SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY) The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909, 3 vol. (including "The Antarctic Book Winter Quarters 1907-09"), LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, WITH SIGNATURES OF ALL THE SHORE PARTY, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY SHACKLETON "To Major T. Lethaby with kind regards from E.H. Shackleton, Sept. 1918. In remembrance of the first Polar Campaign preparations" on front free endaper of volume one
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SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY) The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909, 3 vol. (including "The Antarctic Book Winter Quarters 1907-09"), LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, WITH SIGNATURES OF ALL THE SHORE PARTY, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY SHACKLETON "To Major T. Lethaby with kind regards from E.H. Shackleton, Sept. 1918. In remembrance of the first Polar Campaign preparations" on front free endpaper of volume one
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SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY)
The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909, 3 vol. (including "The Antarctic Book Winter Quarters 1907-09"), LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, WITH SIGNATURES OF ALL THE SHORE PARTY, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY SHACKLETON "To Major T. Lethaby with kind regards from E.H. Shackleton, Sept. 1918. In remembrance of the first Polar Campaign preparations" on front free endpaper of volume one, this set number 159, photogravure frontispiece, numerous plates (including 6 etched plates by George Marston, 16 tipped-in colour after George Marston, others mostly photographic), one folding panorama and 3 folding lithographed maps in pocket at end of volume 2, illustrations and diagrams in the text, occasional spotting (slightly heavier in third volume), volumes 1 and 2 publisher's vellum, volume 3 publisher's vellum-backed boards, volumes one and 2 blocked in gilt with a design of two penguins on upper cover, all lettered in gilt on spines, t.e.g., some dust-soiling, covers slightly bowed [Conrad p.148; Renard 1446; Rosove 305.A2; Spence 1096; Taurus 57], 4to, William Heinemann, 1909; together with a archive of material relating to Shackleton's connection with Major Lethaby, including a gelatin-silver print of the two men, newspaper cuttings and a scrap album commemorating Lethaby's wedding, including a menu signed by Frank Worsley

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  • AN INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY FROM SHACKLETON OF "THE MOST LUXURIOUS PUBLICATION EVER TO HAVE APPEARED DURING THE 'HEROIC AGE' OF ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION" (Taurus), this copy one of the 300 with the signatures of all the Shore Party.

    Provenance: gifted by E.H. Shackleton to Major T. Lethaby in September 1918. Thomas Lethaby O.B.E. assisted Shackleton in the outfitting of his ships for the Expedition. He retired from the army after the war, having been Director of Purchases at the Ministry of Munitions, and in 1920 Shackleton acted as best man at his wedding. According to The Daily Graphic Shackleton "said it was his first experience of such a serious duty but he got through it well, and was surrounded by an admiring bevy of rose-clad bridesmaids..."; and thence by descent.
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