SOUTH POLAR TIMES SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY), LOUIS CHARLES BERNACCHI and ASPLE CHERRY-GARRARD editors, 3 vol., Smith Elder, 1907
Lot 186
SOUTH POLAR TIMES SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY), LOUIS CHARLES BERNACCHI and ASPLE CHERRY-GARRARD editors, 3 vol., Smith Elder, 1907
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 51,000
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SOUTH POLAR TIMES
SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY), LOUIS CHARLES BERNACCHI and ASPLEY CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times, 3 vol., FIRST EDITIONS, LIMITED EDITIONS, volumes I and II are both from the limited edition of 250 copies, these copies numbered 2, volume III is a PRESENTATION COPY TO KATHLEEN SCOTT, with variant wording to limitation leaf, omitting the words 'This Copy is No.' and inserting 'Presentation Copy' in their stead, titles and text printed in red and blue, numerous plates and illustrations throughout (many chromolithographed, some mounted) after Herbert Ponting, Edward Wilson and others, publisher's blue ribbed cloth gilt, upper covers with colour pictorial inset panels, g.e., spines very slightly rubbed but A VERY FINE BRIGHT COPY preserved in a purpose-made blue morocco-backed solander box by Aquarius [Conrad, pp.111, 121 and 173; Renard 1433 and 1434; Rosove 287.A1 and 291.A2.b; Spence 1094; Taurus 42, 79; OCLC 10187942], 4to (283 x 224mm.), Smith, Elder & Co., 1907-1914

Footnotes

  • IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION SET BELONGING TO CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT AND HIS WIFE, of a work considered a cornerstone to any collection of printed works on Antarctic exploration.

    The first two volumes of The South Polar Times were printed in London as fine facsimile copies of the originals which were printed monthly during the winters of 1902 and 1903. Shackleton edited the first volume, but was invalided back home after the first season of the expedition, and so Bernacchi took over. The third volume is devoted to the Terra Nova Expedition, and was edited by Apsley Cherry-Garrard two years after the death of Scott and his companions.

    Scott wrote that at first "it was decided that each number should contain, besides the editorial, a summary of the events and meteorological conditions of the past month, certain scientifically instructive articles dealing with our work... [but] as the scheme developed it was found other featurs, such as full-page caricatures, acrostics and puzzles, could be added... one of the pleasantest points with regard to it is that the men contribute as well as the officers" (quoted in The Voyage of the Discovery, 1905, vol. one, pp.362). The publication was helpful in keeping up the spirits of the men, Shackleton proving particularly enthusiastic, whilst Edward A. Wilson contributed the majority of the illustrations (beautifully reproduced in this edition). Scott himself gave a lengthy account of the southern journey in the 22 June 1903 issue.

    Provenance: Robert Falcon Scott (vol.I and II); Kathleen Scott (vol.III); by descent (all three volumes); Christie's, 17 September 1999, lot 223; Martin L. Greene (Seattle).
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