Rare First Edition of Ernest Shackleton's South. The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition: 1914-1917
South. The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition: 1914-1917.
Item Number: 93577
London: William Heinemann, 1919.
First edition, first issue of Shackleton’s own account of his ill-fated expedition, with folding map at rear, in-text maps and illustrations, and 87 black-and-white plates, most after photographs by Frank Hurley. Octavo, original publisher’s blue cloth, upper cover lettered and stamped with image of Endurance in silver, color frontispiece, numerous plates, large folding map, errata slip. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Ernest Shackleton embarked in 1914 in the Endurance to make the first crossing of the Antarctic continent—1800 miles from sea to sea. But 1915 turned into an unusually icy year in Antarctica; after drifting trapped in the ice for nine months, the Endurance was crushed in the ice on October 27. “Shackleton now showed his supreme qualities of leadership…with five companions he made a voyage of 800 miles in a 22-foot boat through some of the stormiest seas in the world, crossed the unknown lofty interior of South Georgia, and reached a Norwegian whaling station on the north coast. After three attempts… Shackleton succeeded (30 August 1916) in rescuing the rest of the Endurance party and bringing them to South America” (DNB). Rosove 308.A2; Spence 1107; Taurus 105.2.
Other Books by this Author
"I would advise anyone who wants to get to the kernel of the life of a Polar explorer to read the book": Edition De Luxe of Antarctic Days; Signed by Shackleton, Murray and Marston
Antarctic Days. Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life by Two of Shackleton’s Men: Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
London: Andrew Melrose, 1913.
Limited edition de luxe, numbered 205 of 280 copies signed on the recto of the limitation leaf by E.H. Shackleton, James Murray and George Marston. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel with a mounted color illustration, top edge gilt, 4 mounted color plates after watercolors by C. Day, 34 photo illustrations on 28 plates. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, most copies have been rebound. Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
First Edition of Shackletons Classic Account The Heart of the Antarctic in the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Philadelphia: J. P. Lippincott Company, 1909.
First editions of Shackleton’s fascinating account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909. Large octavos, 2 volumes, original blue cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jackets with light wear and a few unnecessary tape repairs. Contains three partly colored folding maps & 2 panoramas on 1 folding sheet in rear pocket, 2 photogravure frontispieces and 12 color plates. Examples of Heart of the Antarctic in jacket are rare, with only one example of the American edition dust jackets appearing at auction in the last 50 years.
Rare autograph transmittal letter signed and in the hand of British polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
Rare autograph transmittal letter signed and in the hand of British polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. The letter reads, “Dear Sir Edward Goschen, I am just in Berlin for the day passing through to Breslau and I take this opportunity of sending you this copy of my book…I hope you will find time to read it. Believe me yours sincerely, E. H. Shackleton.” The recipient Sir Edward Goschen, 1st Baronet was a British diplomat, who served as an ambassador to Belgrade, Copenhagen, Vienna and Berlin. In near fine condition with light toning. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Shackleton. The entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 14.5 inches.
LIMITED DELUXE FIRST EDITION OF ERNEST SHACKLETON’S HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC AND THE ANTARCTIC BOOK: SIGNED BY HIM AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDITION; AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY SHACKLETON
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.
Rare Autograph note Signed by Twelve Members of the Quest Expedition including Shackleton, Wild, Macklin, Hussey and others
Shackleton, Ernest Henry. Frank Wild, Alexander Macklin, Leonard Hussey, Frank Worsely, Douglas George Geoffrey, James Dell, L. R. Rickinson, Harold Watts, John Charles Bee-Mason.
Rare autograph note signed by each of the primary members of the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition, including: Ernest Henry Shackleton, Frank Wild, Alexander Macklin, Leonard Hussey, Frank Worsely, Douglas George Geoffrey, James Dell, L. R. Rickinson, Harold Watts, John Charles Bee-Mason. The note measures 7.25 inches by 6.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Exceptionally rare.
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat": Rare First Edition of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich; Signed by Him
CT: Ralston Society, 1937.
First edition of this classic bestseller, which has sold over 100 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This is the first example of a first printing we have seen signed. Rare and desirable.
“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.