• Rare Original 1910 Explorers Club Luncheon Menu; held in honor of and signed by Ernest H. Shackleton in addition to Explorers Club President Robert E. Peary

    Shackleton, Ernest Henry and Robert E. Peary.

    Ernest Henry Shackleton and Robert E. Peary Signed Explorers Club Luncheon Menu.


    Rare original dinner menu from the historic luncheon tendered to Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton by The Explorers Club at the Hotel Astor, New York on Tuesday, March 29th 1910. Small octavo, original wrappers, one-page menu with a black and white portrait of Shackleton tipped in. Signed by Shackleton, “E.H. Shackleton” and American Admiral Robert E. Peary, “R.E. Peary” below the portrait. American Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary made several expeditions to the Arctic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is widely recognized as the first person to reach the geographic North Pole with his expedition on April 6, 1909. Nearly one year prior, on January 16th 1909, Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition team established a new record Farthest South latitude 97 geographical miles from the magnetic South Pole, the largest advance to the pole in exploration history. Although the party fell short of reaching the true pole, they returned home to public honors from King Edward VII and the Royal Geographical Society. In March of 1910, Shackleton arrived in New York where he was honored by the Explorer’s Club of which Peary had recently become President. The luncheon was described by The New York Times as “…an informal one, designed to give Sir Ernest an opportunity of meeting the men in this country who have worked on the same lines as he has. Commander Peary, President of the club, was in the chair and hanging on the wall behind him between the Stars and Stripes and the blue ensign of the British Royal Naval Reserve, in which Shackleton is a Lieutenant, were the sledge and snowshoes used in the North Pole expedition.” In near fine condition. An exceptional association linking two great leaders of polar exploration.

    Price: $10,000.00

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    Shackleton, Ernest H.

    The Heart of the Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909.

    London: William Heinemann, 1909.

    Rare first edition, Special Limited Large Paper Issue of Shackleton’s account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, number 97 of only 300 copies printed. Quarto, bound in full (Heart of the Antarctic) and half (Antarctic Book) vellum, top edges gilt. First and only edition of The Antarctic Book, with the signatures of every member of the party, including Ernest Shackleton. Additionally inscribed by Shackleton in volume one on the front free endpaper, “To Sir Edward Goschen with kindest regards from the author E.H. Shackleton Berlin 1911.” The recipient Sir Edward Goschen, 1st Baronet was a British diplomat, who served as an ambassador to Belgrade, Copenhagen, Belgrade, Vienna and Berlin. With 16 mounted color plates, photographic frontispieces and over 200 additional illustrations including drawings and photographic plates. Three folding maps and a folding panorama enclosed in the rear pocket of Volume II. The Antarctic Book, which includes the 16 signatures of the shore party, was issued only with this Limited Edition of The Heart of the Antarctic and has never been reprinted. It contains reproductions of drawings done by the party, including four mounted color portraits, the poem “Erebus” by Shackleton and the whimsical story “Bathybia” by Douglas Mawson, also a member of the party. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In fine condition with a touch of wear. A superior example, rare and desirable signed twice by Shackleton.

    Price: $45,000.00

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