DEBENHAM (FRANK) and ROBERT FALCON SCOTT An album of approximately 30 images, the majority from one or other of the cameras taken as far as the top of the Beardmore Glacier or at other times during the expedition by Frank Debenham, all with with pencilled captions on the verso in the hand of Frank Debenham, gelatin silver prints, images approximately 120 x 170mm., oblong 8vo photograph album, [mostly 1911-12]--DEBENHAM (FRANK) In the Antarctic. Stories of Scott's Last Expedition, FIRST EDITION, inscribed by Debenham for Barbara Ann Hopkins (Xmas 1952), John Murray, 1952--Scott's Last Expedition, the half-title signed by surviving expedition members Mountevans, Debenham, Raymond Priestley, George Murray Levick and with cut signature of Patrick Keohane and C.S. Wright, compliments slip of Priestley (as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham) on front pastedown, illustrations, John Murray, 1950, both publisher's cloth, 8vo (3)
Like the two books that accompany the lot, it seems that the album owes its existence to a friendship with Frank Debenham. A group of 9 images (each approximately 120 x 170mm.) are by Debenham, with his captions on the verso: Gt. Razorback Isd Emperors and Mules; North Bay C. Evans; Ice Foot; [Husky portrait, name unclear]; Mt. Erebus from Cape Royds [2-print panorama]; Pack ice floating past Cape Royds; The "ice foot" or platform which forms round the shores of all polar lands...; My dog team resting by an iceberg...FD.
Twelve of the small images are captioned as picturing the polar party, the majority featuring the ponies, often by the protective snow walls that had to be built at the end of every march. All have pencilled captions on the verso. One captioned 'Heavy snow on Beardmore Scott at sledge' is a mis-caption as the image is reproduced by Ponting in Great White South, identifying Captain Scott as the photographer, not the subject. This group are now attributable to Scott's camera (cf. D.M. Wilson The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott, (Little Brown 2011), nos. S56a; S21b (2 copies); S97; S93; S45; S97. Together with 5 (of the 10 or so) Scott images no longer with that archive, assuming that all frames were successfully exposed: "Jehu and Chinaman A camp on the Pole Journey"; "Pony camp on the barrier" 2 differing images; Ponies and Pony Wall built to protect them from the wind";"Pony and dog teams Meares on sledge Dimitri standing".