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Shackleton's Last Voyage: The Story of the Quest.
From the Official Journal and Private Diary kept by Dr. A.H. Macklin. First edition; 8vo, original pictorial blue cloth, upper cover with border in black, central panel with image of ship in black, white and gilt and lettered in black, spine lettered in gilt. With a coloured frontispiece, numerous maps and over 100 illustrations from photographs. F.A. Worsley's copy with his signature to half-title and later inscription in James Marr's hand: "Presented to me by Mrs Jean Worsley about 10 years ago." Frank Worsley DSO OBE served on Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1916, as captain of the Endurance. Worsley's navigation skills would guide the James Caird under most extreme and almost impossible conditions, to South Georgia. A journey of around 800 miles and regarded as was one of the greatest feats of navigation in maritime history. Worsley also accompanied Shackleton and Crean on the first ever over-land crossing of South Georgia. The lure of Antarctica was too strong for Shackleton to resist, so he started his fourth and final trip in the ill suited Quest in 1921, with (as always) wildly ambitious objectives. Worsley was the master of the Quest and also the expedition's hydrographer. However, when Shackleton died suddenly in South Georgia, Wild took charge of what remained, resulting in this handsome publication reproducing the last photographs of Shackleton to have been taken. James Marr was an 18 year old Boy Scout and a member of the Quest expedition, as publicity organised by the Daily Mail. He was obliged to put his name to a ghosted book, under a contract arranged by Shackleton. He eventually became an explorer in his own right. A nice copy rarely found in this condition, a little wear to the extremities and the lower cover has a small light damp-stain.
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