The South Polar Times 1902-1911 Centenary Edition
The South Polar Times 1902-1911 Centenary Edition

SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon, Sir Ernest Henry SHACKLETON, Louis Charles BERNACCHI, and Apsley CHE… The South Polar Times 1902-1911 Centenary Edition.

Regular price
£1,450.00
Sale price
£1,450.00
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

'many interesting things will be preserved in it which would otherwise be lost'

SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon, Sir Ernest Henry SHACKLETON, Louis Charles BERNACCHI, and Apsley CHERRY-GARRARD [editors]. The South Polar Times 1902-1911 Centenary Edition. London: Orskey-Bonham-Niner, 2002.

11 parts in 3 volumes. Original dark-blue cloth gilt, upper boards with mounted colour-printed illustrations enclosed within gilt borders and with gilt lettering, spines lettered in gilt, blue silk markers, cream endpapers; pp. I: [2 (title, limitation statement on verso)], xiv, [6 (fly-title, verso blank, part-title with vignette, verso blank, contents, verso blank)], 1-[28], [4 (fly-title, verso blank, contents, verso blank)], 1-[48], [4 (fly-title, frontispiece on verso, contents, verso blank)], 1-41, [2 (fly-title, verso blank)], [1]-[47], [2 (fly-title, verso blank)], [1]-[49], [2 (blank l.)]; II: [2 (blank l.)], vii, [1 (blank)], [6 (fly-title, verso blank, part-title with vignette, verso blank, contents, verso blank)], 1-[40], [6 (fly-title, verso blank, part-title with vignette, verso blank, contents, verso blank)], [1]-[69], [6 (fly-title, verso blank, part-title with vignette, verso blank, contents, verso blank)], 1-58; III: xv, [1 (blank)], 1-160, [2 (blank l.)]; facsimile of original publication printed on rectos only; volume-titles printed in maroon and black, colour-printed frontispieces to each volume and part, 44 full-page colour illustrations, 2 monochrome plates, 15 full-page monochrome illustrations, 6 mounted monochrome illustrations, 20 full-page monochrome silhouttes, 2 colour-printed maps, one folding, and numerous colour and monochrome illustrations, diagrams, etc. in the text. Facsimile reprint of the first editions of 1907-14, no. 257 of 350 sets. [With:]
A. CHERRY-GARRARD (editor). The South Polar Times. Introduced by Ann Savours with the First Facsimile of The South Polar Times, Volume IV edited by Apsley Cherry-Garrard and Published on Midwinter Day, 1912. Cambridge and London: The Bindery for Scott Polar Research Institute and Bonham, 2010. Pp. [i]-xiii, [1 (blank)], [1]-87, [1 (blank)], [2 (fly-title, verso blank)], [4 (reproduction of upper board and endpapers)], [6 (facsimile of SPRI's typed note of donation and contents, verso blank, facsimile of typed 'Note by Frank Debenham' dated 30 September 1959, verso blank, facsimile of manuscript note by Cherry-Garrard about the volume dated 28 July 1924, verso blank)], [42 (facsimile, printed on rectos only)], 91-227, [1 (blank)], [2 (blank l.)]; 12 full-page colour printed illustrations, 4 mounted monochrome illustrations with printed tissue guards, one full-page monochrome illustration, 3 full-page monochrome silhouttes, and numerous colour and monochrome illustrations, diagrams, etc. in the text. First edition, no. 68 of 500 copies.
4to (280 x 210mm), 4 volumes in total. Uniformly bound in the original dark-blue cloth gilt, upper boards with mounted colour-printed illustrations enclosed within gilt borders and with gilt lettering, spines lettered in gilt, blue silk markers, cream endpapers; a fine set, - together with the rare prospectus for the publication, signed by one of the publishers, John Bonham.
A fine, complete four-volume set of the facsimile edition of The South Polar Times, including the first publication of volume IV, limited to 350 (I-III) and 500 (IV) copies. The first two volumes of The South Polar Times were produced during Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904 under the editorship of E.H. Shackleton and L.C. Bernacchi, and were intended for the amusement and entertainment of the shore party during the long Antarctic winter. The title was then revived for Scott's British Antarctic Expedition (BAE) of 1910-1913 under the editorship of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and the third volume followed the format of the earlier ones, comprising stories, anecdotes and semi-serious essays, illustrated with photographs by Ponting and drawings by Edward Wilson and others. The illustrated typescripts of the three original volumes of The South Polar Times were published in facsimile in 1902-1903 (I-II, an edition of 250 sets) and 1914 (III, an edition of 350 copies), but the fourth volume -- volume IV, part 1, which is dated Midwinter Day 1912 -- was never published and only survives in a unique copy given to the Scott Polar Research Institute by Angela Cherry-Garrard in 1959. According to a typed note by Frank Debenham inserted in that copy, 'Its standard was far too low to be printed', and thus it remained unpublished until it was issued in this edition as a companion volume to the facsimiles of the first three volumes which had been published in 2002, accompanied by essays on the tradition of polar publishing and other aspects of Scott's expeditions, annotated lists of contents of volumes I-III, biographical sketches of the contributors and notes on their contributions, and other related pieces.
Edward Wilson -- who was responsible for many of the illustrations and decorations -- wrote presciently in his journal that 'we are keeping [The South Polar Times] so strictly polar that I think many interesting things will be preserved in it which would otherwise be lost -- little incidents and pass-times of a somewhat frivolous and fleeting character, which people will like to read about later on. In fact, the paper brings out the more human side of the members of the expedition, and leaves the Narrative and the Scientific Reports to do the rest' (quoted in Rosove, p. 343).
For the 1st eds of I-III, cf.: Conrad pp. 111, 121, and 173; NMM I, 1108; Rosove 287.A1 and 291.A2a; Spence 1094; Taurus 42.

#2078984