DOORLY, Gerald S. The Voyages of the 'Morning.' Smith, Elder & Co., 1916.
8vo. Original blue cloth, image of penguin and chick to upper cover in black and cream, lettered in cream to upper cover and spine; pp. xx, 224; plates after photographs and original sketches, one folding map, four leaves of lithographed sheet music (compositions by Doorly); binding a little marked and dulled, light wear to corners, enpapers browned with some offsetting to adjacent pages, including folding map at rear, light spotting to title-page, still a good copy of a work that is frequently found in poor condition.
First edition, inscribed and signed by the author. The Morning was the relief ship on Scott's first Antarctic Expedition 1901-4, with William Colbeck as captain, E.R.G.R. Evans as second-in-command and Doorly as third. The book records the discovery of Scott Island and the first landing on Beaufort Island, and personal impressions of the Southern party upon their return. The idea of a book about the Morning's role on the expedition had been suggested to Evans by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle soon after the expedition had returned and Evans had approached Doorly to assist him in the task. Various circumstances arose, however, which prevented this and Doorly only completed the book some ten years later. It has become one of the rarer primary accounts of the 'golden age' of Antarctic exploration.
James Gerald Stokely Doorly (1880-1956) was born in the West Indies and early on developed a passion for sailing, which led him to be trained in Trinidad and England. 'A fellow cadet and friend was E. R. G. R. Evans (later Admiral Lord Mountevans). Doorly graduated Queen's gold medallist in 1897, served his apprenticeship in sail and in 1901-02 did troop- and hospital-ship work with the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. in the South African War. In 1902-04 Doorly and Evans served together as junior officers in the S.Y. Morning, the supply ship to Captain R. F. Scott's Discovery of the National Antarctic Expedition. Doorly was awarded the Polar Service medal for his work in the Morning, which freed the Discovery from her ice-bound anchorage … [In 1925 he] went to Melbourne to join the Port Phillip Sea Pilot's Service … Doorly's admission to the élite pilots' service is evidence of his outstanding ability as a master mariner. He was also gifted as a musician, singer and light composer: Evans testified that without Doorly, the men of the Morning and Discovery would have been hard-pushed to survive the disappointments and long voyages of the Antarctic expedition. In 1943 Doorly published in Melbourne his Songs of the 'Morning', with words by J. P. Morrison set to Doorly's music' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). - We could not trace any copy with authorial inscription or signature to have been offered in the past.
Provenance: The printed dedication page with the line To My Chum with three lines in ink added by Doorly, reading Letter enclosed by Admiral Evans - Authors Relation[?] Gerald Doorly R. N. Front fly-leaf with presentation inscription in the same hand for Hugh D. Madden; the portrait of the author with the note in ink Frost bitten in lower margin. Ownership inscription by Mrs L. J. Button, dated 1917, on front fly leaf; later 20th-century ownership inscription of Mrs Erna M. Ewin with printed address label underneath on blank verso of frontispiece.
Not in Spence; Renard 450; Rosove 96.A1.