of a great active volcano, Mount Erebus. We made many interesting geological and scientific discoveries and had many narrow escapes throughout the whole time". He then goes on to describe "A typical narrow escape": A pony laden with stores was lost down a crevasse when an ice-bridge, that had just been used by the whole party, collapsed behind them. The loss of the pony meant that its load had to be man-hauled in relay severely curtailing the distances travelled. Shackleton apparently made a second recording in 1910 which was issued on a double-sided '78', the flip-side a recording of Peary describing his expedition to the North Pole. The lot is sold with a modern transcript of the recording.