The South Polar Times
First Edition Four Volume Set — Very Scarce
By Shackleton, E.H., Scott, Robert F., E.H.; Skelton, R.W.; Bernacchi, L.; & Cherry-Garrard, A.
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1907â€“14, 1907. 4 Volumes, Quarto â€” 4to â€” 28.2 cm., Volumes I and II published in 1907, Volume III published in 19014 and Volume IV slightly larger at 28.7 cm and published in 2010 by The Scott Polar Research Institute. Publisherâ€™s original navy blue ribbed cloth, titles bright gilt to spines and upper boards, inset coloured pictorial decoration to upper boards within gilt rope-twist borders, all edges bright gilt. Profusely illustrated with chromolithographic and black-and-white plates by Edward Wilson and others of the expedition with being some mounted, several photographs by Herbert Ponting, illustrations in text including caricatures and silhouettes of expedition members. Collation complete for Rosove 287.A1. A remarkably well-preserved set with only minor wear to extremities and beginning foxing only to preliminary blank leaves. No prior ownership markings, no restoration, binding tight and secure. Volumes I and II limited to 250 copies, these both numbered 146, and Volume III limited to 350, this numbered 79. Volume IV limited to 500 copies with this numbered 287. All volumes complete and in Near Fine to Fine condition.
The South Polar Times was an exact reproduction of the original which appeared month by month during the winters of 1902 and 1903, edited by Sir Ernest Shackleton and Louis Bernacchi, with articles, stories, poems and drawings supplied by various members of the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04, aka Robert Falcon Scott’s “Discovery” expedition, and edited by Cherry-Garrard, with contributions from members of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13. This is an excellent set of volumes of this important record of the human side of life and existence during the Heroic Era of south polar exploration. Very Scarce. Books on Ice 7.7; Spence 1094; Taurus 42 & 79; Rosove 287.A1.