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    Limited Edition Copy Signed by the Members of the Nimrod Expedition, Including Ernest Shackleton

    [Ernest Shackleton, 1874-1922] The Antarctic Book, Winter Quarters, 1907-1909. London: William Heinemann, 1909. Limited to 300 copies. With 16 signatures of the members of the Nimrod expedition, including Ernest Shackleton. Four mounted color portraits and six woodcuts after drawings by the expedition's artist, George Marston.
    Quarto. 54 pages. Quarter vellum over grey paper-covered boards. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Soiling to spine. Corners bumped and showing. Offsetting to endpapers. Ownership inkstamp to rear pastedown as well as to the leaf introducing Dr. Eric Marshall's color portrait. Some scattered foxing to plate margins. Small closed tear to fore-edge of page 25. Some soiling to page edges. A very good copy.
    Contains a double leaf bearing sixteen signatures (fifteen members of the Shore Party plus Mackintosh, who, after a shipboard accident destroyed his right eye, had returned to New Zealand), the English participants on one leaf and the Australians (T. W. Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson) on the other; four color plates after pastel portraits of the members of the Southern Party (Shackleton, Adams, Wild, and Marshall), mounted on heavy brown paper, and six etched plates by George Marston.
    The members of the expedition whose signatures are present in The Antarctic Book are: Ernest H. Shackleton, leader of the expedition; Raymond Priestley, geologist; Frank Wild, in charge of provisions; Ernest Joyce, in charge of stores, dogs, sledges, and zoological collections; Bernard Day, electrician and motor expert; Sir Philip Brocklehurst, assistant geologist; Sir Jameson Boyd Adams, meteorologist; Dr. Eric Marshall, surgeon and cartographer; Aeneas Lionel Acton Mackintosh, second officer; Bertram Armytage, in charge of ponies; William C. Roberts, cook; James Murray, biologist; George E. Marston, expedition artist; Dr. A. Forbes Mackay, surgeon; T. W. Edgeworth David, geologist; and Douglas Mawson, mineralogist.
    The Antarctic Book is intended as a companion volume to The Heart of the Antarctic by Shackleton, which documents the expedition.
    The British Antarctic Expedition (1907-1909), also called the Nimrod Expedition after its ship, was the first of three expeditions to the Antarctic led by Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922). It is best remembered for his crossing the Trans-Antarctic mountain range, making the first ascent and survey of Mount Erebus, and coming within a hundred miles of the South Pole.




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