London: William Heinemann LTD., 1923. Near Fine. First Edition. 8vo, [9x6in]; xv, , 312 pp., 20 plates including frontispiece of Shackleton with his youngest son Edward, 19 images, four maps in text, appendices and index; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, gilt Shackleton crest on front, blind stamped publisher device on back, bottom edge untrimmed; Minimal shelf wear with minor rubbing to bottom edges and corners. [Rosove 227.A1, Spence 795, Conrad pp. 144, 232]. Item #11354
Hugh Robert Mill (1861-1950) was a historian, writer and the Librarian of the Royal Geographical Society. He was asked by Lady Shackleton to write the official biography of her husband in early 1922 after his death. She wrote, "Your knowledge of polar work, your long friendship, and understanding of Ernest's many sided character would be invaluable... ". This is the first of several important biographies of Shackleton and is credited as the best. The motto on the Shackleton crest is 'Fortitudine Vincimis' (By Endurance We Conquer), which is most appropriate for Sir Ernest Shackleton's life.
Shackleton (1874-1922) died January 5, 1922 aboard the 'Quest' while anchored at Grytviken whaling station on South Georgia Is. He was the leader of the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition that was loosely defined to find new land in the Enderby Land region. After his death, Frank Wild, second in command, continued the expedition and produced new scientific data of the region.