SHACKLETON, Ernest H., 1874-1922; Bernacchi, Louis; Cherry-Garrard, Apsley; et al.
The South Polar Times (3 volumes with subscribers’ broadside)
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1907-14. Three volumes, quarto, original gilt-lettered blue cloth with pictorial inlay; various paginations, extensively illustrated with chromolithographs, all edges gilt, foxing to preliminaries but the text clean and bright, the bindings tight; the first two volumes limited to 250 copies, the third volume limited to 350 copies; housed in stunning custom made felt-lined slipcases, the gilt lettering reproducing the cover designs. Accompanied by the original letterpress broadside advertising for subscribers, single sheet printed recto, 235 x 155mm, drop title The National Antarctic Expedition “The South Polar Times”, announcing a proposal to issue a facsimile of the original newspaper. “If there are subscribers sufficient to cover the expense, it is proposed to issue a limited number of copies in special binding in two, three, or four handsome quarto volumes (as is found most convenient), reproducing the original typewriting and illustrations, both coloured and black and white, in absolute facsimile. The price will be five guineas’. A spectacular set with the utterly rare subscribers’ broadside.
The South Polar Times reproduces the unique hand made newspaper created monthly by members of the British National Antarctic Expedition in 1902-03, edited by Sir Ernest Shackleton and Louis Bernacchi, with literary and artistic contributions by members of the Expedition. At least three variants of the illustrated prospectus are recorded (Spence); however, this plain broadside, issued to gauge interest in subscriptions, appears to be unique. An exceptional set.