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    Deluxe Issue of the First Edition of The Heart of the Antarctic, Inscribed by Ernest Shackleton to Joseph Causton, of the Printing Firm Sir Joseph Causton & Sons, Ltd

    Ernest H[enry] Shackleton. The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. With an Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill, D.Sc., & an Account of the First Journey to the South Magnetic Pole by Professor T. W. Edgeworth David, F.R.S. [Together with:] The Antarctic Book, Winter Quarters, 1907-1909. London: William Heinemann, 1909. First edition, deluxe issue. No. 183 of 300 numbered copies accompanied by The Antarctic Book, also one of 300 copies, signed by every member of the Shore Party. Second corrected state of The Antarctic Book (with only three items listed on the contents page ("Erebus" by Shackleton, "Bathybia" by Mawson, and the "Signature of Every Member"), and the text of "Erebus" combined with that of the erroneous "Aurora Australis").
    Signed presentation copy, inscribed by the author in ink on the front free endpaper of Volume I to Joseph Causton (eldest son of Sir Joseph Causton (d. 1871), whose firm, Sir Joseph Causton & Sons Ltd, Printers, Stationers, Lithographers, supplied the printing equipment for the expedition: "Joseph Causton Eqre / with the author's kindest / wishes and grateful / remembrance of all the / kindness received / Ernest Shackleton / [flourish]."
    Together three large quarto volumes (10.625 x 8.75 inches; 270 x 224 mm. and 10.75 x 8.75 inches; 267 x 222 mm.). xlviii, 371, [1]; xv, [1, note], 418, [1], [1, blank] pages; [2, blank], [3, half-title]-53, [1], [1, printer's imprint], [1, blank] pages. Printed on specially made Van Gelder Zonen paper watermarked "1907 BAE 1909." Title-pages to Volumes I and II printed in reddish brown and black; recto of half-title printed in black; verso of half-title (limitation statement) printed in reddish brown; and captions on descriptive tissue guards printed in reddish brown.
    Volume I with mounted photogravure frontispiece portrait of the author and six color plates after watercolor paintings by George Marston, all mounted on heavy brown stock, with descriptive tissue guards; three double-page photographic plates containing sixteen portraits and two panoramas; 102 single-page plates containing 128 photographic illustrations; and eleven diagrams in the text. Volume II with photogravure frontispiece and six color plates after George Marston, all mounted on heavy brown stock, with descriptive tissue guards; 94 single-page plates containing 143 photographic illustrations; thirty-eight text illustrations; and three folding lithographed maps and one folding leaf containing two panoramas in a pocket on the back pastedown.
    The Antarctic Book 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 (only three of which had appeared in the Aurora australis). Title printed in black; text in black and brown.
    Volumes I and II bound in the original vellum over boards with front covers stamped in gilt with the "At the Sign of the Penguins" device from the Aurora australis; spines lettered in gilt; top edge gilt, others uncut. Brown silk ribbon bookmarks. Vellum boards very slightly bowed; Volume I with small area of vellum bubbling up from front board at upper joint; tiny nick to outer edge of front board; small rubbed area at lower front joint. Occcasional light foxing, mainly to the uncut edges of text leaves; slight browning to leaves adjacent to brown paper plate mounts; some very occasional faint marginal smudging or thumbsoiling. Volume I with short tear to outer blank margin of photographic plate facing page 200; small piece torn from lower edge of A2 (pages 3/4); small piece about to drop off of G2 (pages 51/52). Volume II with short tear to outer margin of half-title; short tear to lower blank margin of photographic plate facing page 42; one-and-one-half-inch tear to outer margin of guard sheet for color plate facing page 164. A few additional minor marginal tears or paper flaws; a few tiny chips or tears to uncut edges of text leaves. Light foxing to the "General Map Showing the Explorations and Surveys of the Expedition 1907-09;" tiny split at the bottom horizontal fold of the "Route and Surveys of the Southern Journey Party, 1908-09;" a few tiny chips and edge tears to the folding panoramas plate.
    The Antarctic Book bound in quarter vellum over gray paper-covered boards; spine lettered in gilt; top edge gilt, others uncut. A few light scuff marks and faint water spots on boards; corners lightly rubbed; free endpapers browned from pastedown glue. Light foxing to the etched plates; light offsetting from both the color plates and the etched plates to the text leaves and from the text leaves to the etched plates; small faint dampstain to lower edge of plate facing page 22, and slight rippling to lower gutter margin of C3 (pages 21/22).
    Apart from these flaws, this is an exceptionally fine set of the "most luxurious publication ever to have appeared during the 'Heroic Age' of Antarctic Exploration" (Taurus Collection). Bookseller's very neat pencilled note on front pastedown of Volume I.
    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.
    Conrad, page 148. Rosove 305.A2. Spence 1096. Taurus Collection 57.
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    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. Shackleton, who had been editor of The South Polar Times on Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery Expedition (1901-1904), brought with him small printing presses lent by the printers and stationery manufacturers Sir Joseph Causton & Sons, Ltd. On them he intended to print the first book written and published in Antarctica. He invested three weeks of pre-embarkation time in having Frank Wild and Ernest Joyce trained in typesetting and printing, and George Marston, the expedition artist, instructed in etching and lithography. On arrival in Antarctica, the equipment was installed in the winter quarters that Shackleton's men constructed at Cape Royds in the shadow of Mount Erebus.


    Ernest Joyce, Frank Wild, George Marston, and Bernard Day "during the winter months spent much time in the production of the 'Aurora Australis,' the first book ever written, printed, illustrated and bound in the Antarctic. Through the generosity of Messrs. Jospeh Causton and Sons Limited, we had been provided with a complete printing outfit and the necessary paper for the book, and Joyce and Wild had been given instruction in the art of type-setting and printing, Marston being taught etching and lithography.Day meanwhile prepared the binding by cleaning, planing, and polishing wood taken from the Venesta cases in which our provisions were packed. Marston reproduced the illustrations by algraphy or printing from aluminium plates.In its final form the book had about one hundred and twenty pages, and it had at least assisted materially to guard us from the danger of lack of occupation during the polar night" (The Heart of the Antarctic, I, pages 217-218).


    "Shackleton began working on The Heart of the Antarctic soon after the party's return to New Zealand. The expedition had created a worldwide stir, so Shackleton and his publisher William Heinemann moved as quickly as possible to maximize sales. Shackleton, who could speak much more effectively than he could write, dictated much of the book to Edward Saunders, a young New Zealand newspaper reporter who had become enraptured with Shackleton during an interview for the Lyttelton Times. Saunders accompanied Shackleton back to England as literary assistant...Shackleton and Saunders worked well together; Shackleton's persuasive command of language is evident throughout the text, and his personal ambience was well preserved in Saunders's careful transcription and editing...The book was an instant success...The three-volume special edition is one of the most handsome productions in the Antarctic canon. Nothing was spared by the publisher and printer to style the volumes as beautifully as possible. The work is sumptuously bound in vellum, in large quarto format with broad margins around the typeset, and printed on thick, high-quality, deckle-edged paper specially watermarked '1907 BAE 1909'. The full-page photographic plates are outstanding, printed one side only on glossy paper; Marston's watercolors are vibrantly reproduced, each mounted on a sheet of thick, brown paper with a titled tissue paper guard. The Antarctic Book possesses the coup-a double page signed by all members of the shore party" (Rosove).

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