London: William Heinemann, 1919. Very Good. First Edition. 1st Impression [November] [10x6.25in]; Dark blue cloth covers with silver lettering on spine and front, illustration of Endurance on front [from Hurley photograph on p. 45] and spine, blind stamped Publisher colophon on rear cover, top edge blue; xxi, , 376 pp., Frontispiece Colored photograph with printed tissue guard and 87 photographic plates, folding map [after p. 368], tipped in errata sheet at p. 1; Some shelf wear to bottom and front edges, some rubbing in spots on covers and spine, small 1/4” closed tear at top rear hinge, front hinge cracked and slightly loose, map has small closed tear at top attachment point, prior owner name on front end paper, Text block paper has typical browning due to the poor quality of paper used in the first impression printing. [Rosove 308.A1, Taurus 105, Conrad p. 224, Spence 1107]. Item #13021
Sir Ernest Shackleton [1874-1922] was one of the great explorers of the “Heroic Age” of Antarctic exploration [ranging from the late 1890s to early 1920s]. Since both the North and South poles had been “discovered”, Shackleton proposed the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition to cross the continent from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea through the South Pole. This involved the complex coordinating two expeditions in an age before reliable radio communication. The Endurance was to deliver the Transcontinental party at Weddell Sea ice shelf for Shackelton and six others to start the 1,800 mile journey. The Aurora supported Ross Sea base was to lay in supply depots along the ice shelf to the the Beardmore Glacier and Mt. Hope for Shackleton. The Ross Sea party was successful in establishing the Depots, but still had some bad luck and mishaps. The Endurance became set in the ice and Shackleton and 28 men began a test of courage, leadership and survival of all. This is one of the classic tales of Antarctic literature and a foundational work.