SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY) South. The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-17, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO FRANK WORSLEY inscribed "To Wuzzles from the Boss in memory of all he is and did in the old Antarctic days, Ernest Shackleton, 21st. Nov. 1919", with Worsley's bold ownership inscription "Commander F.A. Worsley" on the half-title, several passages marked in pencil, and one map annotated in ink

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SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY)
South. The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-17, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO FRANK WORSLEY inscribed "To Wuzzles from the Boss in memory of all he is and did in the old Antarctic days, Ernest Shackleton, 21st. Nov. 1919", with Worsley's bold ownership inscription "Commander F.A. Worsley" on the half-title, several passages marked in pencil, and one map annotated in ink

Sold for £ 22,500 (US$ 30,941) inc. premium
SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY)
South. The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-17, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO FRANK WORSLEY inscribed "To Wuzzles from the Boss in memory of all he is and did in the old Antarctic days, Ernest Shackleton, 21st. Nov. 1919", with Worsley's bold ownership inscription "Commander F.A. Worsley" on the half-title, several passages marked in pencil, and one map annotated in ink, colour frontispiece, 88 plates (mostly photographic), one folding map (short tear, slightly scuffed), illustrations, maps and diagrams in the text, errata slip, publisher's pictorial blue boards cloth, with image of "Endurance" and lettering in silver gilt, rubbed at extremities [Conrad, p.224; Renard 1460; Rosove 308.A1; Spence 1107; Taurus 105; OCLC 13627467], 8vo (255 x 161mm.), William Heinemann, 1919

Footnotes

  • A MAGNIFICENT ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED BY SHACKLETON TO FRANK WORSLEY, with a heartfelt presentation inscription "To Wuzzles from the Boss in memory of all he is and did in the old Antarctic days...". Several passages have been marked in pencil, and the "Rough Memory Map of Route Across South Georgia" annotated in ink to show the route taken by the James Caird.

    Frank Worsley, as the captain of the Endurance, had a crucial role in the survival of all the expedition members. After the ship was crushed in the ice he navigated the crew to safety on Elephant Island, then in the company of Shackleton and four companions "embarked upon the epic voyage of 800 miles in the Caird, a 22 foot boat, across the Southern Ocean in some of the stormiest seas in the world, landing at Cape Rosa in South Georgia on 10 May" (ODNB). Worsley, Shackleton, and Crean then crossed the previously unclimbed Allardyce Range to the far side of the island, to reach the whaling stations on the far side of the island. Worsley subsequently served under Shackleton whilst providing provisions to the northern Russian front, and as captain of the Quest, confirmation of the high esteem each man had for the other.

    Provenance: Frank Worsley (gifted by E.H. Shackleton); Jean Worsley (Frank's wife); Patrick Bamford (in whose family home both Worsley and his wife lived in their later years).
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