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The Deluxe ‘Heart of the Antarctic’, Signed by All & Inscribed by Shackleton

The Heart of the Antarctic ... [With:] The Antarctic Book.

London: Ballantyne & Co. Limited for William Heinemann, 1909.

Price: $40,000.00


About the item

First edition. Deluxe issue, number 198 of 300 numbered sets. Presentation copy inscribed by Shackleton to Sandor von Hegedüs. The Antarctic Book is signed by each member of the shore party. 2 mounted frontispieces, and numerous plates, a few of which are double-page, some mounted including 16 colored, after George Marston, some etched; 1 folding panorama and 3 folding lithographic maps printed in three colors in pocket at back of vol. II. 3 vols. 4to. The Deluxe ‘Heart of the Antarctic’, Signed by All & Inscribed by Shackleton. Publisher's vellum with covers blocked in gilt with twin penguin device, the Supplement in original vellum-backed boards, t.e.g., others untrimmed.Minor soiling to the spines, front inner hinge of vol. II tender. Books on Ice 7.4; Rosove 305.A2; Spence 1096; Taurus 57.

Item #366508

The best edition of Shackleton's memoirs of his monumental 1907-09 Nimrod Expedition, known for crossing the Trans-Antarctic mountain range, making the first ascent and survey of Mount Erebus, and coming within a hundred miles of the South Pole.

"The most luxurious publication ever to have appeared during the 'heroic age' of Antarctic exploration" (Taurus).

The Antarctic Book is signed by all. This set additionally inscribed by Shackleton to his friend Sandor von Hegedüs, dated 8 April 1911: "To my friend and co-authority Hegedüs Sandor with warmest thoughts and best wishes..." Hegedius was also godfather of Shackleton’s son Edward.