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173. Shackleton, Ernest H. My South Polar Expedition by Lieut. E.H. Shackleton.Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.: National phonograph Co., [recorded 30 March, 1909].


A wax cylinder recording, approx. 105 x 55mm, contained within original paper-covered cardboard tube with cover titled ‘Edition Amberol Record’, title of recording to top of lid, the lettering to the latter slightly erased, else in very good condition.

This rare ephemeral item contains a 4-minute recording of Shackleton’s voice, taken in New Zealand a week after his return from the British Antarctic Expedition (1907-09). Shackleton offers an overview of the expedition’s achievements. Examples of the cylinder are very rare and this particular copy is in very good original condition. Also supplied is a cd copy of the recording.

174. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] [Postcard.] ‘Lieutenant Shackleton’s ship “Nimrod” leaving New Zealand for the Antarctic.’ N.p., n.d. [1909].

£75 36

A monochrome matt photographic postcard, image overlaid with additional caption “Oxo for Stamina”, printed product endorsement by Shackleton to verso, postally unused, slight discolouration to right hand portion of image, else good.

Wharton (2nd ed.) XPU-7-a. This advertising card quotes a cable sent by Shackleton from New Zealand 26/3/09: “Found OXO excellent in sledge journeys and throughout winter.” A note printed beneath the postcard caption announces that the Nimrod “is open to the public at Temple Pier, Embankment, London, until the end of October 1909.”

175. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] ‘Philharmonic Hall, Great Portland Street, W. ... Sir Ernest Shackleton will show for the first time the Marvellous Moving Pictures, And will tell the Story of his latest Antarctic Expedition.’ [Wrightman Mountain & Andrews, Ltd., Printers], n.d. [1919].


4to. pp. 4; portrait of Shackleton to upper cover, image of Elephant seal to lower cover; some soiling and staining, surface abrasion with slight loss to p. 4, good only in the original self-wrappers, creased where folded.

This is a programme for the “Film which has never been exhibited before” by Frank Hurley of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. In fact, the performance, which incorporated also stills and Shackleton’s lecture, had first showed to great acclaim at London’s Albert Hall on the 19th December, 1919. According to Shackleton’s biographer Hugh Robert Mill, “before the end of the year Shackleton had embarked on a series of lectures on the Endurance Expedition, illustrated by his marvellous film, at the Philharmonic Hall in Great Portland Street. He carried on this work almost without a break for five months, giving two demonstrations of two hours each daily for six days every week” (The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, p. 266). The flyer, a scarce survival in spite of its condition, provides a “Synopsis of the Story” and states that this is “the first time that a film has been taken of a ship in the Polar Ice”.

176. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] [W. Campbell Smith, ed.] Report on the Geological Collections made during the Voyage of the Quest on the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition to the South Atlantic & Weddell Sea in 1921- 1922. Trustees of the British Museum, 1930.


First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 161; frontis., 2 plates, illusts., maps and diagrams to text; a near-fine copy in the original red cloth, gilt.

Shackleton died during the course of the Quest expedition having reached South Georgia. It is a testimony to his leadership that the expedition nonetheless went on to carry out scientific work in the Weddell Sea, and on many Atlantic Islands (South Georgia, but also Elephant Island, St. Helena, Ascension amd the Cape Verde Islands). The present work gathers thirteen papers concerning the expedition’s geological collections. It has become uncommon.


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