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The Polar Regions Catalogue 21
The Polar Regions Welcome to the latest catalogue from Meridian Rare Books, devoted to the Polar regions and high latitudes. We are pleased to offer a range of books and ephemera. I hope that you enjoy the selection of items on offer, but if you do not find titles for which you are currently looking, please send me details and I will let you know when copies come into stock. Stuart Leggatt
1. Amundsen, Roald. Sydpolen. Den Norske Sydpolsfærd med Fram 1910-1912. Kristiania: Jacob Dybwabs Forlag, 1912.
First edition, in 40 original parts. 8vo. Numerous plates and illusts., 11 maps, charts and diagrams [all correct as per listing in Rosove, albeit with one or two variations in pagination]; very good in the original pictorial wrappers, part nos. 21 and 40 with ad. for publisher’s bindings tipped on to front wrappers, parts 16, 20 and 40 additionally with bookseller receipts tipped on to front wrapper, minor chipping to head and tail of a few spines, but in all a very wellpreserved set of the original issue of this work, now contained in a purpose-made fall down back box with leather spine. Denucé 2696; Spence 14; Rosove 8.A1. On 14 December, 1911, Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole, planting the Norwegian flag. Amundsen’s narrative of his attainment of the South Pole first appeared in his native Norwegian, and it was initially issued in the present format of 40 parts prior to its appearance in book form. Sets of the work in these original parts rarely come onto the market. This set also includes three receipts, issued by E. Sem’s Bokhandel to the original purchaser for several of the parts, dated 7 November 1912, 19 November 1912, and 28 April 1913, suggesting that the complete set of parts took several months to acquire.
2. [Amundsen, Roald & Lincoln Ellsworth.] Air Pioneering in the Arctic. The Two Polar Flights of Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth. Part I: The 1925 Flight from Spitzbergen to 88º North. Part II: The First Crossing of the Polar Sea, 1926. New York: National Americana Society, 1929. £1,750
Second printing (same year as first). Folio. pp. [x], 127, ; 73 fine photogravure plates including a few maps and facsimile letters; some occasional offsetting from plates to versos, else very good in the original blue cloth, gilt, t.e.g., slight fading to spine, contained in slipcase. AB 39680. “Collection of articles reprinted from Amundsen and Ellsworth’s Our Polar Flight and First Crossing of the Polar Sea . . . and from other publications; in handsome format richly illustrated” (Arctic Bibliography). This deluxe publication seems to have been issued at Ellsworth’s behest following Amundsen’s death (the final leaves of text are Ellsworth’s tribute to him). Given that the book seldom comes onto the market, few copies can have been printed, though the book itself gives no indication of the number of copies produced, and it went into this second printing in the same year as the first edition. The photogravures reproduce some of the striking images from the two flying expeditions over the Arctic, as well as images of the planes and of the Norge airship.
3. Amundsen, Roald. Roald Amundsens Opdagelsesreiser [Roald Amundsen’s Explorations]. Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1928-30. £475 First collected or memorial edition (Minneutgaven) in 35 original parts. 8vo. pp. 382 , 371 , 367 , 281 ; several coloured plates, 4 folding maps, photo. illusts., sketch maps; very good in the original pictorial wrappers, minor staining to one or two issues, soiling to plan of Fram in first part, occasional spotting to margins of wrappers, part 2 in variant blue printed wrappers, overall in very good condition.
Spence 26; Rosove 8.B2; not in AB. These volumes, published after Amundsen’s disappearance in 1928 as a memorial edition of his works, comprise the account of his attainment of the South Pole (vol. II), and of voyages through the Northwest Passage (vol. I), Northeast Passage (vol. III), and his attempts on the North Pole (vol. IV). The volumes were issued in parts, and buyers were able to acquire bindings for the parts, to make up a four-volume set; notifications for the bindings appear at the front of parts 10, 19, 28 and 35 (these notifications also contains the instructions to the binder for the positioning of maps and illustrations, discarded in the finished, bound set). This is the first set of the work that we have seen in parts.
4. [Amundsen, Roald.] A prospectus for the US edition of The South Pole. N.p. (?N.Y.), n.d. c. 1912. £150 4to. 4pp., illusts. to first and central pages, order form at foot of final page; minor browning to upper outer corners, some time folded and now creased, slight chipping, else VG. This prospectus for the Lee Keedick edition of Amundsen’s The South Pole advertises the volumes as being “Ready early in January”, and offers a list of contents on the final page. The central pages describe the expedition, and advertise Amundsen’s lecture tour in tandem with the publication of the book (managed by Keedick as well).
5. [Amundsen, Roald.] Capt. Roald Amundsen. Lecture. Tremont Temple Tuesday, Jan., 21st, 1913, at 8.15 o’clock. Boston: J. Wallin & Co., . £125 A handbill advertising a lecture by Amundsen, approx. 6 1/4/ x 9 1/2” (156 x 238mm.), printed to one side only, creased where folded, torn with loss to upper corners (not affecting text). A flyer for Amundsen’s illustrated lecture at the Tremont Temple, Boston, relating his South Pole expedition. The text describes the speaker as “a modest Norwegian explorer”.
6. [Amundsen, Roald.] A silver spoon commemorating the 1925 Amundsen-Ellsworth Polar Flight. N.p. [Norway], n.d. . £225
8. [Antarctic. James Clark Ross.] ‘An Account of the Antarctic Expedition.’ An article in The Annual Register, or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1843. London: F. & J. Rivington, 1844. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 379, 548; untrimmed in the original cloth, gilt, heavily faded to spine. This volume contains at pp. 527-536, “An Account of the Antarctic Expedition. (Taken from the Literary Gazette.)”, with details of the voyages of the Erebus and Terror, 1839-42.
9. [Antarctic. E. A. Wilson.] Stories from World History. B B C Broadcasts to Schools Summer Term 1956. [London: BBC, 1956]. £5 First edition. Oblong 8vo. pp. 24; illusts. from photos.; minor soiling and creasing, good in the original pictorial wrappers. ‘Stories from World History’ was a programme broadcast on the BBC’s Home Service on Wednesday mornings. The twenty-minute programme provided introductions to various topics, with supporting materials being provided in accompanying booklets. The present example contains a section entitled ‘Winter Journey to the Penguins’, with photographs of Edward Wilson, Bowers, and Cherry-Garrard after their attempt during Scott’s last expedition to collect Emperor penguin eggs from Cape Crozier. The covers feature notable illustrations by Wilson.
A silver spoon, approx. 5” in length (128mm), lettered around the bowl ‘POLFLYVNINGEN MAI 1925’ surmounting two aircraft circling the North pole marked with a Norwegian flag, the handle cast with a Polar star, profile head of Amundsen with caption ‘ROALD AMUNDSEN’, a walrus head, and a crest; slightly blackened, mark to back of handle where some time a label attached, else very good.
This spoon commemorates Roald Amundsen’s 1925 Arctic flight, when Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth and four companions set off in two aircraft from Spitsbergen on 2 May, 1925, landing at 87º44’ North. Amundsen gave details of the expedition in Our Polar Flight (1925).
7. [Amundsen, Roald.] A commemorative silver spoon. N.p. [Norway], n.d. . £250 A silver spoon, approx. 5” in length (128mm), lettered around the interior rim of the bowl ‘SYDPOLEN 1911 NORDPOLEN 1926,’ the handle cast with a Polar star, profile head of Amundsen with caption ‘ROALD AMUNDSEN 14-12-28’ and with a plane depicting his last flight, stamped with mark to verso of handle, recently polished, very good.
This commemorative spoon marks Amundsen’s achievements in reaching both North and South Poles. Amundsen disappeared on 18th June, 1928, during a search for Nobile, who was then returning by airship from the North Pole. The Norwegian government officially discontinued the search for Amundsen in September 1928 when fishermen found a pontoon later identified as having come from his plane, the Latham. On 14 December, 1928, the anniversary of the date on which Amundsen had reached the South Pole 17 years earlier, Norway observed a national day of mourning for Amundsen and the Latham crew. The present spoon was issued to mark this occasion.
time folded and now frayed with splits to fold and one section detached, minor wear at folds with slight loss of legibility to a few letters, good only.
John Smith was the proprietor of the Liverpool Mercury, author of several works of an educational nature, and “Lecturer on the Smith-and-Dolbier Plans of Instruction”. This handbill advertises a course of lectures delivered by Smith in the Assembly Room, Prince’s Street, Bristol, the lectures being accompanied by views “painted by the most eminent Artists in the Kingdom . . Illuminated by the beautiful Oxy-hydrogen Light”. The subjects of each lecture, and the views shown, are listed on the back of the handbill, the second commencing with “Attempts to effect a North-west Passage” and similar Arctic themes, such as “Captain Parry’s beautiful canal in the ice” and “his dreary winter”. The views that accompany this lecture include a “Grand Iceberg in Baffin’s Bay” and “An Esquimaux Family”. The other lectures relate to land and sea, mountains (with a “Description of Mont Blanc and of the ascent to its summit”), and natural hazards (hurricanes, volcanoes, and the like). We have found an issue of the Birmingham Journal which advertises John Smith’s lectures on the same themes for April 1838, suggesting a similar date for the present handbill.
12. [Arctic. Christmas card.] A Christmas card, showing African and Arctic scenes. N.p., n.d. ?1870s. £75 A small card, approx. 5 x 3 3/4 (13 x 9.5cm) when folded and 5 x 11 1/4 (13 x 28.5cm) when opened, humorous scenes of elephants and giraffes printed to two outer panels, inner panels with three scenes showing a man and a bear the North Pole, VG. This greetings card carries messages for Christmas and New Year’s Day, and features a sequence of North Pole illustrations signed by Ernest Griset, a some time contributor to Punch. The panels show a bear greeting a man with the words “Good morning, sailor, welcome to the North Pole” and two consequent scenes as the bear flees the sailor’s harpoon.
13. [Arctic. Trade Cards. Jeannette.] ‘In Winter Quarters’, ‘Leaving the wreck’, ‘In comfortable quarters’, ‘Arctic Sports’, ‘Moonlight in the Arctic Ocean’, ‘Preparing for a Journey’. Copyrighted 1882 by J. K. Bufford’s Sons. £95 Six coloured cards, approx. 110 x 65 mm, showing scenes from the Jeannette expedition, printed ad. for Scranlom, Welmore & Co. School Supplies to verso, slightly cropped to margins.
These Arctic scenes relate to the Jeannette expedition, news of which broke in 1882. Retailers would purchase copies of the card and overprint their own advertisement.
10. [Arctic.] Arctic Survival. [London:] Issued by Air Ministry (D.T.F.), January 1953. £15
14. [Arctic. Trade card.] ‘On Route to the North Pole.’ Huntley & Palmers, n.d. c. 1890s. £35
First edition. Small square 8vo. pp. 69; 45 text figures inc. star charts and diagrams showing how to build shelters, start fires, etc.; slight age-toning, else good in the original printed wrappers, which are slightly browned and chipped.
A chromolithographic card, approx. 4.5 x 3.5” (115 x 90mm), advertising text in French to verso, minor adhesion damage to recto, a little foxed to verso, else VG.
A.M. Pamphlet 226. According to a note on the title-page: “This pamphlet is to be included in the emergency packs of aircraft operating over the Arctic.”
11. [Arctic. Handbill.] Mr. Smith’s New Lectures on the Beauties of Geographical Science, and the Wonders of Creation, illustrated by nearly One Hundred Splendid Views. N.p., n.d. c. 1830s. £75 A handbill, approx. 8.75 x 11.25” (22 x 29cm.), printed to both sides; some
Huntley & Palmers, the biscuit manufacturers of Reading and London, produced a series of high quality trade cards during the 1890s. The present card shows members of an Arctic expedition unloading stores from a rowing boat to a sledge - the stores being boxes of Huntley & Palmers biscuits.
15. [Arctic. Postcard.] ‘A mile a minute on the ‘Cody’ Aeroplane. Any more for the North Pole!’ London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, n.d. c. 1910. £12
21. Beckett, J. Angus. Iceland Adventure. The Double Traverse of Vatnajökull by the Cambridge Expedition. London: H. F. & G. Witherby, . £75
A humorous coloured pictorial postcard from a sketch, showing a Cody flyer piloted by a polar bear, two further bears on the tail and runner, brief explanatory text to verso (”Cody’s Aeroplane”), postally used (postmarked Southport Ju 25 10), minor chipping.
First edition. 8vo. pp. 197, [2, Index]; 8 plates of photo. illusts., one folding map; a little spotting, else good in the original cloth, faded on spine.
Tuck card no. 9935, “Aeroplanes”.
This is an account of the 1931 expedition to Iceland’s Vatnajökull led by Brian Roberts. The expedition members made the sixth traverse of the icecap. The author was the expedition’s surveyor.
16. [Arctic. Postcard.] ‘An Eskimo Family, Greenland.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1910. £12 A coloured photographic postcard, explanatory text to verso, postally unused, red staining to verso, slightly browned to verso. Card no. 133. The generic text to the verso suggests this card appeared in a series illustrating the peoples of the world.
17. [Arctic. Postcard.] ‘Milwaukee Public Museum Miniature Group. Central Eskimo - Polar Bear Hunt.’ “Phostint” Detroit Publishing Co., n.d. c. 1910. £15
A coloured postcard, brief explanatory text to verso, postally unused, VG. Phostint was a high quality lithograhic printing technique used by the Detroit Publishing Company. They issued a series of postcards for the Milwaukee Public Museum, including this card showing a hunting scene in the high Arctic.
18. [Arctic. Postcard.] Th. N. Krabbe. ‘Vordende Bjørnjæger, Cap York [Proud bear-hunter, Cape York].’ L’Administration du Groenland, n.d. c. 1930s. £20
A b&w photo. port. postcard from the original by Krabbe, postally used but stamp removed (message dated 8/2/32), VG. A portrait of a Cape York child by Thomas Neergaard Krabbe.
19. [Armitage, Albert B.] F. A. Hook. Merchant Adventurers 1914-1918. London: A. & C. Black, 1920. £250 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 319; photo. illusts., 2 folding maps; heavy browning to text throughout, good only in the original cloth, soiled, worn to extremities, darkened on spine. Printed presentation bookplate “With Lord Inchcape’s Compliments” to flyleaf, and also with the ownership inscription of Albert B. Armitage, dated 2.7.1920. Armitage (1864-1943) was a member of the Jackson-Harmsworth Arctic expedition of 1894-7 - he claimed to be the first to sight Nansen, then lost in the Arctic - and later became second in command on Scott’s Discovery expedition of 1901-4. Throughout this time he also served with the P&O Company, and during World War I he captained the Company’s ship Salsette, torpedoed in the Channel on the night of 19 July, 1917. The present work relates the loss of the Salsette, with reference to Armitage and his actions that night (pp. 138-141). The book was presented to Armitage by Lord Inchcape, Chairman of P&O from 1914.
20. Bainbridge, Beryl. The Birthday Boys. London: Duckworth, . £25 First edition. 8vo. pp. 189; one map; a near-fine copy in the original cloth, price-clipped d.j. Rosove 1017. A fictional treatment of Scott’s last days, culminating in Oates’ birthday on 17 March, 1912.
25 24. Bluhme, Emil. Fra et Ophold i Grønland 1863-4 [From a Stay in Greenland]. Copenhagen: Fr. Wøldike, 1865. £95
First edition. 8vo. [iv], 272; litho. frontis., previous owner’s inkstamp to front blank, else very good in contemporary half calf, a little worn to extremities. AB 1722. Bluhme’s journal records details of his travels in West Greenland, of his stay in Godthaab, information on ice, weather, missions (with references to Hans Egede), the local people, and a section on the cryolite mines at Ivigtut.
25. Bridges, E. Lucas. Uttermost Part of the Earth. London: Hodder and Stroughton, . £95
6 24 22. Bertram, G. C. L., David Lack, and B. B. Roberts. ‘Notes on East Greenland Birds, with a Discussion of the Periodic NonBreeding among Arctic Birds.’ [Offprint] from The Ibis for October 1934. £20 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 816-831; very good in the original printed wrappers. AB 1493. Results from the Cambridge University Zoological Expedition to Scoresby Sound, East Greenland, 1933, with an annotated list of 23 bird species.
23. Blackwood’s Magazine. Travel, Adventure, and Sport. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, n.d. c. 1885. £125 First edition thus. 6 vols. Small 8vo. Some hinges partly cracked, else very good in the original cloth, rubbed, a little discoloured on spines, bubbling to cloth of upper board to vol. VI. This set reprints articles from Blackwood’s Magazine, including: J. Lambert’s ‘The King of Tristan d’Acunha’ (1818, vol. I, pp. 392-407); ‘The North-East Passage: Narrative of Lieutenant Palander, Swedish Royal Navy, Commander of the Exploring Vessel (1880, vol. II, pp. 1-56); Sherard Osborn ‘A Cruise up the Yangstze in 1858-59’ (1861, vol. III, pp. 183-222); Herbert Swire ‘Summer Sport in Nova Zemla’ (vol. IV, pp. 6295), and the same author’s ‘In search of the Eira’ (vol. VI, pp. 138-160).
First edition. 8vo. pp. xxii, 23-558; numerous photographic illustrations, 4 maps including 3 folding, map endpapers; very good in the original green cloth, gilt, in original d.-w., which is browned and worn with some loss to extremities. Spence 178; Renard 173: “An important autobiographical account (one of the very few) of life in Tierra del Fuego” in the late 19th century.
26. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. G. C. Simpson. Meteorology. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink & Co. [vols. I-II] & London: Harrison & Sons Ltd. [vol. III], 1919 & 1923. £325 First edition. 4to. 3 vols. (text/maps/tables). pp. 326, 138 (maps) & 835; map frontispiece and 5 folding plates to vol. I, 23 folding plates to vol. II.; near-fine in the original red cloth, gilt, slightly faded to spines of vols. I & II. Renard 186; Rosove 293-1.A1, 293-2.A1b & 293-3.A1; not in Spence. Meteorological data collected by the author on Scott’s 1910-13 expedition, with discussion and comparison of the results.
27. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. H. G. Lyons. Miscellaneous Data. London: Harrison and Sons Ltd., 1924. £95 First edition. 4to. pp. [iv], 75; 5 diagrams to text, folding plan of the Terra Nova in rear pocket; wrappers a little faded, staples of pockets rusted, but a very good copy. Spence 730; Renard 186; Rosove 293-13.A1. Lyons’ volume of miscellaneous data from Captain Scott’s last Antarctic expedition includes
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valuable information on the other reports in the series, notebooks from the expedition and their location, the Terra Nova (description of the ship, stores, and equipment), sledging, dogs and ponies, and related matters.
28. Burley, M. K., leader. Joint Services Expedition Elephant Island 1970-71. [Printed in the FONAC Printing Office by the Royal Marines Staff], n.d. . £50 First edition. Small folio. pp. [v], 30, [46, Annexes]; 96 photographic illusts., 7 maps and plans; very good in the original cloth-backed printed boards, stapled slightly rusted, with, loosely inserted, 2 first day covers posted from Elephant Island base camp. Signed by Malcolm Burley to the upper cover.
accompanied by M. John A. Hay, a British subject”. Burn Murdoch clearly undertook the travels for which the passport was issued, since it has been further completed by an official in Germany, and by another in Russia (with Burn Murdoch’s name transliterated into Cyrillic), both in 1897. Burn Murdoch’s reason for travelling is not clear, but it seems likely, given his later involvement in the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate, that he wished to explore parts of the Russsian Empire for economic purposes.
This expedition to Elephant Island was the first to revisit Point Wild since Shackleton had been forced to put in there after abandoning the Endurance in 1916. A few pages of the present report discuss the remains of the Shackleton expedition found, and 20 or so photographs compare the location as it was when recorded by Hurley and others and the site in 1970-71.
29. Burley, Malcolm. ‘Joint Services Expedition to Elephant Island.’ Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, Vol. 138, Part 3, September 1972. £25 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 298-308; photo. illusts., one folding map of Elephant Island. An account of Burley’s expedition, with a discussion of Shackleton’s camps, and a map of the island based on the 1970 survey.
30. [Burn Murdoch, James Victor, 1864-1924.] A passport issued for J. V. Burn Murdoch, 24th May 1897. N.p. ?London, n.d. c. 1897. £175 A preprinted document, approx. 11 x 15”, completed by hand in English, German, and Russian, signed by Salisbury as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, signed by Burn Murdoch, several official inkstamps, a wax seal, and three Russian postage stamps to verso, some creasing else VG. James Victor Burn Murdoch was a cousin of the artist and explorer William Gordon Burn Murdoch. In 1909 James, with William Speirs Bruce, established the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate,for the mining of coal in the region. The present document relates to an earlier period of Burn Murdoch’s life. The passport was issued for “travelling in Russia and Eastern Siberia
31 31. [Charcot, J.-B..] Discours prononcés pour la réception des Membres de l’expédition dans l’Antarctique commandée par le docteur J. Charcot. En Sorbonne 7 décembre 1910. Paris: Librairies-Imprimeries Réunis, 1910. £750 First and only edition. Small slim 4to. pp. [i, title-page], 10; some foxing, else very good in the original printed wrappers, a little creased. Rosove 368 (”very rare”); not in Denucé. “Addresses given at a reception at the Sorbonne for Charcot and expedition members by Émile Picard (president of the Academy of Sciences), Henri Poincaré (member of the French Academy of Sciences), Edmond Perrier (member of the Academy of Sciences, director of the Museum), and M. Maurice-Faure (Minister of Public Instruction)” (Rosove). Charcot and his colleagues had returned from his second expedition to the Antarctic. The booklet is very scarce, with only one copy shown on Worldcat at the French national library.
8 33. [Charcot, J.-B. Postcard.] ‘146 Le Havre. - “Le Français” en partance pour le Pôle Sud.’ L.L. [i.e. Louis Levy], n.d. c. 1903. £35 A matt b&w photographic postcard of Charcot’s expedition ship Français, postally used (24 6 12), VG. Wharton FD-146. A variant of the previous card, with the verso printed differently.
34. [Charcot, J.-B. Postcard.] ‘147 Le Havre. - “Le Français”, en partance pour le Pôle Sud.’ L.L. [i.e. Louis Levy], n.d. c. 1903. £35 A matt b&w photographic postcard of Charcot’s expedition ship Français, postally unused, VG. Wharton FD-147. The second of the two cards by Levy showing the Français shortly before she departed for the South Pole.
35. [Charcot J.-B. Postcard.] ‘Expedition Antartique [sic]. Le Français. Buenos Aires.’ N.p. [?Buenos Aires], n.d. c. 1903. £50 35
32. [Charcot, J.-B. Postcard.] ‘146 Le Havre. - “Le Français” en partance pour le Pôle Sud.’ L.L. [i.e. Louis Levy], n.d. c. 1903. £35 A matt b&w photographic postcard of Charcot’s expedition ship Français, postally unused, minor foxing. Wharton FD-146. This was one of two cards by Levy showing the Français shortly before she departed for the South Pole.
A brown postcard from a sketch by Le Moine, inset portrait of Charcot, postally used (Buenos Aires 10.12.1903), minor soiling. Wharton FI-1.
36. [Charcot, J.-B. Postcard.] ‘497. - “Le Français”, Expédition Charcot au Pôle Sud.’ A. Bougault, n.d. c. 1905. £35 A matt b&w photo. postcard, postally unused, VG. Wharton FI-6.
37. [Charcot, J.-B. Postcard.] ‘Marseilles Exposition Coloniale, Palais de la Mer. Vestibule d’Honneur: Expédition Charcot. N.p., n.d. c. 1906. £45 A matt b&w photo. postcard, postally unused, VG. Not in Wharton. The Marseillles Expedition Coloniale took place in 1906, and included this exhibit of items from Charcot’s Français expedition, including a tent, and a boat.
38. [Charcot, J.-B. Postcard.] ‘Expedition Antarctique Charcot 1903-1905. - La Maison sur le Traineau.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1908. £35 A matt b&w photo. postcard, postally unused, VG. Wharton FA-13A. One of a set of 20 postcards, showing men with a sledge.
39. [Charcot, J.-B. Postcard.] ‘Expedition Antarctique Charcot 1903-1905. - Quelques Pingouins.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1908. £35 A matt b&w photo. postcard, postally unused, small stain to one corner. Wharton FA-18A. One of a set of 20 postcards, showing penguins in the ice.
40. [Chelyuskin.] The Voyage of the Chelyuskin by Members of the Expedition. Translated by Alec Brown. [London:] Chatto & Windus, 1935. £175 First English edition. 8vo. pp. xiii, [i], 325; photo. illusts., sketch maps, one folding map; some spotting to fore-edge, else very good in the original blue cloth, in the original d.-w., which is worn with loss to extrems. and consequently a little faded to head and tail of cloth on spine and upper cover.
43 recto, slightly faded to margins, soiled to verso, postally unused. A temperance card, which refers to the Cook-Peary controversy.
42. [Cook & Peary. Postcard.] ‘Cook’s dash for the Pole.’ Edinburgh: J. R. Russell, n.d. c. 1909. £15 A humorous coloured postcard from a sketch, showing a washerwoman escaping from a mouse up a washing line pole, postally used (Dec 2 09), slightly rubbed.
43. [Cook & Peary. Postcard.] ‘Going to the North Pole.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1910. £20 A humorous coloured postcard from a sketch, showing an aeroplane carrying a couple with a pilot, postally used (Au 12 10), slightly rubbed. An early aviation image that refers to the Cook/Peary attainment of the North Pole.
44. [Cook & Peary. Postcards.] ‘Love at the North Pole’. Davidson Bros., London & New York, n.d. c. 1909. £95 A set of six humorous photo-type postcards, postally unused, very good. These postcards show a couple in a studio, an ice scene to the background, standing before a sign that varies in each card, but which refers to the North Pole in allusion to the Cook/Peary claims to have attained the North Pole.
In 1933, the steamer Chelyuskin sailed from Murmansk to attempt a transit of the Northern Sea Route to the Pacific in one season. The vessel became beset by ice in the Chukchi Sea, and after drifting for over two months was crushed and sank on 13 February 1934 near Kolyuchin Island. Apart from one fatality, 104 people established a camp on the sea ice; all were saved by an impressive aerial evacuation mounted by the Soviet government. In 2006 a Russian expedition located the wreck of the Chelyuskin, bringing back two small sections for identification.
41. [Cook & Peary. Postcard.] ‘Cook & Peary Agree! With all other explorers that If the Pole you wish to gain from strong drink you must abstain”. Charles Harris, 74, London Rd., n.d. c. 1909. £35 A real photographic postcard, manufacturer’s name embossed to corner of
45. [Cook & Peary. Postcards.] Six humorous postcards relating to the attainment of the North Pole. Davidson Bros., London & New York, n.d. c. 1909. £95 Six humorous photo-type postcards, postally unused, very good. Cf. Cheren & Grainger p. 49, listing just one of the cards. These postcards show one or more people in a studio, an ice scene to the background, standing before a sign that varies on each card, but which refers to the North Pole in allusion to the Cook/Peary claims to have attained the North Pole (for instance, “This way to the North Pole. It’s a Pub”).
10 46. [Cook, Captain James.] A memorial medal, by L. Pingo. [London, 1779].
A bronze medal, diam. approx. 43mm., recto with profile bust of Cook facing left within the words “Iac. Cook Oceani Investigator Acerrimus” and, beneath the bust, “Reg. Soc. Lond. Socio Suo” and initial “L. P. F.” [i.e. L. Pingo Fecit], reverse with figure of Fortune leaning against a naval column with rudder on globe within the letters “Nil Intentatum Nostri Liqvere”; small mark to Cook’s jawline, else about fine. Beddie 2788. This medal was struck in commemoration of Captain Cook by fellow members of the Royal Society of London. Some 577 in bronze were issued, 322 in silver and 20 in gold.
47. [Cook, Captain James.] Edward Hawke Locker. The Naval Gallery of Greenwich Hospital; comprising a Series of Portraits and Memoirs of Celebrated Naval Commanders. [London:] Harding and Lepard, 1831. £125 Part 1 only [of 4]. 8vo. pp. [iii], 16, 11, 11, 16, 3; four eng. ports., one eng. of the Battle of the Nile; minor damage to upper outer margin of third portrait (Benbow) not affecting image, else good in the original printed wrappers, some time respined with thick white card, minor wear with slight loss to wrappers.
Locker’s portraits were published in four parts, usually found bound into a single volume. This first part, unusual in that it still has the original wrappers, includes a portrait and biography of Captain James Cook; the portrait is after the original by Dance. Others in this part include Admirals Hawke and Bridport, and Vice-Admiral Benbow. The final section contains an engraving and description of the Battle of the Nile.
48. [Cook, Captain James.] A small ‘Captain Cook’ commemorative vase. Stoke-on-Trent: Arcadian China, n.d. c. 1900. £75
50. [Cook, Captain James.] Mary Allen. Captain Cook. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd., n.d. c. 1940s. £30
A china vase, approx. 2 1/4” high (55mm.), captioned “Great Ayton” at foot with Latin motto, crest incorporating portrait of Cook, his memorial at Great Ayton, and Roseberry Topping, gilt, maker’s mark beneath, in very good condition.
First edition. 16mo (approx. 60 x 90mm.). pp. 32; 3 small sketch maps, 5 illusts.; very good in original stapled pictorial wrappers.
A souvenir of Cook and his birthplace at Great Ayton, where a memorial to Cook was built in 1827.
49. [Cook, Captain James.] A small urn commemorating ‘Captain Cook’s Monument, Whitby’. W. H. Goss, n.d. c. 1910s. £95 A small urn vase, approx. 2” high (50mm.), with a sepia image of the Cook Monument, Whitby, captioned underneath, maker’s mark beneath, in very good condition. The monument to Captain Cook at Whitby was unveiled in 1912.
Issued in “Tuck’s Better Little Books” series, this brief life of Cook was published during the Second World War and was intended for use in air-raid shelters, hence its small size.
51. Cutting, Chas. F. Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia. Boston: Thomas Groom & Company Publishers, 1887. £275 First edition, one of 100 copies. pp. 94, ; previous owners’ inscriptions or inkstamp to front endpapers, very good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g., rubbed to extremities, somewhat marked. Cutting crossed from America to Liverpool and on to Hull, from where he sailed aboard the Domino for Norway. He visited Stavanger, Bergen, Molde, Drontheim, Torghatten, the Svartisen Glacier, North Cape, Hammerfest, Trømso, the Lafoten Islands, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsingfors, Wiborg, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Nijni Novgorod.
52. Drygalski, Erich von, et al. Bericht über die wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten der Deutschen Südpolar-Expedition [complete in three vols.] Berlin: E. S. Mittler & Sohn, 1902-3. £750 First edition. Together 3 vols. 8vo. pp. [iv], 108, vi, 73 & iv, 181; respectively 3 plates and 4 folding charts, 3 plates and 2 folding charts, and 3 folding charts; good in the original printed wrappers, first two vols. ex-library with inkstamps to prelims. and paper label classmarks to spines, third vol. from the library of R. N. Radomes Brown with his ex libris inkstamp to upper wrapper, some wear to wrappers with much loss to rear wrapper of first vol., worn and browned on spines, now contained in a purpose-made cloth slipcase. Denucé 1962, 1962 & 1990; Taurus 29; Rosove 100-1.A1, 100-2.A1 & 100-3.A1 (”Rare”). The German Antarctic Expedition of 1901-3, led by Erich von Drygalski aboard the Gauss, published extensive scientific reports on its return in a series of publications that appeared in multiple volumes between 1905 and 1931. Before this main sequence had begun, the present preliminary series of reports was published with findings from the expedition while it was still in progress. This initial material relates largely to observations made on the way to, and at, the island of Kerguelen, where an observational base was established. The reports appeared as parts 1, 2 and 5 of the Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Meereskunde und des Geographisches Instituts, parts 1 and 2 being uniform in size, part 5 slightly larger and bearing the series titles on its rear wrapper. Though this is a matched set, with part 5 deriving from the library of R. N. Rudmose Brown (a member of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of this period), it is particularly scarce.
Eiriksson”) to end of handle surmounting a Viking longship, sketch map to bowl showing the North Atlantic captioned “ÅR 1000”, rather tarnished, marks to back of handle where some time labels attached, else good. Leif Eriksson was the first European to reach North America, some time around the year 1000. This commemorative spoon was issued by the same maker as the commemorative Thor Solberg spoon (see item 144) and the same map was used in the bowl of each spoon.
55. Evans, E. R. G. R. ‘The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13.’ An article in The Geographical Journal, vol. XLII No. 1, July 1913. London: The Royal Geographical Society, 1913. £75
53. Ellis, George E. ‘Hudson Bay Company, 1670-1870.’ An article in Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, pp. 127-136, 1886, no. 2. New York: Printed for the Society, 1886. £12
First edition. 8vo. pp. xiv, 112 [Evans’ article at pp. 11-28]; 2 sketch maps to Evans’ article, photo. illusts. and 3 folding map to other articles in this issue; slight foxing at front and rear, else very good in the original printed blue wrappers, minor wear to foot of spine. Spence 2213. Evans’ article reproduces his lecture at the Royal Albert Hall, given in the presence of other members of the expedition and an audience of “About nine thousand people”. The article is prefaced by a three-page account of the Albert Hall Meeting.
First edition. 8vo. pp. [i], -182; one single-page map; very good in the original printed wrappers, worn with loss.
56. Finch, Robert. Heroes of Exploration. University of London Press Ltd., . £35
The summary of a lecture given before the Society. The ‘Geographical Notes’ at the end of the volume include notices of a North Pole expedition by Wm. H. Gilder (pp. 150-1), and an obituary of Bedford Pim (p.155).
First edition. Small slim 8vo. pp. 95; illusts., sketch maps; very good in the original pictorial stiff wrappers with Polar sledge-team wraparound image, slightly rubbed.
54. [Eriksson, Leif.] A silver spoon commemorating Eriksson’s landfall in North America. Made in Norway, n.d. c. 1935 £95
Not in the usual bibliographies. An introduction for children to notable figures in exploration: Pizarro, Cartier, Drake, Raleigh, Bruce (Nile), Mackenzie, Manning (Tibet), Livingstone, Franklin, and Captain Scott.
A silver spoon, approx. 4.5” in length (115mm), portrait of Eriksson (“Leiv
57. [Franklin.] The Illustrated London News. A collection of extracts from the ILN relating to the Arctic expedition under Sir John Franklin, and to the searches for it. London: ILN, 1845-1861. £2,500 Folio. Approximately 230ll., a large number with portraits and illustrations; occasional spotting or foxing, with a few marginal tears, a few leaves with Stamp duty inkstamp, age-toning to the odd leaf, else in very good condition, now contained in a purpose made box with lettering piece. The Illustrated London News, which began publication on May 14th, 1842, was the world’s first illustrated newspaper. Its pages featured news and images relating to major international events, British domestic and foreign interests, society, parliamentary and court news, and many other topics. The present selection of extracts from the newspaper focuses entirely on the Arctic expedition under Sir John Franklin, on the subsequent public concern for the fate of the expedition, on the many searches organised by the British Parliament and private sponsors, and on the final discoveries by M’Clintock aboard the Fox. The first extract, dated 1845, carries several paragraphs announcing the departure of Franklin’s expedition, with a portrait of Franklin; the final extract has an illustration and text of the monument to Franklin erected in his home town of Spilsby, Lincolnshire (1861). Other articles discuss proposals for expeditions, the results of those that took place, portraits of many of those involved in the searches, celebrations of M’Clure’s traverse of the North West Passage, and illustrations of the Franklin relics. Much of the information predates other publications, though there are
also reviews of books on the subject (in particular M’Clintock’s account of the Fox expedition that discovered conclusive evidence). The ILN published further news concerning the Franklin expedition in the decades after 1861, following searches by Hall, Schwatka and others, but this collection focuses on the period from the departure of the expedition, to the discovery of its fate and the public memorials to Franklin and his men.
57 58. [Franklin.] [James Biggs, R.N.] Sir F. Leopold M’Clintock. Fate of Sir John Franklin. The Voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Seas in Search of Franklin and his Companions. London: John Murray, 1869. £250
59. [Franklin.] Charles P. Daly ‘Annual Address by Chief Justice Daly, LL.D., President. The Geographical Work of the World in 1877.’ An issue of Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Session of 1878, no. 1. New York: Printed for the Society, 1878. £20
Third edition, revised and enlarged. 8vo. pp. xlviii, 336; frontis. and other illusts., 2 folding maps, one reproduction of document; occasional marginal chips, somewhat shaken in the original cloth, gilt, worn, neatly restored to extremities. A presentation copy, inscribed to frontispiece recto: “George Simpson Esq. Devizes from James Biggs late Paymaaster R.N. Arctic Expedition (H.M.S. :Enterprise”) in Search of Sir John Franklin 1848/49 - with kind regards. Carpe diem. Junior United Service Club Pall Mall 25th April 1873”, with a note pasted to the flyleaf “See page 292 JB” and a marginal note to p. 292 identifying “the Paymaster of the ‘Enterprise’” as James Biggs, R.N.
First edition. 8vo. pp. 76; central vertical crease throughout, else very good in the original printed wrappers, partly split on spine.
AB 10555. Sponsored by Lady Franklin and by public subscription, M’Clintock’s expedition used information supplied by John Rae to search for Franklin’s ships in the King William Island area. In this it proved successful, finding sufficient proofs to ascertain the fate of Franklin and his men, and an appendix lists the various relics found. In chapter 17, M’Clintock recollected an incident during a search for Franklin by the Enterprise in 1848, and recalled “I well remember seeing my excellent friend and messmate, the Paymaster of the ‘Enterprise,’ accidentally make a most rapid descent of at least one hundred and fifty feet on one of these [steep snow banks against the cliff face]” (pp. 291-2). The anonymous Paymaster later identified himself as James Biggs in presenting this copy of the book. Biggs received the Polar medal for his service on the Enterprise (Poulson & Myres British Polar Exploration and Research. A Historical and Medallic Record with Biographies 1818-1999, p.118)
Daly’s overview of geographical work and discoveries for 1877 includes details, at pp. 39-45, of reports by whalers of the fate of Sir John Franklin’s expedition, based on artefacts found by members of the “Netchelli tribe”. The Address also includes information about Stanley’s explorations on the Congo.
60. Gane, Douglas M., ed. Handbook of Tristan da Cunha. [High Holborn, London: Preedy’s], n.d. c. 1924. £75 New edition. 8vo. pp. 40; photo. illusts., sketch maps; good in the original red printed wrappers. Originally issued for the British Empire Exhibition, and based on an article by Gane for the February 1923 Empire Review, this Handbook offers a history of the island and its inhabitants (the Glass family, the Cottons, etc.), followed by an account of the Tristan da Cunha Fund. No direct mention is made of the visit by members of Shackleton’s last expedition aboard the Quest to the island, but several of the illustrations are attributed to G. H. Wilkins, courtesy of the late J. Q. Rowett (d. 1924) - the final image shows the Quest moored off Inaccessible Island.
61. Greely, Adolphus W. Three Years of Arctic Service. An Account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-84 and the Attainment of the Farthest North. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886. £450 First edition. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. xxv, 428 & xiii, 444; 44 woodcut plates inc. 2 folding, 9 maps inc. 2 folding and one large folding map in rear pocket, numerous text illustrations; light foxing, tears to folds of large map repaired with paper, else very good in the original decorative blue cloth, blocked in red, blue and gilt to upper covers, Greely motif to spines, lettered in silver, gilt and colours, minor chipping to spine ends, still a handsome set. AB 6118. Greely’s expedition, part of an international project for Arctic exploration promoted in the US by Henry Howgate, made important explorations in the northern Ellesmere Island region and achieved a new farthest north along the unexplored coast of north Greenland. After a relief ship failed to reach them at Discovery Harbour, the 25 men of the expedition headed south in 4 small boats and landed after a journey of 500 miles at Cape Sabine. Here the expedition waited almost a year for rescue, by which time only 7 members of the original party remained.
62. [Greely, Adolphus W. ] Proceedings of the “Proteus” Court of Inquiry on the Greely Relief Expedition of 1883. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884. £875
First edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], 310, 265 (Appendix); 4 sepia litho. photo. plates, 6 folding maps; prelims. chipped and creased, tears to folds of most maps, good in recent period-style half calf with gilt-decorated spine. AB 18416. The present work contains the findings of the enquiry into the Greely expedition, with testimonies, reproduction of documents and maps, and other evidence. The book is very uncommon.
63. [Greely.] Schley, Winfield S. Report of Winfield S. Schley, Commander, U.S. Navy, commanding Greely Relief Expedition of 1884. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1887. £250 First edition. 4to. pp. 75; 3 wood-engraved portraits, 30 wood-engraved plates of Arctic views, ships and equipment, etc., 3 single-page engraved maps; chipped to fore-edge of front blank, else very good in the original black cloth, lettered in gilt to upper cover, a little rubbed and discoloured. A presentation copy, inscribed by Schley to “Col. R. G. English with the author’s compliments W. S. Schley U.S.A. Washington, D.C. April 23d 1889”.
AB 18385. Schley led the relief mission that found seven survivors of the Greely expedition at Cape Sabine, north of Baffin Bay, the remaining 18 members having perished. Schley reports that the survivors were themselves close to death. He also writes: “In preparing the bodies of the dead for transportation … it was found that six of them … had been cut and the fleshy parts removed to a greater or less extent with a view no doubt to use as shrimp bait”. Subsequent investigators suspected that the bodies had been cannibalised.
64. [Greenwich.] Descriptive Catalogue of the Portraits of Naval Commanders, Representations of Naval Actions, Relics, &c. exhibited in the Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital, and the Royal Navy Museum, Greenwich. London: HMSO, 1922. £75
67. Hillary, Sir Edmund. The New Zealand Antarctic Expedition. Nelson: R. W. Stiles & Co., Ltd., . £195
First edition. 8vo. pp. 106; plan of Greenwich Hopital buildings; some creasing to corners, else good in the original printed wrappers, a little creased and soiled.
Spence 591; Renard 720 (“Scarce”). Hillary’s account of his participation in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1955-8.
A list of 192 items on view in the Greenwich Hospital, with biographical details of the sitters and information on the incidents depicted. A further 16pp. list drawings and relics in the Royal Naval Museum. Among the portraits are those of Captain Cook (including the representation of his death by Zoffany), Nelson, Franklin, James Fitzjames, Parry, Portlock, James Clark Ross, and Phipps. Also on display were busts of Sir Joseph Banks and Franklin, a tablet to the memory of Franklin, Arctic relics belonging to George Back, and relics relating to Nelson.
65. Herbert, Wally. A World of Men. Exploration in Antarctica. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1968. £25
First edition. 8vo. pp. 12; one map, three photo. illusts.; very good in the original printed wrappers, slightly soiled, small split to head of spine.
68. Holland, Clive. Arctic Exploration and Development c. 500 b.c. to 1915. An Encyclopedia. New York & London: Garland, 1994. £250 First edition. 4to. pp. xvi, 704; numerous sketch maps; previous owner’s inscription, very good in the original cloth, boards slightly bowed. An excellent resource for the study of Arctic exploration, with a chronological guide to expeditions, a bibliography of primary sources, biographies of many of the expedition members, and 30pp. of sketch maps covering the Arctic regions.
First edition. 8vo. pp. 232; coloured and b&w illusts., folding coloured map in pocket at rear, one sketch map to text; as new in original cloth, d.-w. with wrap-around band. Signed by author to the title. Spence 585. Herbert joined the Falklands Islands Dependencies Survey, and gives his account both of that expedition and of his subsequent visit to the US airforce base at McMurdo Sound.
66. Herbert, Wally. Polar Deserts. London, Glasgow & New York: Collins & Franklin Watts, . £35 Third impression [1st pub. 1971]. Large 8vo. pp. 128; numerous illusts., sketch maps; as new in the original pictorial boards with original price sticker to upper board. Signed to the title-page by the author. Cf. Renard 706/7 for earlier impressions. Published for the International Library, Herbert’s book examines the human impact on the Poles of exploration and development.
69 69. [Hooker, Joseph Dalton.] Huxley, Leonard. Life and Letters of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, O. M., G.C.S.I.: based on materials collected and arranged by Lady Hooker. London: John Murray,, 1918. £350 First edition. 8vo. 2 vols. pp. xi, 546 & vii, 569, [2, ads.]; 9 plates, one folding map; very occasional minor foxing, else a very good copy in the original blue cloth, gilt, minor bubbling to cloth on upper cover of vol. I, a little bumped.
Rosove 181.A1; Renard 779. “The most important publication concerning the life and work of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911)” (Rosove). Hooker was a member of Ross’s Antarctic expedition (1839-43), and chapters 2 to 7 in volume I are devoted to the voyage. Hooker also is remembered as the most famous early explorer and botanist in the Sikkim Himalaya, which he visited in 1848-51
70. Hurley, Frank. Argonauts of the South . . . Being a Narrative of Voyagings and Polar Seas and Adventures in the Antarctic with Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ernest Shackleton. New York & London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1925. £500
72. Jackson, Frederick G. A Thousand Days in the Arctic … With a Preface by Admiral Sir F. Leopold McClintock. London and NY: Harper & Brothers, 1899. £675 First edition. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. xxii, 551 & xv, 580; numerous b & w illusts. from photos., one folding panorama, 5 folding coloured maps; some occasional spotting, mainly adjacent to maps, old repairs to margins of folds of two maps, else a very good copy in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g., a little bumped. AB 7943. Frederic Jackson, who led the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition in 1894-97, sailed to Franz Josef Land, wintering at Cape Flora. This became the expedition base for the next three years, sled journeys being made through the archipelago for survey work and scientific collections. On the 17th June, 1896, Albert Armitage sighted a man out on the ice. It was Nansen, on his return from the highly successful, but extremely hazardous, Fram expedition. Jackson’s meeting with Nansen and his companioni Hjalmar Johansen forms just one of the notable episodes in this narrative of the expedition.
First edition. 8vo. pp. xvi, 290; 75 illusts. from photos., 2 folding maps; minor age-toning to text, else very good in the original dark green cloth, gilt, t.e.g. Spence 615; Renard 768; Rosove 178.A1. Hurley was the photographer on both Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14) and Shackleton’s Imperial Transantarctic Expedition (1914-17), during which time he took some of the most memorable Antarctic photographs of the era.
71. Hussey, Dr. L. D. A. South with Shackleton . . . With a Foreword by Admiral Lord Mountevans. London: Sampson Low, . £350 First edition. 8vo. pp. ix, 182; illusts. to text by V. J. Bertoglio, map endpapers; very good in the original cloth, in the original d.-w., which is frayed to head of spine and with loss along upper margin of rear panel, small snag to wrapper on spine. Spence 617; Renard 773; Rosove 179.A1 (“very scarce”). Hussey was a member of Shackleton’s final two expeditions, the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition of 1914-1916 and the “Quest” expedition, on which Shackleton died. Hussey’s banjo-playing provided one of the few light reliefs during the long wait on Elephant Island for Shackleton’s return. This first edition of his book has become very difficult to find, particularly in the dust-wrapper.
77 74 73. Jensen, J. A. D. Om Indlandsisen i Grønland. I Anledning af Dr. Nansens Expedition [On the Inland Ice of Greenland. In the course of Dr. Nansen’s Expedition]. Forlagsbureauet i Kjøbenhavn, 1888. £50 First edition. 8vo. pp. 72; errata slip; illusts. to text, one folding map; slightly browned, good in contemporary plain cloth-backed boards, exlibrary with classmark to head of spine and inkstamp to title-page. Not in AB. Jens Arnold Diderich Jensen (1849-1936) was a Danish naval officer and Arctic explorer who surveyed sections of the Greenlandic coast. He also explored the inland ice of Greenland, and the present work draws on his own experiences of the ice to provide a general description of the subject. The book’s third chapter is devoted to Nansen’s expedition to Greenland.
74. [Kane, Elisha Kent, etc.] Dibble Bro’s Mammoth Palace Hall Panorama of the World! N.p., n.d. c. 1875. £95 A large and double-sided daybill advertising the Dibble Brothers’ moving panorama, approx. 28 x 10 1/4” (71 x 26 cm.), printed to both sides within a black border, the verso with text in double-columns, inkstamp for the showing at Academy Hall, New Hartford, CT, Nov. 10, 1875 to upper left of recto, in very good condition. John P. Dibble and his brother Frank H. Dibble, with other family members, toured their panorama in the 1870s, offering their audiences “A Grand Excursion Around the World” in 200 views, captured on “100,000 Square Feet of Canvas”. The verso of this daybill contains an extensive list of the scenes displayed in this two-part show, which includes a brief excursus to the Arctic: with “Scenes from Dr. Kane’s Arctic Explorations”, “Dr. Kane’s Vessel among the Icebergs”, “An Esquimaux Village”, and a “Wonderful, Moving Aurora Borealis”.
75. Lang, Herbert. Problems and Facts about Frozen Siberian Mammoths (Elephas Primigenius) and their Ivory. New York: Published by the Society, 1925. £12
76 76. Liebig Cards. [Famous explorers.] Liebig’s Company, London, . £95 A full set of 6 Liebig reward cards, each with a chromolithographed scene to recto, captioned in German to foot of image, advert. to verso with text in French; slight foxing to verso, else VG. This early set comprises Emin Pascha in Africa, the von Schlagintweit brothers in the Himalaya, Alexander von Humboldt in South America, Magellan’s circumnavigation, A. E. Nordenskjöld’s north east passage, and de Brazza in the Congo.
77. [M’Clintock, Sir F. Leopold, 1819-1907.] A carte de visite of M’Clintock. Stonehouse, Devon: John E. Palmer, n.d. c. 1870s. £150 A three-quarter length carte de visite of M’Clintock, uncaptioned and with the photographer’s details at foot and to the reverse, VG, window-mounted in an album leaf with the top and bottom of a letter from M’Clintock pasted above and below the window, including his signature. An uncommon portrait of the discoverer of the fate of Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition in search of a North West Passage. John Eastman Palmer was active in the period 1860-1880, from his studio in 88 Union Street, Stonehouse, Devon. The remnants of the letter which accompany the image bear the place and date Portsmouth Saturday Morning, 29 Oct., and the signature “F. L. M’Clintock”.
78. [M’Clintock, Sir F. Leopold, 1819-1907.] ‘Captn. Sir Leopold McClintock, R.N., LL.D.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1870s. £125 A full-length portrait carte de visite of M’Clintock, captioned at foot, without photographer’s details, VG. The portrait shows M’Clintock in civilian clothing.
First edition. 8vo. pp. 25-53; illusts.; very good in the original printed wrappers, ownership inscription of R. M. Laws. Volume IV, number 2 of Zoologica (Scientific Contributions of the New York Zoological Society).
79. Machat, J. The Antarctic Question. Voyages to the South Pole Since 1898 . . . From the Smithsonian Report for 1908. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1909. £25
82. Markham, Clements R. The Sea Fathers. A Series of Lives of Great Navigators of Former Times. London etc.: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1884. £125
First separate edition. 8vo. pp. [i], [i]. 451-480; sketch maps to text, one folding map of the Antarctic; unopened in the original printed wrappers, slightly chipped.
First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 221; port. frontis. of Drake; some foxing, else good in contemporary prize binding for the School Ship “Conway” with its crest to upper board, very worn on spine, front hinge partly cracked. A presentation copy, inscribed to front blank “Chas. W. Shearin Geography Prize School Ship “Conway” Presented by Clements R. Markham C.B. July 30th 1886”.
Denucé 1857; not in Spence. An overview of the Belgica, Southern Cross, French, Swedish, and Discovery expeditions to the Antarctic; an Appendix also provides a summary of Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition.
80. Macmillan, Donald Baxter. Etah and Beyond or life within twelve degrees of the Pole. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927. £150 First edition. 8vo. pp. xix, 287; numerous illustrations from photographs, two full-page maps; very good in the original blue cloth, gilt. Signed by Macmillan twice, to each free endpaper. Not in AB. An account of a voyage to Etah, North West Greenland, on the Bowdoin under the auspices of the Carnegie Institution and the National Geographic Society. As well as scientific work on terrestrial magnetism and atmospheric electricity, the expedition erected a memorial at Cape Sabine to Greely’s expedition. The expedition wintered in 1923-24 on Inglefield Gulf. Macmillan had previously accompanied Peary on his 1908-9 North Pole expedition.
81. [Magellan.] F. H. H. Guillemard. The Life of Ferdinand Magellan and the First Circumnavigation of the Globe, 1480-1521. London: George Philip & Son, 1891. £175 One of 50 copies on handmade paper. 8vo. pp. xi, 353, ; 17 plates or illusts., 11 col. maps inc. some folding; some embrowning to endpapers, else very good in the original vellum-backed papered boards, gilt, t.e.g., rubbed and soiled. A presentation copy to “H. T. Francis from F. H. H. Guillemard”. Published in the series The World’s Great Explorer and Explorations, edited by J. Scott Keltie.
Markham’s book, which is dedicated to the cadets of the training ships “Worcester” and “Conway”, includes chapters on Prince Henry, Columbus, Barents, Cabot, Drake, Hudson, Baffin, Dampier, Cook, Scoresby, and others.
83. Matthews, L. Harrison. The Natural History of the Elephant Seal with Notes on other Seals found at South Georgia. Discovery Reports Vol. 1, pp. 233-256. Cambridge: At the University Press, 1929. £75 First edition. 4to. pp. -255; 5 plates of photo. illusts., each accompanied by facing leaf of text; good in the original printed wrappers, soiled, frayed with loss to spine. Provenance: Ownership inscription of R. M. Laws to upper wrappers, with his occasional pencilled notes to text. Spence 372 (part). Matthews took part in the Discovery investigations, and produced this report on the elephant seal. This copy belonged to Richard M. Laws, who took the report with him to South Georgia in 1951 when he made a study of the elephant seal’s population ecology. The notes are those made by him on South Georgia at the time.
84. Mawson, Sir Douglas. The Home of the Blizzard. Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. London: Hodder & Stoughton, . £250 First reprint of Abridged Popular Edition. 8vo. pp. xxxi, 438; photo. illust., maps and diags. to text, 3 folding maps; slight agetoning, else good in original blue-green cloth, gilt, in the original d.-w., which is very worn with loss, and badly browned to spine. Provenance: Ownership inscription of Thomas Wood, Parsonage Hall, Bures, Essex, to front pastedown, and inscribed by the author to the frontispiece “With kind regards Douglas Mawson”. Cf. Spence 776; Renard 1026; Rosove 217.B1. Mawson’s classic account first appeared as a 2-volume work in 1915. A few years later, the type and blocks of the book were destroyed by fire at the publisher Heinemann’s printing works. Mawson later substantially rewrote the book, which was published in this one-volume abridged version in September 1930. This is a reprint of that abridged edition made in the same month, and this copy formerly belonged to Thomas Wood (1892-1950), the composer, who spent time in Australia from 1930, and became known for his arrangement of ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
85. Maxwell, Lieut. Gordon S. Tales of Polar Exploration. London: James Brodie Ltd., n.d. [?1928]. £45 First edition. 8vo. pp. 63; frontis., one other illust.; very good in the original printed wrappers, slightly faded to margins. Gordon Maxwell was the brother of Donald Maxwell, the book illustrator. The present booklet offers potted histories of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, brief biographies of the chief explorers, a description of flora and fauna, the Eskimo, and ‘Anecdotes of Polar Exploration’ taken from published accounts.
86. McGuinness, Charles John. Nomad. Memoirs of an Irish Sailor, Soldier, Pearl-Fisher, Pirate, Gun-runner, Rum-runner, Rebel and Antarctic Explorer. London: Methuen & Company Limited, . £225 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 289; port. frontis., photo. illusts.; minor spotting, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, creased on spine. Renard 955 (“very scarce”); not in other bibliographies. McGuinness took part in the first Byrd Antarctic expedition as chief officer, and two chapters in this memoir are devoted to his experiences then. The remainder of the book relates his colourful life as an adventurer, with chapters on pearl-fishing in the South Seas, lion-hunting in East Africa, profiteering in Ireland, piracy in China, and much more!
87. Messner, Reinhold Antarktis. Himmel und Hölle zugleich. Munich/Zurich: Piper, . £25 First edition. 8vo. pp. 391, [3, ads.]; illusts., one extending map; fine in the original cloth, d.-w. Signed and dated by Messner at front. Perret 2960. Messner’s account of his 92-day traverse by ski across Antarctica, with Arved Fuchs.
88. Mill, Hugh Robert. Life Interests of a Geographer 1861-1944. An Experiment in Autobiography. Privately Issued, [1945-6].
First edition. 4to (foolscap). pp. [viii], 186, 5 (List of Publications) + loosely inserted ‘Addenda’ pp. [i], 7-18 [these printed to rectos only]; tipped-in slip to title-page; very good in the original tape-backed printed buff wrappers, bumped to extremities, a few minor marginal tears. Rosove 228.A1; cf. Spence 799. “Without a doubt, Mill was the finest Antarctican who never went there” (Rosove). Mill’s work at the RGS and other British institutions covered a wide range of disciplines, but his name is intimately linked with the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, and in particular with that of Shackleton (whose biography he wrote). Mill worked on his autobiography towards the end of the Second World War, and fear of losing its contents in bombing raids in Southern England prompted him to send copies to friends and colleagues. One of these, George B. Barbour at the University of Cincinnati, had 100 copies mimeographed, which were then distributed to Mill’s associates. An oversight in the production stage meant that an addendum had to be produced, loosely inserted in this copy. Chapter VII, pp. 108-129, is devoted to ‘The Rise of Polar Research’, and contains details on Mill’s meetings and work with many of the foremost Polar explorers of the period, including Nansen, Peary, Scott, Amundsen, and of course Shackleton. Mill’s work was posthumously published in a revised trade edition as An Autobiography (1951).
Henry Morshead was a member of the Everest expeditions in 1921 & 1922, and also took part in Gino Watkins’ 1927 expedition to Spitsbergen. He disappeared in Burma in 1931 and the present work, written by his son, provides a biography of his father and attempts to unravel the mystery. The Postscript that accompanies this copy was produced later and distributed by the author, and relates developments in his investigation following the book’s publication.
91. Mortensen, Th. ‘On a Small Collection of Echinoderms from the Antarctic Sea.’ Offprint from Arkiv för Zoologi, vol. 17a, no. 31, Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1925. £15
First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 12; illusts. to text; very good in the original printed wrappers, ex Inst. Zool. Univ. Helsingfors with inkstamps to upper cover and prelims.
89. Modern Boy Great Folder of Adventures. N.p., 1933.
A small printed portfolio, approx. 160 x 230 mm., containing 12 “photogravure” plates, metal fastener at rear (slightly rusted), the wrapper partially faded, but the plates in very good condition barring a small rust spot to the margin of the first plate. This set of plates, issued weekly between April and July in 1933, features images taken from some of the notable “Adventures” of the early 20th c. They include “No. 2 - Attacking Mount Everest, the World’s Highest Mountain” (the 1933 flight over Everest), “No. 7 - Flying over the South Pole” (Byrd’s 1928-9 Antarctic Expedition), and ”No. 10 - Captain Scott’s Last Dash to the South Pole”. Other subjects are T. E. Lawrence, Court Treatt’s Cape to Cairo motor expedition, Lindbergh and other aviators.
90. [Morshead, Henry.] Ian Morshead. The Life and Murder of Henry Morshead … A True Story from the Days of the Raj with an introduction by Mark Tully. [Cambridge:] The Oleander Press Ltd., . £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. xiv, 207, [1, ads.]; photo. illusts., map endpapers; near-fine in the original cloth, d.-w., with, loosely inserted, a pamphlet by the same author titled ‘The Postscript’ (pp. 11, privately printed by the author in 1990 and signed by him to the Foreword).
A study of echinoderms collected by the Swedish zoologist Sten Wallin during a whaling trip to the Antarctic in 1824, from dredgings made in the Ross Sea.
92. Mosby, Håkon & Nils Larsen. The Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the “Brategg” 1947-1948/Narrative of the Expedition. Bergen: A. S. John Grieg, 1956. £45 First edition. 8vo. pp. 18; 2 photo. illusts., 2 sketch maps; very good in the original printed wrappers. Spence 819. The Norwegian Brategg expedition collected oceanographic observations off the Antarctic peninsula and continent, making a landing at Peter I Øya. The expedition published five scientific reports, of which this is the first.
93. Moss, Edward L. Shores of the Polar Sea. A Narrative of the Arctic Expedition of 1875-6. Marcus Ward & Co., 1878.
First edition. Folio. pp. 83; 16 mounted chromolithographs, one coloured map, illustrations to text; minor restoration to fore-edge of map, minor occasional foxing but overall clean in the original decorative cloth, gilt, a.e.g., rebacked with original spine retained, a little uneven discolouration to spine. Not in AB; Stam Books on Ice 4.7 (a “sumptuous volume”). Moss was the surgeon and artist on the Nares’s Arctic expedition ship Alert. His book presents a vivid personal description of the expedition, illustrated with superb chromolithographs from his original sketches.
94. Nansen, Fridtjof. The Waters of the North-Eastern North Atlantic. Investigations made during the Cruise of the Frithjof, of the Norwegian Royal Navy, in July 1910. Leipzig: Dr. Werner Klinkhardt, 1913. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. [vii], 139; diags. to text, 17 charts on 12 folding sheets; a little spotting, else very good in the original printed wrappers. Published as a Hydrographisches Supplement to volume IV of the Internationalen Revue des gesamten Hydrobiologie und Hydrographie. Results of hydrographic observations in the seas between northern Scotland and Iceland.
95. [Nansen, Fridtjof.] A silver spoon commemorating Nansen’s Fram expedition, 1893-6. N.p., 1897. £225 A silver spoon, approx. 6” in length (146mm), portrait of Nansen at end of handle surmounting a sledge team, image of the Fram to bowl lettered “Christiania June 24 1893 Return Sept 9 1896”, the back of the handle with an Arctic scene at the end and crossed skis below, flanking the words “North Pole Expedition” with a list of 11 of the expedition members; slightly tarnished, engraved with the words “Frank McKee Easter 1897” to the recto of the bowl, otherwise VG. A nicely produced commemorative spoon, recording Nansen and his crew’s achievement aboard the Fram.
96 96. [Nansen, Fridtjof.] ‘Nansen’s Nordpolexpedition.’ Horchheim: Pfeiffer & Diller, n.d. c. 1900. £50 A set of 6 chromolithographed cards for Ächt Pfeiffer & Diller’s KaffeeEssenz, each with a scene from Nansen’s Fram expedition to recto, captioned in German, explanatory text in German to versos, a little rubbed, minor adhesion damage or soiling to versos of three cards, else VG. An uncommon set of reward cards.
97. Nares, George S. The Official Report of the Recent Arctic Expedition. London: John Murray, 1876. £950 First edition. 8vo. pp. [i], 96; frontispiece map; previous owner’s inscription to map recto, slightly foxing at rear, else very good in recent period-style quarter calf by Bernard Middleton, gilt, marbled boards. Not in AB; Holland p. 555. The British Arctic Expedition of 1875-6 under George Strong Nares was the first government-backed British polar expedition since the Franklin voyages and the searches for him. The expedition attempted to reach the North Pole by way of Smith Sound, but the incidence of scurvy among the sledging teams thwarted this plan. Nares published a two-volume narrative of the expedition that appeared in 1878, but the present publication was the first substantial published account.
99. [Nares Arctic expedition.] Charles P. Daly ‘Annual Address by Chief Justice Daly, the President. The Geographical Work of the World in 1876. Annual Meeting, January 16, 1877.’ An issue of Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Session of 1876-77, no. 3. New York: Printed for the Society, 1877. £20 First edition. 8vo. pp. 70; very good in the original printed wrappers. Daly’s overview of geographical work and discoveries for 1876 includes details, at pp. 28-37, of the 1875-6 British Arctic Expedition under George Nares. Daly also mentions expeditions to Northern Siberia, including that by A. E. Nordenskjöld to the Yenisei.
100. [Norway.] A silver spoon with a map of Norway. N.p. [?Norway], n.d. c. 1930s. £75 A silver spoon, approx. 5.25” in length (135mm), captioned “Norge” at the end of the handle and with a map of Norway extending from the end of the handle into the interior of the bowl, major towns captioned; slightly marked, mark to back of handle where some time a label attached, else very good.
98. [Nares Arctic Expedition.] Henry Chichester Hart. On the Botany of the British Polar Expedition. Reprinted from the ‘Journal of Botany’ for 1880. N.p. ?[London], n.d. c. 1880. £150 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 43; previous owner’s inscription to first leaf, else good in the original printed wrappers, slightly frayed to spine. AB 6703: “The author [a zoologist] accompanied the Discovery, making collections and field notes along the coasts of West Greenland and eastern Ellesmere Island … This paper amplifies the brief report published in appendix to G. S. Nares’ Voyage to the Polar Sea, 1878, on collections made north of 80ºN”.
101. Osborn, Sherard. Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal; or, Eighteen Months in the Polar Regions in Search of Sir John Franklin’s Expedition, in the years 1850-1851. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852. £750 First edition. 8vo. pp. vii, [i], 320; 4 coloured lithographic plates, one folding map; map cropped to lower margin of one section, light marginal embrowning to plates, else very good in slightly later half calf by Morrell, gilt decorated spine with contrasting labels, chipped to head of spine. AB 12899. Osborn commanded the ‘Pioneer’ under Capt. H. T. Austin in the search for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition. The ships travelled via Baffin Bay, Lancaster Sound and Barrow Strait before wintering at Griffith Island. Osborn’s account describes the West Greenland Eskimos, as well as the various sledge journeys undertaken on the expedition.
102. Outhier, Reginaud. Journal d’un Voyage au Nord, en 1736, & 1737. Paris: Piget, Durand, 1744. £1,750 First edition. 8vo. pp. [viii], 238, [2, Privilege du Roi]; 16 engraved maps, plans and views (as usual without the two plans of Torneå and Pitheå given in the list of plates); occasional light age-toning, but overall very good in comtemporary mottled calf with gilt decorated spine, some surface pitting to boards but still an attractive copy. Chavanne 148; Howgego I.M81. L’Abbé Outhier (1694-1774) joined the expedition led by Pierre Maupertuis to the north of Scandinavia in 1736-7. Their chief object was to measure a degree of a circle of latitude in the high north, for comparison with similar measurements made at more southerly latitudes; these combined observations would eventually determine that, in accordance with Newton’s theories, the earth is an oblate spheroid. Maupertuis’ expedition, sent out by the French Académie des Sciences, travelled via Stockholm to the river Torneå at the north of the Gulf of Bothnia. Maupertuis returned with his results in 1737, and published his own narrative of the expedition in 1738. Outhier’s account is valuable for his observations of the Sami people of the region, and of the reindeer on which they depended. In common with all recorded copies of the Journal, the list of plates includes two views that seem not to have been published.
103. Petersen, Carl. Erindringer fra Polarlandene optegnede af Carl Petersen, Tolk ved Pennys og Kanes Nordexpeditioner 1850-1855. Udgivne af Lauritz B. Deichmann, Lieutenant [Recollections from the Polar Lands recorded by Carl Petersen, Interpreter with Penny’s and Kane’s Northern Expeditions]. Kjøbenhavn: P. G. Philipsens Forlag, 1857. £1,250 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. [iv], 162, 2 (ads.); map frontis., two illusts. to text; old ownership inscription and inkstamp to recto of map frontis., else very good in contemporary half sheep, gilt, a little rubbed. AB 13386. Johan Carl Christian Petersen (1813-80) served as an interpreter on various Franklin search expeditions. This is his account of Penny’s 1850-1 expedition in search of Franklin, and of Kane’s Second Grinnell Expedition of 1853-5. The book reproduces, in translation, extracts from the diary of August Sonntag, astronomer with the Kane expedition. Petersen later accompanied M’Clintock on the Fox, and published a separate account of that expedition (Den sidste Franklin-Expedition med “Fox”, Capt. M’Clintock, 1860).
104. Peyster, J. Watts de. The Dutch at the North Pole and The Dutch in Maine. A Paper read before the New York Historical Society, 3d March, 1857. New York: Printed for the Society, 1857. £125 First edition. 8vo. pp. 80; erratum leaf at rear; a little age-toning, else good in the original yellow wrappers, wear with loss to upper wrapper. The author considers Dutch Arctic expeditions, mainly drawing on the explorations of William Barentz.
105. [Pond, Peter.] ‘Description of the Country from Lake Superior to Cook’s River. Extract of a Letter from ***** of Quebec, to a Friend in London.’ An article in the Gentleman’s Magazine, pp. 197-9, March, 1790. [London, 1790]. £150 First edition. 8vo. pp. 197-204; folding map captioned ‘A Map showing the communication of the Lakes and the Rivers between Lake Superior and
Slave Lake in North America’; disbound, else very good. The trader Peter Pond (c. 1739-1807) explored the Athabasca region of Canada, in an attempt to chart the locations of lakes and rivers. He used his knowledge of the area to prepare several maps of the territory, and sought to turn it to his advantage by becoming a founder member of the North West Company. His behaviour - he was tried for murder, though acquitted - led to his replacement by Alexander Mackenzie, who himself used Pond’s reports and suggestions in his own explorations, resulting in his location of the Mackenzie River. The present brief article, in fact a letter from Isaac Ogden to David Ogden, draws its information from Peter Pond (mentioned by name on p. 199) , and the accompany map is based on Pond’s own charts of the region, presenting the latest information before Mackenzie’s reports reached London.
106. [Ponting, Herbert G.] An archive of Ponting images from Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition. ?London, 1950s. £12,500 131 silver gelatin contact prints, each measuring 90 x 125mm, pencil “A” numbers on verso; in very good condition. An unusual selection of the images taken by official photographer Herbert Ponting on the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. This collection features uncommon scenes from expedition life, and captures much of the natural history of Antarctica, with many images depicting Adélie and Emperor penguin (often with Ponting in the frame), as well as whales and seals. There are two candid shots of Captain Scott on the deck of the Terra Nova, taken when she was fast in the ice in December 1910, alongside another particularly intimate moment from the same period of the crew at ease, sunbathing and reading, lying in a heap. Ponting’s photographs display both an exemplary technical skill, and a professionalism that reveals the thought he put into the multiple uses these images would serve. For example, repeat takes of posed portraits, here seen together, indicate the meticulous ‘contact sheet’ approach Ponting used so as not to miss a shot. Interestingly, two particular examples of William Lashley show that Ponting was not averse to some post-production when called for: in one version of the image, a motorised sledge behind Lashley has been expurgated from the negative, presumably to give a clearer solo portrait. Other crew members captured here include Edgar Evans, Fred Hooper, Wilfred Bruce, Charles Wright, Patrick Kehoe and Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Other portraits show Drs Simpson and Wilson at work on scientific observation, or men loading sledges for the Southern Party. Ponting self-portraits are well represented, showing him both in relaxed poses, and at work. Ponting similarly recorded the expedition animals, with charming portraits of the dogs and several shots of the ill-fated ponies. The voyages of the Heroic Age relied heavily on advertising and media exposure to stimulate sponsorship to cover what were significant expenses. As such, Ponting’s photographs were not only composed with an eye to future publications, but also for press coverage and to fulfil ‘product placement’ agreements with expedition suppliers. Two of these brands are represented in this set: a happy explorer sits on clearly labelled packing cases in the ice, enjoying a can of Heinz baked beans with a spoon; and a curious penguin investigates two tins of Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup. Herbert Ponting left the Antarctic in February 1912, and in spite of the exceptional quality of his photographs and the public interest in the Antarctic, the tragic fate that befell the Polar Party curtailed Ponting’s planned lecture circuit with magic lantern slideshow, which would have generated much needed revenue for the photographer. As it stood, Ponting had agreed with Scott to collect royalties on the images only once the expedition debts had been paid, and after Scott’s death Ponting became embroiled in a longstanding legal battle with Scott’s widow over her inherited rights to these royalties. Many of his photographs were published, both in the official expedition narrative Scott’s Last Expedition and Ponting’s own account The Great White South. Indeed, in Ponting’s lifetime, selected images were offered for sale by the Fine Arts Society. Upon his death in 1935, the negatives and image rights were sold to cover his medical debts. The purchaser was Paul Popper, a Czech-born photojournalist, magazine writer and editor, and the expedition archive served as a foundation collection for his new image library, established in the previous year under the name Popperfoto. The Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge acquired the rights and negatives for the Ponting collection in 2005 for £533,000, and a press release from 2007 announced the merger of Popperfoto with Getty Images. These prints we believe to have been struck from the negatives some time in the 1950s.
109. [Postcard.] ‘Tottenham Carnival, 1909.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1909. £45 A real photographic postcard, showing a horse-drawn float with explorers, a Polar bear, and a sign that reads “The Polar Regions by F. Hilliger Bruce Grove”, somewhat faded, postally unused. This locally produced card shows one of the displays at the Tottenham Carnival for 1909. The Polar bear suggests the reference is to contemporary interest in Cook and Peary, but possibly also to Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition.
110. [Postcard.] Donald McGill. ‘You know, Miss Haybag, like all Explorers it is my ambition to penetrate parts where no man has been before!’ London: D. Constance, Ltd., n.d. c.. 1950s. £5 A humorous coloured postcard from a sketch, showing a man addressing a woman, postally used (9 Aug 51), slightly creased. Not a Polar theme as such, but a classic McGill postcard.
111. [Rae, John.] ‘Arctic Expedition.’ An article in The Annual Register, or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1847, pp. 382-86. London: Printed for F. & J. Rivington, 1848. £50 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, , [i, part title], 402, [11, Index]; very good and partly unopened in the original cloth, gilt, heavily sunned on spine. This volume of the Annual Register contains a notice of John Rae’s Arctic expedition, undertaken for the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Register gives a short section of background to the expedition, and then cites “the most important portion” from Rae’s report to the Company (section 2, pp. 382-6).
112. [Rasmussen, Knud.] atuagarssuarnitut okalugtuat pingârnerssait. kinersissok C. Møller … nugterisssok J. Kjer. Copenhagen: A Rosenberg, 1887. £125
107. [Ponting, Herbert G.] British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. Exhibition of the Photographic Pictures of Mr. Herbert G. Ponting, F.R.G.S. The New Gallery, 12 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh. London: The Fine Art Society, . £425 Small 8vo. pp. iv, (ads.), 24, v-viii (ads.); 8 plates; some heavy spotting, else good in the original wrappers, printed in red, a little browning to margins. Cf. Renard 184; not in Spence or Rosove. This is the very scarce catalogue for the exhibition of Ponting’s photographs that was first held at the Fine Art Society in London in the aftermath of Scott’s last expedition; the exhibition subsequently toured the country. In addition to reproducing eight of Ponting’s photographs, the catalogue also provides a complete list of photographs, with guides to size of the images and occasional additional information about the subjects. This is the first catalogue of the Edinburgh exhibition that we have seen.
108. [Postcard.] ‘Miss Madge Lessing.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1900s.
A photographic postcard with an inset portrait of Miss Madge Lessing against a Polar background incorporating a ship and rowing boat, postally used (Sheffield De 24 04), very good. Madge Lessing was a British singer and actor who spent time in North America, and later starred in film. This card was probably produced for her to distribute to fans (it is addressed by Ida B, Atkin on the front). The Polar landscape may refer to one of the plays in which she appeared.
First edition. Small 8vo. pp. 165, [1, errata]; one double-page map; minor age-toning, else good in contemporary plain cloth-backed boards. With the bookplate of Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen. Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933) was a Danish explorer and anthropologist. Born in Greenland, he led the Thule expeditions between 1912 and 1933, during which his team explored and investigated various aspects of Greenlandic geography and ethnology. The present work, which belonged to Rasmussen, offers extracts from the Bible translated into Greenlandic.
113. Rave, Christopher. Tagebuch von der verunglückten SchröderStranz-Expedition. Köln: Hermann & Friedrich Schaffstein, n.d. c. 1913? £75 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. 96, [4, pubs. ads.]; 12 illusts. to text, one folding map; minor age-toning, adhesion damage to text at pp. 54-55 with a loss of a few words, else good in the original printed card wrappers. Not in AB. The Schröder-Stranz Expedition to Spitsbergen was a preliminary test of men and equipment for a Northern Sea Route voyage planned for 1913. The German artist Christopher Rave (1881-1933) accompanied the expedition to document it in paintings and photographs; other members included the leader Herbert Schröder-Stranz, and Alfred Ritscher (later to lead a German expedition to the Antarctic). The expedition proved disastrous: having reached Nordkapp in Northeast Land in August 1912, the leader set off with a four-man sledge party to cross to Krossfjorden on the west of Svalbard, instructing the expedition ship to lay depots for them. The sledge party were never seen again, and the ship, trapped by ice, was beached. The remaining group of men split into several parties, and Rave and Hermann Rüdiger were eventually rescued by a search expedition under Arve Staxrud. The present work is Rave’s account of the expedition, illustrated from his sketches, issued as no. 49 in the Schaffsteins Grüne Bändchen series.
114. [Renneville, Contantin de.] A Collection of Voyages Undertaken by the Dutch East-India Company, for the improvement of Trade and Navigation. Containing an account of the several attempts to find out the North-East Passage, and their Discoveries in the East-Indies, and the South Seas. Together with an Historical Introduction, giving an account of the Rise, Establishment, and Progress of that great Body. Translated into English, and illustrated with several charts. London: Printed for W. Freeman . . ., 1703. £2,750 First English edition. 8vo. pp. , 336; 10 maps inc. 8 folding; tear with loss to lower outer margin of pp. 101-2 but not affecting text, otherwise very good in contemporary panelled calf, wear to joints, head of spine chipped with loss, rubbed to corners. Library pressmark to front blank [from the library of Sir William Earle Welby Gregory, first baronet (d. 1815), of Denton Manor, Lincolnshire]. Sabin 14401; Cox I.9; cf. Maggs Voyages & Travels II.1252. Renneville (1650-1723) was a French Protestant who moved to the Netherlands in 1699; he returned to France, but was imprisoned in the Bastille, and only released through the intervention of Queen Anne of England. His Recueil des Voyages qui ont servi à l’Etablissement et aux Progrès de la Compagnie des Indes Orientales first appeared in Amsterdam in 1702, itself based on an earlier work by Isaak Commelin. This is the only English edition of the important collection, which contains accounts of the earliest voyages of the Dutch to China and the East Indies, a description of Siberia, the voyage of the five Rotterdam ships which sailed in 1598 to the Strait of Magellan, and an account of Hudson’s first attempt to find the Northwest Passage. The maps show Novaya Zembla, Spitsbergen, the Cape of Good Hope, Madagascar, Java, St. Helena, and Mauritius.
115. Sabine, Edward. ‘Contributions to Terrestrial Magnetism - No. VI. Observations made on Board Her Majesty’s Ships Erebus and Terror, from June 1841 to August 1842, in the Antarctic Expedition under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S.’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 134 Part II (1844), pp. 87- 224. London: Richard and John E. Taylor, 1844. £150 First edition. 4to. pp. [v], -328, 28 (donations to the Society); 3 folding engraved maps of the Antarctic and 3 engraved diagrams on 2 sheets at rear relating to Sabine’s article, 6 other engraved plates relating to other articles in the same Part; embrowning to upper margins, spotting to some plates, else a good copy in the original printed wrappers, bumped to foot of spine partially affecting contents.
AB 15616. Scoresby (1789-1857), the son of a whaling captain, sailed in the Greenland seas on whaling expeditions every summer but one between 1803 and 1823. He built up a considerable knowledge of the Arctic, and corresponded with Joseph Banks on the possibility of a governmentsponsored Arctic expedition. After his wife’s death in 1822, he followed a church career, but maintained his interest in the Arctic. His Memorials of the Sea contains five sections, three of them based upon his whaling experiences, including an account of the loss of his whaling ship the Esk.
Part of Denucé 51 & Spence 2437. Sabine reports on the second year of Ross’s Antarctic expedition. Other articles in this same part volume include Boole’s “On a General Method in Analysis” and the Earl of Rosse’s observations on nebulae.
116. Scoresby, William. Memorials of the Sea. London: James Nisbet & Co., 1835. £650 First edition. 8vo. pp. x, 393; occasional minor spotting, else very good in contemporary half calf, gilt, some time rebacked with original spine laid down, a little worn.
117. Scoresby, William (1789-1857). An ALS to Dear Miss James, written from Sir John Maxwell’s, Bart., Polloc [sic], nr. Glasgow, Sept 27 . £195 8vo. 3pp., written in a clear hand, signed Wm. Scoresby, creased where folded, some time contained in an album with adhesive to final blank.
This letter, written from Sir John Maxwell’s home in Pollok near Glasgow, was presumably composed around the time of the 1855 meeting of the British Association in Glasgow, to which Scoresby refers in the letter. He also writes “I hope you received the pamphlet on Iron ships at last!”, a reference to his 1854 booklet The Compass in Iron Ships, and comments on the interest expressed in his suggestions for compasses by the ship-builders Napier.
118. [Scott, Captain Robert F.] [Postcard.] ‘Arctic Exploration Ship, “Discovery”.’ Debenham, Cowes, n.d. c. 1904. £25 A b&w photographic postcard, postally unused, VG. Wharton DI-11. Presumably, the caption should have read ‘Antarctic’ rather than ‘Arctic’,
119. Scott, Captain Robert F. Scott’s Last Expedition . . . Vol. I being the Journals of Captain R. F. Scott … Vol. II. being the Reports of the Journeys & the Scientific Work undertaken by Dr. E. A. Wilson and the Surviving Members of the Expedition. Arranged by Leonard Huxley. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1913. £475
First edition. 8vo. 2 vols. pp. xxvi, 633 & xiv, , 534; port. frontis. to both volumes, numerous black and white photographic plates, several coloured plates, large folding maps to both volumes & maps to text; some occasional foxing, light water-mark to edges of a couple of plates inc. frontis. to vol. I, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g. Spence 1056; Renard 1386; Rosove 290.A1. An account of Scott’s 1910-13 expedition during which he and his four companions died on their return from the South Pole. The book is based on Scott’s journals, recovered by the search party, and on contributions by other members of the expedition.
120. Scott, Captain Robert F. Scott’s Last Expedition. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1913.
First edition. 8vo. 2 vols. pp. xxvi, 633 & xiv, , 534; port. frontis. to both volumes, numerous black and white photographic plates, several coloured plates, large folding maps to both volumes & maps to text; some occasional foxing, occasionally heavy, else good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g., sometime rebacked with the original spines laid down. With, pasted in to a front blank, the clipped signatures of Robert F. Scott, E. R. G. R. Evans, H. R. Bowers, Edward A. Wilson, E. W. Nelson, Raymond Priestley, H. G. Ponting, and Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and additionally signed to the leaf by Griffith Taylor, Frank Debenham, C. S. Wright, and a loosely inserted leaf signed by Kathleen Scott and Wilfrid Bruce. A unique copy of the book, with a blank leaf at the front of the book bearing the signatures of not only Scott himself, but other members of the expedition, the loosely inserted leaf with the signature of his wife Kathleen and of her brother and expedition member Wilfrid Bruce.
121. [Scott, Captain Robert F.] Herbert G. Ponting. ‘Dr E. A. Wilson’, ‘E. Evans, R.N.’, and ‘H. R. Bowers’. [London: The Fine Arts Society], n.d. . £7,500 Together three large brown toned carbon print photographs, approx. 305 x 460mm., photographer’s blindstamp in the image, Fine Art Society label and titled on reverse of each, respectively numbered ‘141’, ‘145’ and ‘144’ in ink to verso, inscribed ‘Simpson’ on verso of each, all recently framed and glazed. Three iconic portraits by Ponting, the photographer with Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition. These fine examples of Ponting’s images belonged to George Simpson, a member of the expedition’s scientific staff who took command of the base camp at Cape Evans when Scott and the polar party left for the South Pole in October 1911. Simpson later compiled a three-volume work on the meteorology of the expedition. Simpson’s family sold these and several other Ponting photographs at auction over ten years ago. (The results of Simpson’s scientific work on the expedition appeared in three volumes see item 26 in this catalogue.)
122. [Scott, Captain Robert F.] ‘Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912’. A memorial plaque for Scott and his companions. N.p., n.d. c. 1913. £1,750
An embossed and engraved bronzed copper memorial plaque, approx. 27 x 37 cm., comprising four panels with scenes from the expedition surrounded by a border of decorative scroll work incorporating the names ‘Wilson’, ‘Oates’, ‘Scott’, ‘Bowers’, and ‘Evans’, roundel to each corner with portraits of Scott, his wife Kathleen, their son Peter, and the Scott monument, small roundel of the Terra Nova cat to centre, all set within the original ebonised frame, small engraved label with Horace’s lines “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”; slight surface abrasion to the panels, some chipping to the frame with loss, but still in good order. An elaborate memorial to Captain Scott and the four men who perished on their return from the South Pole in 1912. The panels are based on photographs taken during the expedition.
123. [Scott, Captain R. F. Scott.] [E. R. G. R. Evans.] Nottm. Mechanics Institute. Autumn Lectures 1913 … Tuesday, November 11th, Commander Evans, C.B., R.N., will tell the full story of Captain Scott’s Expedition. N.p. ?Nottingham, n.d. . £375 A large poster, approx. 22 x 35” (56 x 89cm.), heavily creased where sometime folded, laid down on Japanese paper, overall in very good condition. A poster advertising a course of lectures at the Nottingham Mechanics Institute in November, 1913. Evans had been second-in-command on Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, and on his return to Britain from the Antarctic Evans toured the country, lecturing almost daily from October for several months. His lecture in Nottingham is here advertised along with other lectures at the same venue.
124. [Scott, Captain Robert F.] [Postcard.] ‘A British Hero. Capt. R. F. Scott, R.N.’ N.p. [Millar & Lang, Glasgow], n.d. c. 1913. £35 A b&w postcard with inset portrait of Scott and a view of the Terra Nova from sketches, quotation from Scott at foot of card, minor soiling, postally unused.
Wharton XSM-2-a. A memorial card for Scott.
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125. Scottish National Antarctic Expedition. Report of the Scientific Results of the Voyage of S.Y. “Scotia” during the Years 1901, 1903, and 1904, under the leadership of William S. Bruce. Vol. III: Botany. Parts I-XI. Edinburgh: The Scottish Oceanographical Laboratory, 1912. £250 First edition. 4to. pp. ix, [i], 153; 1 chart, 12 plates; embrowning to endpapers, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, Scottish flag to spine, slightly rubbed. Denucé 1147; Spence 1079; Renard 1412; Rosove 52-1.A1. The scientific results of the SNAE were published in seven volumes between 1907 and 1920.
126. Scottish National Antarctic Expedition. Report of the Scientific Results of the Voyage of S.Y. “Scotia” during the Years 1901, 1903, and 1904, under the leadership of William S. Bruce. Vol. IV: Zoology. Part I - Zoological Log by David W. Wilson, J. H. Harvey Pirie, and R. N. Rudmose Brown. Edinburgh: The Scottish Oceanographical Laboratory, 1908. £250 First edition. 4to. pp. xiv, [i], 103, [1, errata leaf]; 33 plates from photos., 2 maps; occasional pencil annotations, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, Scottish flag to spine. Denucé 1205; Spence 1079; Renard 1412; Rosove 52-3.A1.
127. Seidenfaden, Gunnar. Notes on a Map of East Greenland from 73º00’ to 74º50’ N. Lat. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1931. £25 First edition. 8vo. pp. 29; 2 folding plates of panoramas, one folding map; very good in the original printed wrappers. Meddelelser om Grønland Bd. 87, no. 3. Results from the Danish expeditions to East Greenland of 1929 and 1930.
128. [Shackleton, Ernest H., L.C. Bernacchi, & A. CherryGarrard, eds.] The South Polar Times 1902-1911 Centenary Edition. Rochester: Orskey-Bonham-Niner [vols. 1-3) & SPRI/Bonham [vol. IV], 2002 & 2011. £750
128 with the additional volume IV, not published at the time. The South Polar Times, a cornerstone of any Antarctic exploration collection, reproduced in facsimile form the magazines issued during Scott’s two Antarctic expeditions. Sets of the original now command high sums. The present edition, issued for the Centenary of Scott’s first Antarctic expedition, offers a faithful facsimile of the original set, a particularly extraordinary feat in view of the high number of chromolithographed leaves and the illustrated nature of the original sets. The set includes the fourth volume, not published at the time, and here issued in the same format as the previous volumes for the first time.
129. [Shackleton, Ernest H. Postcard.] ‘Joyce, Dogs & Penguins.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1909. £75 A matt black and white photograph postcard showing expedition members in front of the hut with Mount Erebus as backdrop, postally used (cancelled Liverpool 11 Jun 12), and with to the verso reproduction of a letter from Shackleton endorsing Plasmon Biscuits, and a two-line advertisement for Plasmon printed in red above Shackleton’s note, rather soiled to verso. Wharton GA-3. One of a series of 12 issued for Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition (1907-9). Wharton notes that the endorsement can appear on the verso of any of the postcards from this series, though most examples we have seen are without it.
130. [Shackleton, Ernest H. Postcard.] ‘The Summit of Mount Erebus 13,350 Ft High.’ N.p., n.d. c.1909. £35 A matt b & w photographic postcard, captioned in white, postally used (Altringham Sp 11 11), slightly browned to verso. Wharton GA-10. This card shows four expedition members on the crater of Erebus.
Facsimile edition. 4to. 4 vols.; numerous coloured and black and white illustrations; new in the original blue cloth, gilt, coloured plate mounted to upper cover of each. Facsimile reprint of the first editions of 1907-14, one of 350 copies, together
postally unused, a little foxing to verso, else VG. Wharton GA-12. This image shows the four-man party of Wild, Shackleton, Marshall and Adams on the ‘Nimrod’ after their return from the expedition’s ‘farthest south’ in March 1909. The postcard has the same endorsement as item 129, but without the additional two-line ad. for Plasmon.
132. [Shackleton, Ernest H. Postcard.] ‘Lieutenant Shackleton Leader of the famous South Pole Expedition.’ E. A. Farnol [London], n.d. . £45 131
131. [Shackleton, Ernest H. Postcard.] ‘The Return of the Southern Party.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1909. £75
A high gloss sepia photographic portrait postcard of Shackleton, postally unused. Wharton GE-2. This card may have been on sale during the exhibition held aboard the Nimrod after its return to London from the British Antarctic Expedition in 1909.
A matt b & w photographic postcard, captioned in white to the image, with to the verso a facsimile letter from Shackleton endorsing Plasmon Biscuits,
133. [Shackleton, Sir Ernest H.] Reception-Dinner in honor of Sir Ernest H. Shackleton given by The Transportation Club New York Wednesday March thirtieth 1910. Dempsey & Carroll, NY, . £1,250 A large printed menu, approx. 232 x 24cm., 4pp., oval portrait of Shackleton to upper cover flanked by scenes from the Antarctic expedition and surmounting images of the expedition ship Nimrod and a motor car, printed menu on tipped in leaf to central pages, clipped signature of Shackleton pasted to foot of menu; some age-toning to rear wrapper, some surface wear to right margin of upper wrapper, stain from foot of glass to lower left border of upper wrapper, else good in self-wrappers with silk ties, partly split along spine. Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition proved a popular success, and in 1909 following the publication of his narrative of the expedition (The Heart of the Antarctic) Shackleton commenced an extensive lecture tour that began in Britain and continued on the Continent. On the 10th March, 1910, Shackleton and his wife Emily boarded the Lusitania for America, where they were received by President Taft at the White House on the 26th, before Shackleton lectured to a large crowd at the National Geographic Society. After several other engagements, including a welcome from the Explorers Club and an evening at Carnegie Hall, on the 30th Shackleton attended a dinner at the Hotel Manhattan given by the Transportation Club. This splendid menu was issued on that occasion, with scenes representing the Antarctic expedition, and prominence given to the modes of transport used by Shackleton and his men. Based at the Hotal Manhattan, the Transportation Club was founded in 1895 for the promotion of “sociability, literature and art” among “transportation men”, and its founding members included E. V. W. Rossiter & John Carstensen (both of the New York Central Railroad)
map; some spotting throughout, tear to inner margin of map but not effecting image, lower hinge cracked, good only in the original cloth, lettered in silver, vignette of the Endurance in silver to upper cover, worn to extremities, with, loosely inserted, Shackleton’s signature on a clipped section of notepaper. Renard 1461; Rosove 308.A2; cf. Spence 1107. Shackleton’s account of the Endurance expedition of 1914-17, illustrated by Frank Hurley’s photographs. This second impression appeared only a month after the first publication in November, 1919.
134 134. Shackleton, Ernest H. South. The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917. London: William Heinemann, 1919. £450 Second impression (a month after the first edition). 8vo. pp. xxi, 376; coloured frontispiece, b & w plates inc. many from photos., one folding
135. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] [Postcard.] ‘Shakleton MO Film.’ N.p. n.d. c. 1920s. £75 A real photographic postcard, showing an Antarctic landscape with a penguin to the foreground, slightly rubbed, postally unused. Not in Wharton. This postcard was apparently issued for a Hungarian screening of the film of ‘South’. We have seen one other example of this card, and another which shows the expedition members hauling the James Caird across the ice. Some lettering at the top right of the card reads “Cíty soks … Szinhási elét kiadása”.
136. [Shackleton, Sir Ernest H.] A small group of ephemera relating to the Quest farewell luncheon aboard the Cunard Line RMS Aquitania, Southampton, August 13, 1921. £3,250 Comprising: a printed menu, approx. 115 x 75mm., 4pp., signed to the rear cover by Shackleton, A. Harries, F. A. Worsley, Frank Wild, O. F. Gooch, W. E. Scott, Douglas G. Jeffrey, and John Q. Rowett; and three original photographs (one in the form of a real photographic postcard), the first annotated to verso ‘Luncheon table in Dining Saloon “Aquitania” Sir Ernest Shackleton & Guests 13th Aug. 1921’, the other two showing the Quest and captioned ‘“Quest” leaving Southampton 13/8/21’ and ‘Stern view of “Quest” showing flag presented by H.M. the King’; all contained in a plain envelope marked “Personal” and addressed O. Harries Esq. c/o The Cunard S.S. Co. Ltd., Maritime Chambers, Canute Road, Southampton. Shackleton’s last Antarctic expedition aboard the Quest was largely funded by a donation from his schoolfriend John Quiller Rowett; the expedition became the Shackleton-Rowett expedition. After her purchase in late 1920, the Quest was docked in Southampton for preparation, and she sailed from there on the 13th August, 1921. A send-off luncheon was given for members of the expedition aboard the Cunard Line RMS Aquitania, The present menu, and photographs taken on that occasion, seem to have been prepared for O. Harries, of the Cunard Steamship Company. The menu for the luncheon was signed by Sir Ernest Shackleton himself, expedition members Worsley, Wild, and Jeffrey (navigator and magnetician), the expedition sponsor John Rowett, Harries, and two others (perhaps also members of the Cunard Steamship Company). The dining table display for the luncheon as shown in one of the accompanying photographs is amusing - the table top has large penguin figures at each place setting, with a central iceberg arrangement; examples of the menu can also be seen at each setting.
137. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] [Photograph.] ‘The “Quest” starting on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s last Antarctic Expedition.’ £45 A snapshot photograph of the ‘Quest’, approx. 2” square (55mm.), mounted to an album leaf and captioned by hand, two unrelated images to verso of leaf. A contemporary image of the Shackleton-Rowett expedition ship taken from a personal photograph album.
138. [Shackleton, Ernest H. Postcard.] ‘The “Quest” R.Y.S. opened for inspection in aid of the Mayor’s Charities.’ N.p. [?Southsea], n.d. c. 1921. £75 A b&w matt photo. postcard, captioned in white at foot, postally unused, VG. Wharton OA-2. The Shackleton-Rowett expedition ship the Quest was moored at St. Katherine’s Dock in London before her departure. According to Wharton, this and a similar card were produced in Southsea by Stephen Cribb.
139. [Shackleton, Sir Ernest H.] Grand Super-Cinema, Westbourne. Commencing Monday, April 23rd, for one week only, Shackleton’s Last Antarctic Expedition Southward on the “Quest” A Superb Moving Picture Record of Adventure and Endurance. N.p., n.d. c. 1923. £275 A small leaflet, 4pp., printed in red and black, illust. of the Quest to first page, illustration incorporating press opinions to second page, Kipling’s poem ‘If’ to third page, and illusts. from the expedition to final page; marginal age-toning, minor chips to extremities, else in good condition. This leaflet for the cinema at Westbourne, Bournemouth, advertises the film of Shackleton’s last Antarctic expedition aboard the Quest. The leaflet reprints Kipling’s poem ‘If’, explaining that this was the poem”engraved on a brass plate - the first thing that met the eye on going aboard the Quest”. The leaflet also announces that “A Patriotic Bournemouth Gentleman has kindly given a Donation of £100 in order that all Scholars under the age of 16 may view this Wonderful Picture”,
140. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] [Griffith, Arthur Stewart.] “Griff”. Surrendered Some Naval War Secrets. By “Griff” (A.S.G.). Published by the Author, Cross Deep, Twickenham, n.d. ?1926. £150 First edition. Large 8vo. pp. [x], 246; numerous illusts. from photos., sketches, maps, etc.; a little foxing, minor browning to endpapers, else near-fine in the original cloth, gilt, German Kriegsmarine flag to upper board, in the original dust-wrapper with photo. illust. of the author mounted to upper cover, slightly chipped. With an accompanying letter signed from the author about the book. Griffith served during the First World War with the 10th Cruise Squadron, and this memoir serves to record the Squadron’s activities. The chapters include an account of Lord Kitchener’s last days, and details of the British Navy’s involvement in Northern Russia after the Revolution. A section is devoted to “My Chum Shackleton”, and Griffith relates details of his childhood friendship with the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, and their meeting in late 1917 in Invergordon when Shackleton was en route back to Russia. They met again and for a final time, in London, when Shackleton was lecturing at the Philharmonic Hall. The illustrations include an image of the Quest, and a portrait of Shackleton.
141. Simmonds, P. L. The Arctic Regions and Polar Discoveries during the Nineteenth Century with an Account of the New British Exploring Expedition fitted out in 1875, its Objects and Prospects. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1875. £50 10th edition. 8vo. pp. [i, half-title], xvi, 387, [12, pubs. cat.]; frontis., additional vign. title, folding map, stains to fore-edge of frontis., addn. title and map, two leaves coming loose (pp. 167-170), spotting to front and rear, previous owner’s inscriptions at front, good in the original printed boards, marked and worn with loss to head of spine. AB 16100. Simmonds’ overview of the history of Arctic exploration, culminating in the Franklin expedition and the searches for it, first appeared in Britain in 1851, and subsequently went through several editions. This tenth edition contains additional chapters on the Nares Arctic expedition that had not appeared in previous editions.
142. Skattum, Dr. O. J. Sydpol-Forskning en Utsigt over dens Utvikling gjennem Tiderne. Christiania: I Kommission Hos H. Aschehoug & Co., 1912. £45 First edition. 8vo. pp. [viii], 120; frontis. of Amundsen’s South Pole team, maps and illusts. to text, single-page map at rear; very good in the original printed wrappers, chipped to head and tail of spine, bumped to lower outer corners partially affecting contents. Taurus 74; Rosove 1286. “The first substantial publication in Norway to herald Amundsen’s discovery of the Pole, an event which brought an enhanced sense of national identity to the recently independent country” (Taurus).
143. Smith, R. Angus. To Iceland in a Yacht. Privately Printed by Edmonston & Douglas, Edinburgh, May 1873. £375 First edition. 8vo. pp. ix, 153; frontis. and 10 autotype plates, 2 folding plans; one plate sometime loose with minor soiling to margins (now reinserted), previous owner’s bookplate, else very good in the original cloth, gilt. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed “To Dr. Samuel Ferguson with kind regards R. Angus Smith a merely private book not published”. An account of a voyage from Scotland to Iceland aboard the Nyanza, with a company that included her owner James Young and four of his children, Agnes Livingstone (daughter of the explorer David Livingstone), and the writer.
144. [Solberg, Thor.] A silver spoon commemorating Solberg’s flight from the USA to Norway in 1935. Made in Norway, .£95 A silver spoon, approx. 4.5” in length (115mm), portrait of Solberg to end of handle surmounting the Norwegian flag and an aeroplane, sketch map to bowl showing Solberg’s route from USA to Norway captioned “ÅR 1935”, slightly tarnished, marks to back of handle where some time labels attached, else good. Solberg made the first successful flight from the USA to Norway, following a route via Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Bergen.
145. Stefánsson, Vilhjálmur. My Life with the Eskimo. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1921. £125 Reprint. 8vo. pp. ix, 538; frontis., photo. illusts., one folding map; half-title partly loose, minor age-toning, rear hinge cracked, good in the original cloth. A presentation copy, from Stefánsson to Charles Swithinbank, inscribed to half-title “For Charles W. M. Swithinbank from his colleague in northern studies Vilhjálmur Stefánsson, April 23/57” and with a note by the author to the title page “Charles: I didn’t want to give you a copy with this wretched frontispiece but could find no other Steff Aug 23/57”. AB 16832. Stefánsson spent the winter of 1906-7 with the Inuit of the Mackenzie Delta, and subsequently spent the years 1908 to 1912 on an ethnographic survey with R. M. Anderson on the Central Arctic coasts of North America. The present work, first published in 1913, contains Stefånsson’s account of these expeditions. This copy he presented to the glaciologist Charles Swithinbank, a member of the Norwegian-BritishSwedish Antarctic expedition of 1949-52 who in the later 1950s worked on the measurement of sea ice for the Canadian government.
146. Stefánsson, Vilhjálmur. The Standardization of Error. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1928. £50 First UK edition. Small 8vo. pp. 110, [1, ads.]; very good in the original cloth-backed boards, paper label to spine (small chip), sunned on spine. Inscribed by the author “For Mary - - as of Christmas, 1954, to have room to Xmas 1955 - - from Stef ‘Actually’ Oct 11/55 With special reference to pages 7-23”, and with Stefansson’s further handwritten comments on pp. 7 & 23. Stefansson wrote this extended essay as a discussion of the nature of knowledge and its standardisation for the general reader; it was first published in 1927 in the USA, and appeared in this UK version for the Psyche Miniatures General Series.
147. Stephenson, Alfred & the Rev. W. L. S. Fleming. ‘King George the Sixth Sound.’ Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, vol. XCVI no. 3, September 1940. £35 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. -166; two leaves of photo. illusts., one large folding map; minor foxing, good in the original printed wrappers, creased, library ink classmark to upper wrapper. Spence 2466. King George the Sixth Sound, which lies between Alexander Island and the Antarctic peninsula, was discovered by Lincoln Ellsworth in 1935 on a flight over the region. Members of the British Graham Land Expedition explored it, and the expedition leader John Rymill named it. Two members of the expedition here describe its exploration.
148. [Sugden, John.] Two photographs of Sugden taken in Greenland in the 1930s. £20 Together two b&w photographs, each approx. 3 1/4 x 5” (85 x 125mm), one showing Sugden with a glacier in the background, the other Sugden and two other expedition members; marginal tear and creasing to right margin of second image, else VG, annotated in pen and pencil to rear. Sugden took part in the Oxford University Greenland expeditions of the 1930s.
149. Sutherland, Peter C. Journal of a Voyage in Baffin’s Bay and Barrow Straits, in the Years 1850-1851, performed by H.M. Ships “Lady Franklin” and “Sophia”, under the command of Mr. William Penny, in search of the missing crews of H.M. ships Erebus and Terror: with a Narrative of sledge excursions on the ice of Wellington Channel; and Observations on the Natural History and physical features of the Countries and frozen seas visited. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852. £2,500 First edition. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. lii, 506 & viii, 363, ccxxxiii; 4 coloured lithographs, 2 uncoloured lithographs of fossils, 2 folding maps, wood-engs. to text; some foxing, tears to folds of maps neatly repaired, Merewether crest stamped in blind to each title-page, good in contemporary half calf, spines elaborately gilt, boards a little scuffed, an attractive set. Sabin 93963; AB 19231; NMMC I:905. Sutherland served as surgeon-naturalist on Captain William Penny’s Franklin search expedition. The two ships sailed through Davis Strait to the west coast of Greenland, through Baffin Bay, Lancaster Sound to Cornwallis Island. They wintered at Assistance Harbour, conducting from there boat and sledge journeys in Barrow Strait and around Wellington Channel on the shores of Devon, Beechey and Cornwallis Islands. Sutherland participated in some of the sledge journeys, and his account offers details of these and other findings from the expedition.
151. [Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-3. Postcard.] ‘Recuerdo de la Expedition Argentina. Alferez de Navio D. Jorge Yalour Oficial de derrota.’ N.p. [Buenos Aires:] Casa Editora: Bolivar 260, n.d. c. 1903. £45 150
A composite sepia blue postcard with inset portrait of Yalour, postally addressed but not posted, VG. Wharton CD-3. This card features Yalour, chief navigator on the Uruguay.
152. [Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-3. Postcard.] ‘Recuerdo de la Expedition Polar Argentina. Los Marinereos de la Cañonera Uruguay.’ N.p. [Buenos Aires:] Casa Editora: Bolivar 260, n.d. c. 1903. £45 152
150. [Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-3. Postcard.] ‘Recuerdo de la Expedition Argentina. Tte. de Navio D. Juilán Irizar Jefe de la Expedicion.’ N.p. [Buenos Aires], n.d. c. 1903. £45 A composite sepia blue postcard with inset portrait of Irizar, postally used in 1953 with commemorative 50th annivsary stamp and cancel to recto (dated 2 Oct. 53), stained to one corner. Wharton CD-1-a. This was one of a series of six cards printed to celebrate the Argentinian crew of the Uruguay, the ship sent to rescue Nordensjöld’s Swedish Antarctic expedition. This card, which shows the relief expedition leader, Irizar, was later restamped for the fiftieth anniversary of the event.
A matt b&w photo. postcard, postally used (Agost 1904), trimmed to margins, a little browned. Wharton CE-3. An image of the crew from the gunboat Uruguay.
153. [Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-3. Postcard.] ‘Triunfo de la Marina Argentina. Recuerdo de la Expedicion al Polo Sud.’ N.p., n.d. . £95 A composite blue-toned photographic postcard, incorporating portraits of the crew of the Uruguay and an image of the ship, postally used (Buenos Aires cancel), in very good condition. Wharton CF-1. Another postcard celebrating the success of the Uruguay: this example features portraits of the captain Irizar, senior crew members Hermelo, Yalour, Bertodano and Carminatti, and a group portrait of the seamen on board.
154. [Tilman, H. W.] South Indian Ocean Expedition to Heard Island 1964-65 and Patanela. An expedition postcard, signed by Bill Tilman, Phil Temple, Graham Budd, John Crick, Warwick Deacock, Malcolm Hay, Tony Hill, Russ Pardoe, Colin Putt, and Ed Reid. £150 An official photographic postcard, with image of Mawson Peak on Heard Island and inset image of Patanela to recto, signatures to verso, Australian 5c stamp with Albany, W. Australia, cancel, Kerguelen cachet, one expedition Heard Island cachet, slightly age-toned to verso, else good, sold with a copy of Roving Commissions No. 6 (1966), containing Tilman’s own account of the expedition (’A Voyage to Heard Island’, pp. 163-175). Bill Tilman’s crew aboard the Patanela sailed to Kerguelen and on to Heard Island, where they made a successful ascent of Mawson Peak. Philip Temple described the expedition in his The Sea and the Snow (1966), and Tilman devoted a chapter to it in his Mostly Mischief (1966), and also wrote an article for the collection of sailing logs Roving Commissions included here. This official expedition postcard is very uncommon, and this example was addressed to Major D. Deacock C/o Tottenham Hotspur - apparently a relation of expedition member Warwick Deacock, who has signed with his nickname instead of his usual signature.
155. [Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58.] Share Certificate. Offset by C. M. Banks Ltd., n.d. . £250 A large certificate for a One pound (£1) subscription towards the cost of the expedition, approx. 30 x 26 cm., printed in green showing a schematic map of the Antarctic with the expedition route, inset portrait of Hillary, Antarctic motifs, all within a rope border, slight spotting and minor fraying to margins, unused but signed by Edmund Hillary and George Lowe to the lower margin. The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition was funded in a variety of ways, and among the most striking was the issue of the “Share in Adventure” certificates, an idea first proposed by A. S. Helm, Secretary of the Ross Sea Committee. According to Helm’s account, “Three varieties of share certificates could be purchased; one of 5s. for school children, one for £1, and one for any amount over £1” (Helm & Miller, Antarctica . . . The story of the New Zealand Party of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1964, p. 61). This unused £1 share formed part of George Lowe’s library, who signed it along with Hillary.
156. [Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58.] Share Certificate (over £1). Offset by C. M. Banks Ltd., n.d. . £25 An unused share certificate for a greater than One pound (£1) subscription towards the cost of the expedition, approx. 30 x 26 cm., printed in blue with a schematic map of the Antarctic showing the expedition route, inset portrait of Hillary and Antarctic motifs all within a rope border, slightly creased, contemporary newspaper cutting relating to the Antarctic Treaty pasted to verso, else VG. An example of the certificate “for any amount over £1”.
157. [Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58.] A press photograph of Fuchs. c. 1958. £35 A b & w photograph, approx. 25.5 x 20cm., inkstamp of Central Press Photos. Ltd. to verso, mimeoed explanatory text pasted to verso, VG. The text to the verso is headed “Good progress by Dr. Fuchs 11.2.58”, and concludes “This picture just received from the Antarctic shows the bearded Dr. Fuchs”.
158. [Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58.] ‘Dr. Vivian Fuchs, Leader - Trans-Antarctic Expedition.’ World Copyright of TransAntarctic Expedition, n.d. c. 1956. £15 A glossy b&w real photographic postcard, image somewhat creased, postally unused, signed on verso Capt. G. S. Tuck R.N. Wharton TA-1. One of seven postcards produced by the expedition, all of them fairly uncommon.
160 159. [Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58.] 10th Anniversary Antarctic Treaty … First Day of Issue. N.p., 1971. £150 A philatelic cover, approx. 16.5 x 9cm., vignette of polar explorers and small inset map to recto, US 8c. Antarctic Treaty stamp with cancel and Washington D.C. cachet, slightly crinkled. Signed to the recto by Vivian Fuchs and E. P. Hillary, leaders of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
160. [Transantarctic Expedition. Playing cards.] A double deck of playing cards commemorating the Transantarctic Expedition 1958. Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, 1958. £200
A double deck of cards, each mint and unopened in the original wrapping with cellophane window, contained as issued in the original box with hunged lid, crest of the Worshipful Company in gilt to lid, further contained in the original cardboard packing box which is slightly worn and soiled. This commemorative double deck of playing cards shows the meeting of Fuchs and Hillary at the South Pole. The packs have not been opened, and we assume that they each is complete with 52 cards, joker, and portrait of the Master of the Worshipful Company.
This petition to the Lords of Council and Session concerns the will of Robert Glass, whereby he bequeathed two shares in the whaling vessels the Dee and the Don, of the port of Aberdeen, and two further shares in the whale vessels the Three Brothers and the Calypso, of Dundee, to his nieces Catherine and Margaret Glass. The legacy was contested by James Glass, of Jamaica. All four ships were Arctic whalers.
163. [Young, Allen William.] ‘The Search for John Franklin. (From the Private Journal of an Officer of the “Fox”)’ in The Cornhill Magazine, vol. I, January to June 1860, pp. 96-121. £125 First edition. 8vo. pp. vii, 760; one wood-eng. plate and a folding chart relating to Young’s article; slight spotting, else very good in original cloth, gilt, rubbed, very slightly faded on spine. Though anonymously contributed to the first volume of The Cornhill Magazine, Young’s DNB entry attributes the present article to him. Young was invited to accompany M’Clintock aboard the Fox as navigating officer; he accepted, but declined a salary and instead put forward £500 towards the cost of the expedition.
161. [Wager.] Jane Hargreaves, ed. L. R. Wager. A Life 19041965. [Printed for the author, 1991]. £75 First and only edition. 8vo. pp. vii, 141; illusts. to text; a fine copy in the original printed wrappers, signed by editor to title-page. Lawrence Wager participated in the 1933 Everest expedition, and also three expeditions to Greenland (’Gino’ Watkins’ 1930-1 BAARE, Mikkelsen’s Mikki Expedition in 1932 and the 1935-6 British East Greenland Expedition, which he led). This account of his life, based on his letters, MSS and interviews with those who had known him, was compiled by his daughter “mainly for his descendants so that they can come to know more of who he was and what he did in life”.
162. [Whaling.] The Petition of John Ireland of Nether Urquhart, and Robert Low of Fordel, surviving Trustees of the deceased Robert Glass, sometime Merchant in Perth . . . James Walker, Printer, 1833. £35 A bifolium, approx. 9 x 11”, printed to three pages, with MS note to margin of p. 3 and further MS note of the judgement given to final blank; worn and soiled, folded, central fold with loss of a few letters.
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