Antarctic Days: Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life, by Two of Shackleton's Men
Copyright: 2012, UK
Specifications: Ltd numbered ed #280, 4to, pp.ix, xxi, 200, 4 color plates, 29 bw photo plates, 7 sketch plates, 18 text illus, cover w/ framed paper depicting an iceberg, gilt lettered title & stamped signatures of the authors, light blue cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new
A fine, facsimile edition produced in a limited edition of 280 copies to match the very scarce original De Luxe edition of ‘Antarctic Days’. Sir Ernest Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition (1907-09) produced three deluxe, limited-edition, books – Aurora Australis (approx. 80 copies), The Heart of the Antarctic (300 copies), and Antarctic Days (280 copies). The authors cover a wide variety of aspects of the expedition from their initial voyage southward to expedition stories and verse. The original limited editions were each signed by Murray, Marston, and Shackleton and were produced with two variants of dust jacket. One variant indicated an edition of 250 copies, the other had no indication of the limitation. This facsimile edition follows the format of the 250 copies jacket. In his Preface to the book, Shackleton wrote this is ‘the first time an unofficial, and therefore more human document, is presented to the public. …I would advise any one who wants to get to the kernel of the life of the Polar explorer to read the book.’ Copies of the original edition, when available, are typically over $7000. This new edition includes a five-page Introduction. A cornerstone work for any Antarctic collection. See Conrad pg.145, Renard 1121, Rosove 236.A1.c, Spence 830.