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The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 including the signed "Antarctic Book"
Wm. Heinemann,, London: 1909 - A fine copy of the special deluxe edition limited to 300 copies, issued on large paper, bound uniformly in vellum with the 3rd volume "The Antarctic Book", which is signed by all the members of the Shore Party. This expedition reached the South Magnetic Pole on a sledding journey, 100 miles from the South Pole. They were also the first to ascend and survey Mt. Erebus. 3 vols, thick demy 4to. Spence 1096. It has recently been ascertained that there are at least 2 states to this limited edition, and this is the corrected state of "The Antarctic Book". The differences lie in the contents page and the typesetting of the "Erebus" poems. In the first state, Shackleton's poem "Erebus" is mistakenly divided into 2 poems. The contents page lists 4 items ("Erebus" and "Aurora Australis", both by Shackleton, "Bathybia" by Mawson, and the "Signature of Every Member of the Shore Party"). The poem "Erebus" finishes at the 8th line of the 2nd page, and the poem "Aurora Australis" commences on a separate page with the line "They, weary, wayworn, and sleepless,.". In the corrected state, Shackleton's poem "Erebus" appears as he intended it. Only 3 items are listed on the contents page ("Erebus" by Shackleton, "Bathybia" by Mawson, and the "Signature of Every Member.") and the text of "Erebus" is combined with that of the erroneous "Aurora Australis". In correcting this mistake, the page count was reduced by one leaf. Vol I (xlviii) 372 pp, mounted photogravure portrait frontis, 6 mounted col. plts, 105 pp ills (3 double) & 11 ills in text- Vol II (xvi) 420 pp, mounted frontis, 7 mounted col. plts, 94 pp ills (l double), 3 fold. maps & 2 fold. panoramas in pocket - Vol III 56 pp, last blank, 4 mounted col. portraits from crayon drawings of Shackleton, Jameson Boyd Adams, Dr. Eric Marshall & Frank Wild, 6 original etchings & tipped-in at front 2 decorated pages containing the original signatures of the Shore Party. Orig. vellum spine & gray hardboard covers, gilt title & "sign of the penguin" emblem on the cover. Printed on special Van Gelder paper watermarked "1907 BAE 1909", top edge gilt, uncut. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABAA]
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