Item #7712 The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.
The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.

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The Heart of the Antarctic : being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909.

London: William Heinemann, 1909. 3 vols. 4to, vols. 1 and 2 original full vellum, with gilt emblem of penguins on front covers; [final volume, The Antarctic Book] half vellum with gray paper over boards. Illustrated with etchings, color plates, photographic plates, diagrams, and maps. Includes four folding charts and panoramic views in a pocket at the rear of vol. 2. Two pages of signatures in final volume. In custom gray cloth slipcases with vellum edges, apparently created at an early date. CONDITION: Very good, clean copy, with only light soiling to the vellum; contents quite clean, bit of foxing to title-page tissue guards in vols. 1 and 2; endemic brown stains to first and last leaves in The Antarctic Book; slipcases very good, with moderate soiling.

First edition. One of 300 copies signed by Shackleton and the entire shore party. This copy is number seventy-three. An unusually clean and attractive example of this work documenting Ernest Shackleton’s 1907-1909 attempt to reach the South Pole, known as the Nimrod Expedition or British Antarctic Expedition, arguably the most accomplished Antarctic exploration of all time. During a grueling 1755 mile round trip lasting 120 days, Shackleton and three of his men came within ninety-seven miles of the South Pole. Shackleton’s decision to turn back rather than risk the lives of his men is justly celebrated as one of his most courageous and a shining example of clear-minded thinking under extraordinary stress. The various accomplishments of the British Antarctic Expedition include blazing the trail to the South Pole later followed by Scott and Amundsen, the discovery of the Beardmore Glacier (one of the world’s largest), the discovery of the location of the South Magnetic Pole, and the ascent of Mount Erebus, an active volcano. Roald Amundsen described the Nimrod Expedition as “the most brilliant incident in the history of Antarctic exploration,” noting that Shackleton’s name would “always be written in the annals of Antarctic exploration in letters of fire.”

REFERENCES: The Taurus Collection. 150 Collectable Books on the Antarctic, 57 (“The most luxurious publication ever to have appeared during the 'heroic age' of Antarctic exploration”); Rosove, Antarctica, 1772-1922. Freestanding Publications through 1999, 305.A2; Smith, Michael. Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition at shackleton.com

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