Aurora Australis 1908-09. E. H. SHACKLETON.
Aurora Australis 1908-09.

Aurora Australis 1908-09.

Gateshead: Bluntisham Books and The Paradigm Press, 1986.

Small folio; qtr calf plywood boards, bevelled edges, (imitation of the original packing-case binding), uncut, in the protective blue cloth clamshell box (showing signs of wear); with the accompanying 24 pp pamphlet by John Millard, with a preface by Lord Shackleton.

The first public edition

The first public edition of Shackleton's Aurora Australis, the first book published in Antarctic, in 1908.

The first public edition of Shackleton's Aurora Australis, the first book published in Antarctic, in 1908.

The 1908 edition was produced under extraordinary difficulties by amateur printers and bound in packing case boards and harness leather, is thought to be less than 100 copies and was a testament to the enthusiasm and spirit of Shackleton's expeditioners. Among the many difficulties they faced in producing the work page by page was the effect of cold on the materials, and they had to keep a lamp burning under the type rack to prevent the metal type becoming too cold to handle, whilst a candle had to be kept burning under the inking plate to ensure that the ink did not freeze. This first public edition from the original was limited to 58, corresponding to the 58 copies of the original known to be extant.

Taurus 60; Renard, 1437; Rosove, 304.B1

Price (AUD): $2,200.00  other currencies Ref: #4505132