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
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.