AURORA AUSTRALIS


Census of copies of the Aurora Australis (Tabular Format)


This is an abbreviated census of copies of the Aurora Australis in public and private ownership. Further details, if available, can be viewed by clicking on the Copy No link.
The Aurora was not numbered. The Copy No included here assigned is for identification purposes only and at the outset was on the basis of country (and within, alphabetically by owner): USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and then private copies in the same order. The numbering system has recently been redesigned to better accommodate changes when new copies are found or ownership changes. Now numbers are distributed between

Group A Public or Institutional Ownership (Numbers 01-99)
Group B Private Ownership (Numbers 100-149)
Group C Private Anonymous Ownership (Numbers 150-199)
Group D Copies That Lack Provenance, That May Appear Above, That May Not Exist, etc. (Numbers 200-249)
Group E Copies that have Appeared at Auction of in Booksellers' Catalogues (Numbers 250-299)

Variant A includes the illustration. Variant B has text in place of the illustration.

Most of the entries under Original/Early Owners are from information obtained by John Millard or Robert Stephenson in the late 1970s and into the early 1980s.

Launched: 15 July 2007. Last updated: 26 April 2016.



Accessed at least many times since 15 July 2007.

Group APublic or Institutional Ownership. (Listed numerically.) The numbers 01-99 are reserved for this category.
Total number of copies in this category: 43. Of these 43 have been confirmed (indicated by an *) as being present at the location given.


Copy No

Same as copy

Current Owner

Location
of copy

Variant

Stencilling

Inscriptions

Original Owner

Notes
01*
same as
copy
285
John Carter Brown Library Providence, RI, USA
A
Front: EWED KIDNEYS
Back: RCTIC 1907.
None Purchased at a Sotheby sale, 3 (& 4) July 1968 (possibly 1967—American Book Prices Current, 1967 edition), Lot 198. Bought by Maggs at £260.
02* Columbia University New York, NY, USA
A
Front: None
Back: PATES
Ernest H. Shackleton | George Marston" on recto of second blank leaf. Later owner Bassett Jones.
03* Dartmouth College Hanover, NH, USA
A
Front: OATM
Back: ISH RCTIC ITION 07
The signatures 'Ernest H. Shackleton | George Marston | R E Priestley' To the right of MESSMAN. on the concluding page of 'Trials of a Messman' is the signature in ink: 'R E Priestley'. Purchased by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1930
04* Harvard University Cambridge, MA, USA
A
Front: AYLEY LTD ORT KERS DON E C
Back: None
None Later owner: Donald McKay Frost
05* Huntington Library San Marino, California, USA
A
Front: RUIT
Back: None
Purchased in April, 1925 from Miss Edith | Shackleton, and on June 8, 1925 is | presented to Henry E. Huntington with | the warm regards of | A.S.W. Rosenbach Edith Shackleton Bought by A.S.W. Rosenbach who gave it to Henry Huntington.
06* Library of Congress Washington, D.C., USA
A
Front: TURTLE SOUP
Back: HONEY
None
07* Morgan Library New York, NY, USA
A
Front: None
Back: OAT
"To J. Pierpont Morgan Esq | with gratitude from | The Editor. | E. H. Shackleton." J. P. Morgan An accompanying letter from Shackleton to Morgan dated 25 July 1911 states that "only 80 copies in existence that being the number printed and only 30 have been distributed."
08* New York Public Library New York, NY, USA
A
Front: None
Back: None
None London bookdealer Bernard Quaritch sold this copy to W.A. Spencer. In a letter to Spencer dated 11 March 1912, Quaritch said the the man who sold it to him had a second copy exactly like this one. The seller assured Quaritch that the plate in question was never issued. [The plate in question, according to the Quaritch catalogue which must have accompanied this copy, was called for in the text of "Life under difficulties." No such plate is called for in the Table of Contents or elsewhere. The bookseller could have been thinking of the elusive "Giant Tick" illustration.]
09*
same as
copy
169
University of California at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA, USA
B
Front: E followed by an R
Back: TARCTIC | N 1907.
None J.P. Johnson According to John Millard in a letter to Robert Stephenson May 1, 1982, "Originally owned by J.P. Johnson & Family for many years. He was a Canterbury N.Z. area Sheep Farmer and an Expedition Benefactor."
Later owners: Mary Goodwin. Was "USA Private Collection #2" Copy 169 below.
10* University of Chicago Chicago, IL, USA
A
Front: None
Back: J & T BA EXP PACK LOND
None G850 1907 .A80
11* Christ's College, Cambridge Cambridge, UK
A
Front: SH STEW
Back: ON CUTLETS
None Sir Raymond Priestley "No inscriptions but the bookplate of Raymond Priestley is present on a blank leaf which now is at the end of the volume although the book being disbound this blank could very well have originally been at the beginning. The College has a letter from Priestley that accompanied the donation, dated 6 June 1921."
Presented to the College by Raymond Edward Priestley, the original owner.
12*
same as
copy
280
Dulwich College Dulwich, London, UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907
Back: PETIT POIS
To Rudyard Kipling with | Ernest Shackleton's regards. | 1911 | Frank Wild | 8/6/14 Rudyard Kipling "I always assumed the AURORA and THE ANTARCTIC BOOK came from Rowett with the Caird, but the two books came from an OA SIR ROBERT LEIGHTON 1884-1959 of the bookbinding firm. His obituary, Alleynian Autumn 1959 p. 288 mentions these gifts."
13* Dundee Heritage Trust (Discovery Point) Dundee, Scotland, UK
A
Front: SOA
Back: None
To Mrs. J. B. Joel | with kindest regards | from the Editor | Ernest Shackleton Mrs. J. B. Joel This copy was transferred to the Dundee Heritage Trust from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, in 1995. This conflicts with what John Millard found and reported to me in a letter dated 7 November 1982: "Copy #1 [of the National Maritime Museum's three copies] was given to Mrs. J.B. Joel by Shackleton. Unfortunately, there is no date. Later; presented to 'HMS Discovery', in November 1975 by the son H.J. Joel. It's evidently on indefinite loan to the Museum [HMS Discovery?], in view of their special interest in the ship, which is being restored by the Maritime Trust."
14* National Library of Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
A
Front: HONEY
Back: UIT
Ernest H. Shackleton | George Marston "Our ownership stamp indicates that we purchased it in the autumn of 1977. I don't have any further information on this at present."
15* National Maritime Museum Greenwich, UK
A
Front: J & T EX PAC LON
Back: BRITISH ANTARCTIC
"To Miss Dawson-Lambton | from the Editor and | printers with Best | wishes for the coming | year; and remembrance | of all her kindness and | help. Dec 25th. 1909." On the verso of the final leaf of "Bathybia", upside down, in ink: "To | Mr & Mrs Buckley | With the Kindest regards. | of the publishers | Ernest E. Joyce. | Frank Wild. | George Marston. | Bernard G. Day. | December. 1909". Elizabeth Dawson-Lambton Presented to Elizabeth Dawson-Lambton by E.H. Shackleton. Unclear why there is an inscription to Mr and Mrs Buckley.
John Millard, in a letter to Robert Stephenson dated 11 July 1982, states: "It was originally given to Miss Dawson-Lambton, in December 1909, one of the two sisters to whom the book is dedicated. It was donated to the Museum by M. Bernard, esq, of London, on the 17th of July 1956, as part of a collection of books on polar voyages and discoveries. Interesting is the fact that this copy was sold at Auction, by Sotheby's, 24th February 1953, for £27. It was acquired by someone by the name of Patch. People at the Museum seem to think Patch was the Auctioneer's Clerk."
16* National Maritime Museum Greenwich, UK
A
Possibly no stenciling To Elspeth from | Ernest. Nov 1907. | The Editor." [Almost certainly the 7 is actually a 9.] Elspeth Beardmore, Lady Invernairn Presented to Lady Elspeth Invernairn by E.H. Shackleton. It appears to have come to the NMM in 1939 as suggested above ("Acquisitions source: L1939-36 : PBP2621") John Millard, in a letter to Robert Stephenson dated 11 July 1982, states: "Copy #2 was given to Lady Elspeth Invernairn, in November 1909, by Shackleton. Lady Invernairn in turned [sic] donated it to the Museum in 1939, along with some Shackleton letters."
17* Royal Collections, Windsor Castle Windsor, UK
B
Front: MOC RTLE
Back: BRITISH AN EXPEDITIO 1723. inner spine: TION 1907
No inscriptions which seems odd. King Edward VII (perhaps) There are no records as to when this copy came into the Royal Collections. As there is no inscription it may very well have been given or purchased at some later time.
18* Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge, UK
A
Front: BRI[tish?]
Back: BUTTER
To Hugh Robert Mill. | In memory of his friend | Ernest H. Shackleton | and of the years 1901-1922 | from Emily Shackleton. | Dec: 7th 1922. Lady Emily Shackleton Presentation copy Emily Shackleton to H.R. Mill.
19* University of Oxford, Bodleian Library Oxford, UK
A
Front: None
Back: [stewe]D KIDNEYS
Bears the signatures of Sir Ernest Shackleton and George Marston. Unknown Presented to the Bodleian by John Ehrman.
20* Australian Antarctic Division Library Kingston, Tasmania, Australia
A
Front: None
Back: BUTTER
None John King Davis (?) The bookplate on the recto of the first blank is of W.B. Firth who appears to have lived in the Hobart area according to an Internet search. No other details on who he was have been found, however. How and when this copy came to the AAD is not known. Below the bookplate is a rubber stamp:"A.N.A.R.E. | LIBRARY". At the top the following is handwitten: "91 (08) (*7) 1907-09 | Br. Ant. Ex. | (Shackleton)". Within a rectangular rubber stamp is written "Aq564". In a letter dated 15 April 1982, A.W. Jackson of the AAD wrote John Millard of Toronto stating that: "The Antarctic Division's copy is contained in the rare book collection of our library, which is composed mainly of the book collection of Captain J.K. Davis. We acquired 'Aurora Australis', and other volumes, from a personal friend of Davis after his death. This person is, or was, resident in New South Wales. He is the person referred to, but not named, on page xi of Davis' biography 'High Latitude', published in 1962." This mystery person could conceivably be W.B. Firth but if so one would think that Jackson would say so or at least suggest it. John King Davis died on 8 May 1967 so if this copy was indeed Davis's then it would have come to the Anare/AAD after that date. (Confirmed as copies once owned by Davis are copy 24 at the State Library of Tasmania in Hobart and copy 28 at the University of New England in Armidale. According to Millard, Davis also gave a copy to Herbert D. Murphy but exactly which copy this is, is unclear.)
21* National Library of Australia Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
A
Front: BUTTER
Back:267
None Unknown Purchased from Rex Nan Kivell in 1959.
22* State Library of New South Wales (Dixson Library) Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
A
Front: GRANULATED SUGAR
Back: MEDICAL
None associated with the expedition. Unknown John Millard, in a letter to Robert Stephenson dated 11 July 1982, states: "According to the Library the book was purchased by Sir William Dixson for his collection in 1913, from Angus & Robertson. His collections was bequeathed to the State Library after his death in 1952. There is no information in it regarding previous ownership…"
23* State Library of New South Wales (Mitchell Library) Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
A
None None Unknown Disbound
24* State Library of Tasmania Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
B
Front: The numeral 1 and a portion of what appears to be the numeral 9
Back: JULIENNES SOUP
To Captain Davis from the Artist | and printers - Kia Ora | Ernest E. M. Joyce | Nov. 3rd 09 Capt J. K. Davis This copy is extra-illustrated.
25* Museum Victoria Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A
Front: None
Back: CHICKEN
"Ernest H. Shackleton | George Marston" in upper center of recto of blank leaf following copyright page and preceding the dedication page. Campbell D. Mackeller "Our copy was presented to the people of Victoria by Campbell D. Mackeller. It is the copy given him by Shackleton "on behalf of the members of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09, as a remembrance of his unceasing interest, great generosity and personal friendship to all."
26* State Library of South Australia Adelaide, S.A., Australia
A
Front: [exp]EDITION [1]907
Back: None
Signatures in ink of Ernest H. Shackleton and, beneath, George Marston, "on second fly leaf." Unknown "Donated by the Estate of Sir Josiah Symon."
27* University of Adelaide Adelaide, S.A., Australia
A
Front: [b]RITISH AN[tarctic] [e]XPEDITIO[n] 46
Back: LIQUID BOTTLED FRUIT
None Sir Douglas Mawson The copy is disbound.
28* University of New England Armidale, N.S.W., Australia
Mixture
Front: HARMUTT (perhaps HARicot MUTTon)
Back: S and small portion of a second letter, perhaps T.
None J. K. Davis In his letter dated 5 May 1960, to Professor Gilbert Butland of the University of New England, Griffith Taylor states that the book was being donated by his wife (Raymond Priestley's sister, Doris). According to a label provided by him, the book was given to Mrs Griffith Taylor by Capt JK Davis, captain of the Aurora, on Mawson's 1913 expedition."
29*
same as
copy
289
Canterbury Museum Christchurch, NZ
A
Front: None
Back:[an]TARCTIC [expediti]ON 1907
"To Henry Nuttall with | Kindest wishes from the Editor E.H. Shackleton, | in remembrance of the | practical help to our | Scientific Results and | the always sympathetic | attitude towards the Expedition | August 1911 | This book was made in | the Antarctic. | E.H. Shackleton." Henry Nuttall (Manchester, UK) "To Henry Nuttall with Kindest wishes from the Editor E.H. Shackleton, in remembrance of the practical help to our Scientific Results and the always sympathetic attitude towards the Expedition August 1911 This book was made in | the Antarctic. E.H. Shackleton."
30* Alexander Turnbull Library (Kinsey copy) Wellington, New Zealand
B
None
Back: [j]U [portion of] LIENNE SOUP
None Unknown Sir Joseph Kinsey bequest (originally purchased from Sotheby's. Acc 658814.)
31* Alexander Turnbull Library (Turnbull copy) Wellington, New Zealand
A
Front:
Back: BEANS
None Unknown. (Frank Wild?) Bought by Alex H. Turnbull in 1912 from Francis Edwards, who possibly obtained it from Sir Ernest [sic] Wild (Alexander Turnbull Library MS-Papers-0057-112/1912/IV); bookplate of Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull. Acc. 1772.
32*
same as
copy
250
British Library London, U.K.
A
None "Ernest Shackleton, Editor" Unknown The Streeter copy (see 250).
33* National Library of Australia Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
A
None None Unknown Disbound. Contains bookplate of Henry L. White of Belltrees (a property in Scone, NSW), a collector of Australian ornithology, philately and bibliography. The front cover has a label from A.H. Spencer "new & secondhand bookseller & publisher, 86 Bourke St., Melbourne (The 'Hill of Content') Aust.".
34* The Newberry Library Chicago, Illinois, USA
A
Front: ME COM
Back: [mac?]ALISTER & CO. ON MERCHANTS. [liver]POOL. MI
In middle of page, in three different inks, signatures of "Ernest Shackleton | George Marston | Eric S. Marshall | "Lapsus Linguae" On second blank page, recto: Top center, in blue ink: "E. J. C. Kendall | September 1951 | given by Dr. E. S. Marshall" Dr Eric S. Marshall E.S. Marshall to E.J.C. Kendall (Kendall inscribed this in 1951, see above). To Gerald F. Fitzgerald (purchased by him from Maggs [London bookseller] in August, 1979—probably going directly from Kendall to Maggs). Thence to The Newberry Library. This is the copy John Millard identified as "USA Private Collection #1". See Copy 168 below.
35* Eton College Windsor, Berkshire, U.K.
A
Front: 1902.
Back: There is part of a word in cursive: sions. This could be "[provi]sions.
"Ernest Shackleton | Editor" on first blank recto. Unknown Bookplate of Bernard Eckstein. The Fishers, who wrote the biography 'Shackleton' (London: Barrie, 1957), claimed that in preparing their book they made use of a copy of the Aurora held by Eton College.
36* Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge, UK
A
None None Raymond Priestley Incomplete copy. Apparently Frank Debenham occasionally gave away leaves to persons who had imperfect copies.
37* South Australian Museum Adelaide, SA, Australia.
A
Front: PETIT POIS
Back: [britis]H ANTARCTIC [exped]ITION 1907.
None Sir Douglas Mawson (?) Previously included in the collections of the Mawson Institute for Antarctic Research. Presented by Lady Mawson in 1962.
38* Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge, UK
All pages are blank
Front: RATIONS
Back: [anta]RCTIC 1907
Signed in pencil H J L Dunlop on inner front cover above the stencilling. H. J. L. Dunlop From H J L Dunlop, who was First Engineer on the Nimrod. (Harry) Born Belfast, Ireland, 1876. Signed on at Poplar 26 July 1907, discharged at Poplar, 31 August 1909, serving as First Engineer for both voyages south. Served his time with the world-famous engineering firm Harland and Wolff. Chief engineer on the Ashburton prior to joining the expedition.
The family of Dunlop recently deposited his papers and some artefacts with SPRI.
39* Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge, UK
A
Front: None
Back: B43936 25.1LB TINS BRITISH (top of letters only)
Signed in ink on the recto of the first leaf which is otherwise blank. The hand is somewhat copperplate "H J L Dunlop" on first page. H. J. L. Dunlop From H J L Dunlop, who was First Engineer on the Nimrod. (Harry) Born Belfast, Ireland, 1876. Signed on at Poplar 26 July 1907, discharged at Poplar, 31 August 1909, serving as First Engineer for both voyages south. Served his time with the world-famous engineering firm Harland and Wolff. Chief engineer on the Ashburton prior to joining the expedition.
The family of Dunlop recently deposited his papers and some artefacts with SPRI.
Only copy to have illusive illustration "A Giant Tick was investigating the carcase."
40*
same as
copies
127 273
Alexander Turnbull Library (Truscott copy) Wellington, New Zealand
A
Front: None
Back: 31
To G. Wyatt Truscott | from the Editor | E H Shackleton | 1909 [This date has been added later in pencil and is not part of the original presentation inscription.] Daughter of G. Wyatt Truscott Shackleton presented this copy to Truscott's daughter during the formal opening of the Nimrod for public inspection along the Embankment. A contemporary newspaper article reported: "Upon arrival at the Examination Hall, Mr. Shackleton presented Miss Truscott, as the representative of the Lady Mayoress, with a bouquet, and asked the Lord Mayor's acceptance of a copy of the "Aurora Australis," of which there are only a hundred copies." This copy was sold at Sotheby's 29 November 1990, Lot 348 fetching £3,500 (see Copy 273).
This copy was displayed at the SouthPole-sium in Jaffrey, NH, in June, 2012, being offered by Top of the World Books of Vermont. In 2013 it was being offered by Waverly & Rugby Books of North Carolina. Later in 2013 it was purchased by The Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand.
41*
same as
copies
268 303 312
Jay I. Kislak Foundation Miami Lakes, Florida.
A
Front: BEANS
Back: [JULIE]NNE SOUP
None? Louis Bernacchi On the inside front cover is affixed a newspaper clipping: "A Polar Book.—Messrs. Sotheby's sale yesterday included a copy of the "Aurora Australis," published at the Winter Quarters of the Antarctic Expedition, 1907, illustrated with lithographs and etchings by G. Marston; this is the first book ever printed in the Polar regions, and was edited by Sir E. H. Shackleton, the covers of the book being made from the wood of the packing-cases which contained the provisions, and is one of only 90 copies struck off; it realized £10 5s." In ink at top: "Times March 29 1912"
42* The Oates Collections Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3JH, UK.
A
Front:BRIT ANTA EXPED 19
Back:None
None Robert Washington Oates The Oates Collections copy of the Aurora was given to this museum in the 1930s by Robert Washington Oates who was family member and a book collector and dealer. Where he obtained it is unknown. However, being a collector and dealer he probably obtained it at auction or through a bookseller as opposed to being presented a copy by Shackleton or the printers. A dozen or so sales of the Aurora occurred before the 1930s (see http://www.antarctic-circle.org/aurora.sales.htm) but descriptions were very sparse and there is no way to identify the copies sold through the stencilling, etc.
43*
same as
copy
206
Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7, UK.
NOTE: This copy, long thought to be missing, was recently unearthed at the RGS. According to Cameron Treleaven of Calgary in a phone conversation with Robert Stephenson on 21 April 2016, the spine had become detached and so it presumably was overlooked. Cameron arranged to have it re-bound. According to Cameron the copy has no names or inscriptions and something indicated that it was purchased not given.
The online catalogue of the Royal Geographical Society lists an Aurora Australis and gives a call number of MG161K. The control number is 351820. The catalogue gives it as: "(MISSING?)". According to Eugene Rae, Principal Librarian, the book has been missing for quite some time. At one time the shelves were open to all and presumably someone removed it.

Group BPrivate Ownership. (Listed numerically. It's quite possible that one or more of these copies is no longer owned by the named.) The numbers 100-149 are reserved for this category. Total number of copies in this category: 37. Of these 36 have been confirmed (indicated by an *) as being present at the location given.


Copy No

Same as copy

Current Owner

Location
of copy

Variant

Stencilling

Inscriptions

Original Owner

Notes
100*
same as
copy
306
Seattle copy USA "Inscribed by Shackleton". "front free endpaper inscibed by the editor, with a four line stanza from the poem 'The Antarctic' by Robert Service, and an additional note initialled EHS 'The only printed book ever produced in the South Polar regions'"
101* Campbell copy UK
A
Front: BUT
Back: TER
Unknown Purchased from Francis Edwards no later than September 1980.
102*
same as
copy
259
Crawford copy Wyoming, USA
A
Front: CRYSTAL[ised] FRU[it] [BUTTER & [b]AKED BEANS
Back: TINNED FRUIT
None Frank Wild "Presumed to be Frank Wild's copy, as evidenced by copies of correspondence indicating this copy was acquired by Maggs Brothers, London, directly from Miss J. Wild, niece of Frank Wild, in 1970. It was then sold to a private British collector who put it at auction in 1978, where it was purchased for Louis Starr. Additionally, tipped inside the front board is a typed note, signed "Mountevans", (E.R.G.R. Evans, who had been second-in-command of Scott's last expedition), March 2, 1946, to Stanley Wild, Frank Wild's brother, expressing regret at being unable to attend the dedication of the Frank Wild Room at the National Children's Home and including a message to be read."
"The 1978 sale was probably the one reported in American Book Prices Current: "Hodgson's (Chancery Lane), June 9, 1978. Lot 301. (Cavendish) £1300. (Re-backed.)" Wild copy. Owned by Louis Starr, Far Hills, NJ. Sold at High Latitude Louis Starr Sale to photographer Neelon Crawford. See Copy 259.
103*
same as
copies
133 255
formerly Greene copy. See No 133. Washington, USA
B
B[ritish] AN[tarctic] EX[pedition] Unclear whether front or back board. None In the Millard census this was given as "USA Private Collection #3." Purchased at or after the Renard sale, Lot 1436.
104*
same as
copies
166 271 308
Unknown (previously John Levinson) Unknown (USA)
B
Front: [bri]TISH [anta]RCTIC
Back: [expe]DITION VEAL
Inscribed to Nimrod Expedition Member George Buckley and signed by Shackleton, Frank Wild, George Marston, Ernest Joyce and Bernard Day. The inscription in Shackleton's hand to Buckley, reads "as a remembrance of the practical help and enduring sympathy to our little Expedition from the Publishers, Editor, Artist & printers."
"To Mr & Mrs George Buckley | as a remembrance of the | practical help and enduring | sympathy to our little Expedition | from the Publishers, Editor | Artist & printers. | E. H. Shackleton. | Frank Wild | George Marston. | Ernest E. M. Joyce | Bernard C. Day."
George Buckley Previously owned by John Levinson, Wilmington, DE, USA. Sold at Swann Galleries Levinson Sale (reportedly to an American collector). In the Millard census this was given as "UK Private Collection #7" in Oxon., UK, Copy 166
Inscribed to Nimrod Expedition Member George Buckley and signed by Shackleton, Frank Wild, George Marston, Ernest Joyce and Bernard Day. The inscription in Shackleton's hand to Buckley, reads "as a remembrance of the practical help and enduring sympathy to our little Expedition from the Publishers, Editor, Artist & printers."
105* Private collection Santa Monica USA
A
Front: [Ex]PEDITION [1]907
Back: None
Signed 'Ernest H Shackleton | George Marston' on the recto of a blank leaf situated between the publication and dedication leaves." The present owner purchased this copy in 1986 from Jake Zeitlin (Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, Los Angeles).
106* Lord Shackleton (now Shackleton family member) UK
A
Thought to be GRANULATED SUGAR. Unknown A Shackleton family member Presumably still in the family
107*
same as
copy
251
Stephenson copy New Hampshire, USA
B
Front: B43935 25.1LB TINS
Back: ANTA[rctic] NI[mrod?] LYT[telton] LAND [party?] T[ea] 2.0.
None Purchased from Francis Edwards Ltd. 1978.
108*
same as
copies
157 290
Taaffe copy Athy, Ireland
A
Front: 1903
Back: 40 x 1 LBS CHOCOLATE
"To Belle Donaldson | from E.H. Shackleton | Xmas 1910." on recto of first blank. Below this appears G J Skellerup | December 1970. [Note: The first initial certainly appears to be G but Skellerup's first name was Peter.] Belle Donaldson Previously Millard "New Zealand Private collection #1, Near Christchurch, NZ." This copy sold at auction on 17 November 1970. See Copy 290. See Copy 157 below. Owned by P.J. Skellerup prior to present owner.
109*
same as
copies
261? 311?
Taurus Collection Unknown
A
Front: BRITISH ANTA[rctic] EXPEDITION
Back: BUTTER
Probably none as there is no mention of any in the description above. Accompanying the copy of the Aurora at the Morgan Library (Copy 07) is a Blackwell's catalogue of 1970 which offers a copy of the Aurora for £825, this copy having BRITISH ANTA EXPEDITION stenciled on the inside front cover and BUTTER on the inside back cover. Based on the stencilling alone, this would be Copy 109 The Taurus Collection. Also see Copy 261 which appears to be the same copy.
110*
same as
copy
309
Ernest Joyce copy New Jersey, USA
A
Front: BRITISH [partially obscured by leather hinge] ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907
Back: 443
None Ernest Joyce Joyce family member to the present owners via auction sale.
"This copy has significance as it is one owned by Ernest Joyce, who with Frank Wild were the two printers, and was passed down within the family until purchased at auction in 1992. It would seem odd that there are no inscriptions or other markings of any kind. Two sheets are included with this copy. Although now loose they are punched and presumably were bound in originally. The sheets were printed on the same press and constitute a menu for a Midwinter Celebration at Winter Quarters June 23rd 1908." (From the auction catalogue description, 1992)
111* Harrison/Metz copy Seattle, USA
Signed by Shackleton and Marston
112* Brooke-Hitching copy West Berkshire, UK
A
Front: B139431 25.1 LB TINS BRITISH
Back: [AN]TARCT[IC] NIMRO[d] [l]YTTELT[on] AND PART [these words could be Land Party] TEA 1
None
113* UK Private Collection Devon, UK
A
Front: BRI[tish] ANTA[rctic] EXPE[dition] 19 [and portion of 0] 315 [clipped at bottom]
Back: SYRUP
None "Purchased for AUD500 from a bookseller in Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia, in 1969."
No inscriptions or signatures.
114 UK Private Collection Norfolk, UK
Unknown The owner of this copy told me it was bought at Christie's London in 1999 (although no Aurora was offered at a Christie's sale in 1999). I was told in 2011 that the copy was discovered missing from the bank vault where it was stored! The copy may never have existed.
115* Private Collection West Coast USA California
With Best Wishes to | Mr. & Mrs Hill from the | printer | Ernest E. Joyce | August 19th 1911
116*
same as
copy
165?
formerly Antipodean Books Garrison, NY, USA
A
Front: [deme?]RARA [sug?]AR
Back: [j & t b]AYLEY L[td] [Lond]ON EC [Exp]ORT Pack]ERS.
None Mr Honey "Marlborough Club. Pall Mall, S.W." It reads: 14th. Oct 1912. Dear Mr Honey I also am a devil to remember a promise so here send you with my warmest regards The book we made down South. I shall look forward to seeing you soon. In haste Sincerely Yours Ernest Shackleton"
Could be Copy 165 above. Offered for sale at the Boston Book Fair 11/2008. Shuman collection.
117*
same as
copy
163?
UK Private Collection Scotland, UK
Front and end paper autographed by E.H. Shackleton, Bernard Day, George Edward Marston, James Murray, A. Forbes Mackay and Frank Wild. This is probably the copy Millard identifies as "UK Private Collection #4, Scotland, UK" (Copy 252). A copy sold at a Scottish country house auction on 20 September 1982 fetching £1,800. This copy has autographs including E.H. Shackleton, Bernard Day, George Edward Marston, James Murray, A. Forbes Mackay and Frank Wild. The buyer is believed to be a Scottish descendant of a member of Shackleton's Endurance expedition.
Could be Copy 163 above.
118 Kucharek copy. See No 210. UK
Unknown Aeneas Mackintosh copy?
Although not confirmed it appears that Mr Kucharek is deceased. What has happened to his Aurora is unknown.
119* Perth, Australia copy 1 Perth, Australia
Unknown In September 2010, bookseller David Lilburne told me that there are two copies of the Aurora in Perth, copies he had been associated with.
120* Perth, Australia copy 2 Perth, Australia
Unknown In September 2010, bookseller David Lilburne told me that there are two copies of the Aurora in Perth, copies he had been associated with.
121* New Mexico copy New Mexico, USA
Unknown In September 2010, bookseller David Lilburne told me that there is a copy of the Aurora in New Mexico, a copy he had been associated with.
122*
same as
copy
267
Ann Arbor copy Michigan, USA
A
Front: OATMEAL
Back: [brit]ISH ANTARCT[ic] EDITION 190
None No inscriptions or signatures. The same as Copy 267.
Purchased at Discovery Book Auctions, Calgary, Alberta, 14 September 2005. Lot 243. The Porter Copy. Sold for US$53,437.50 which includes the 12.5% buyer's premium. In turn, the consigner—Dr Michael Porter—purchased it at Sotheby's Chancery Lane (Hodgson's Rooms), London, on 24 June 1976. Lot 408. Sold for £850.
123* New Zealand copy Near Hastings, NZ
A
Front: EXPEDITION 1907
Back: [antar]CTIC 18 SHIP [nim]ROD [lytte]LTON PARTY [te]A
"To | F.W. White Esq. with best wishes from the printers [signed] Ernest Joyce [an initial which could possibly be Joyce's.] Kia Oro" There is a loose leaf page inside front blank page with inscription: With the Comp.s and Kind regards of Monkshood." F.W. White Esq. "To | F.W. White Esq. with best wishes from the printers [signed] Ernest Joyce [an initial which could possibly be Joyce's.] Kia Oro" There is a loose leaf page inside front blank page with inscription: With the Comp.s and Kind regards of Monkshood."
"Purchased from John Simper [Explorer Books, UK] 2001. Do not know prior history, other than it was held in an English family for some time."
124* Brocklehurst copy London
A
Front: FAT PE[as?]
Back: MARR[o]W
None Sir Philip Brocklehurst Formerly the copy owned by Sir Philip Brocklehurst, now owned by a descendant.
125* San Rafael CA copy California, USA
Unknown Unknown
126*
same as
copy
274
Simper copy UK
A
None Recto of first blank: dedication inscription in ink: "To Mrs Lysaght from | the Editor E H Shackleton | with best wishes | Feb. 1910" Mrs Lysaght
127* Cotton copy Australia
A
No boards Raymond E Priestley | Geologist, 1907-09 British Antarctic Exped. | 15/10/09. | to his friend | Leo A Cotton with | best wishes | Feb 9, 1910. Frank Wild to Raymond Priestley then to Leo Cotton and by descent to Cotton's granddaughter. This copy lacks the packing-case boards.
128* Chrisant copy; since sold US, now in NZ
A
Front: RITISH | TARCTIC | EDITION
Back: BOTTLED | LIQUI
None Unknown Provenance: "None certain other than probably having been bought in London in the fifties."
129*
same as
copies
254 264
Stewart copy UK
A
Front: [OATM]EAL "and pencilled note '6 Tins Oatmeal'"
Back: OATM[EAL] ["verso of lower cover with stencil 'OATM'" More likely the recto.
Signed in ink by Shackleton and Marston on blank leaf following title page. Unknown Based on the stencilling and signatures this could be the same as Copy 254.
130* Aeneas Mackintosh copy UK
A
Front ?: BRITIS | ANTARCT | EXPEDITI | 190 and a portion of the 7.
Back: BAE 1907 | NIMROD
None Aeneas Mackintosh The copy came to the present family member from his grandmother, Mrs Elizabeth Dowler, the daughter of Aeneas Mackintosh. Mackintosh was a member of Shackleton's Nimrod expedition and later commanded the Ross Sea Party. This copy was probably presented to him by Shackleton and if so one would expect a personalized inscription but no such inscription appears.
131* Murray copy UK
Front: SUET
Back: POULTRY
None Sir William Mather The title page is in black and white only.
132* Maggs copy ?
B
Front ?: BRITIS | ANTARCTI | TION 1907.
Back: Unknown.
Signed on the inner board (see image) by H. Ponting, John Runnstrom, Hardland D. Wood, and Harmes Alpen (from Magg's listing). Ponting had no association with Shackleton and the 'P' appears more like a 'R'. Nothing can be found about the others who signed.
133*
same as
copies
103 255
West Coast USA copy 2 USA
B
Front: B[ritish] AN[tarctic] EX[pedition]
Back: "19"
None
134*
same as
copy
266
Stewart copy (Stancomb-Wills copy) Unknown
A
Front: 17 IP N Y.
Back: None.
Presentation to Janet Stancomb-Wills on the recto of the first blank: "To my friend | Miss Janet Stancomb-Wills | this relic of another Expedition | is presented by the Editor | Ernest Shackleton | July 1917." Janet Stancomb-Wills Provenance: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, presented to Miss Janet Stancomb-Wills, July 1917; thence by descent; Christie's, London, 25 September 2002. Lot 412 (unsold); private collection, Australia. $125,000 AUD £65,000 GBP. As of November 2015 it was being offered by Buddenbrooks, Boston, MA.
135*
same as
copy
269
Meridian copy UK?
A
Front: ALADE
Back:MARM
At the top of the recto of the first leaf: "To Lady Grey | from the Editor | E.H. Shackleton | June 1910". Viscountess Grey Presented to Viscountess Grey, wife of the fourth Earl and one-time Governor General of Canada. Sold on 21 March 2006 at Anderson & Garland, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Lot 683. Results: £46,000 which with the buyer's premium took it to £53,000 or ca. $92,000.
136*
same as
copy
270
Norway copy Norway
A
Front: Unknown
Back: TISH | RCTIC | ITION | 07 | 62
Presentation to Charles Cooper on the recto of the second blank: "Presented to Mr Chars Cooper | by one of the printers. | Ernest E. Joyce | May 12th 1910" Chars Cooper John Millard writes Robert Stephenson, 1 May 1982: "It appears that Frank Wild…had a least 2 copies of the 'Australis'. This one, that he gave to Cooper, and the one that Mr. Starr now has. It seems that Frank either gave it, or left it with Stanley, one of his younger brothers, he had three. It later came into the possession of Frank's niece, a Miss J. Wild. In 1970 she put it up for sale and it was acquired by Maggs Bros., London, who then sold it to a Mr. K.D. Holmes, in Buckinghamshire. In 1978 he gave it to Sotheby's to sell. It's #22 on my list of items sold at Auction 1912-1979."
137* Sotheby's sale copy UK
A
Front: IS
Back:PETIT POIS.
None


Group CPrivate Anonymous Ownership. (This nomenclature derives from the work done by John Millard. In some instances the owners are known.) The numbers 150-199 are reserved for this category.
Total number of copies in this category: 20. Of these 5 have been identified and appear above or below.


Copy No

Same as copy

Current Owner

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Inscriptions

Original Owner

Notes
150 Argentina Private Collection #1 Argentina
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
151 Australia Private Collection #1 N.S.W., Australia
Unknown
Unknown Unknown John Millard in a letter to Robert Stephenson dated May 1, 1982, states: "Originally owned by Captain John King Davis, Chief Officer and later Captain of the Expedition ship 'Nimrod'." This could apply to any of the Copies 151, 152 or 154.
152 Australia Private Collection #2 N.S.W., Australia Unknown Unknown Unknown John Millard in a letter to Robert Stephenson dated May 1, 1982, states: "Originally owned by Captain John King Davis, Chief Officer and later Captain of the Expedition ship 'Nimrod'." This could apply to any of the Copies 151, 152 or 154.
153 Australia Private Collection #3 N.S.W., Australia
Unknown
Unknown Unknown John Millard in a letter to Robert Stephenson dated May 1, 1982, states: "Originally owned by Captain John King Davis, Chief Officer and later Captain of the Expedition ship 'Nimrod'." This could apply to any of the Copies 151, 152 or 154.
154 Australia Private Collection #4 Victoria, Australia
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
155 Australia Private Collection #5 Victoria, Australia Unknown Unknown Unknown
156 France Private Collection #1 France Unknown Unknown Unknown
157
same as
copies
108 290
New Zealand Private collection #1 Near Christchurch, NZ.
A
Front: 1903
Back: 40 x 1 LBS CHOCOLATE
"To Belle Donaldson | from E.H. Shackleton | Xmas 1910." on recto of first blank. Below this appears G J Skellerup | December 1970. [Note: The first initial certainly appears to be G but Skellerup's first name was Peter.] Belle Donaldson Previously Millard "New Zealand Private collection #1, Near Christchurch, NZ." This copy sold at auction on 17 November 1970. See Copy 290. See Copy 157 below. Owned by P.J. Skellerup prior to present owner.
158 New Zealand Private collection #2 Near Lower Hutt, NZ
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
159 New Zealand Private collection #3 Near Wellington, NZ Unknown Unknown Unknown
160 UK Private Collection #1 Oxford, UK
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
161 UK Private Collection #2 London, UK
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
162 UK Private Collection #3 Sutton Coldfield, UK
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
163
same as
copy
117?
UK Private Collection #4 Scotland, UK
A
Unknown Unknown
164 UK Private Collection #5 Middlesex, UK
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
165
same as
copy
116?
UK Private Collection #6 Hertfordshire, UK Unknown Unknown Unknown This is probably Copy 200 below.
166
same as
copies
104 271 308
UK Private Collection #7 Oxon., UK
B
Front: [BRI]TISH | [ANTA]RCTIC | [EXPE]DITION
Back: VEAL
Note: Apparently the covers were switched during rebinding.
Inscribed to Nimrod Expedition Member George Buckley and signed by Shackleton, Frank Wild, George Marston, Ernest Joyce and Bernard Day. The inscription in Shackleton's hand to Buckley, reads "as a remembrance of the practical help and enduring sympathy to our little Expedition from the Publishers, Editor, Artist & printers."
"To Mr & Mrs George Buckley | as a remembrance of the | practical help and enduring | sympathy to our little Expedition | from the Publishers, Editor | Artist & printers. | E. H. Shackleton. | Frank Wild | George Marston. | Ernest E. M. Joyce | Bernard C. Day."
George Buckley This is Copy 104 above, formerly owned by John Levinson.
167 UK Private Collection #8 London, UK Unknown Unknown Unknown
168
same as
copy
34
USA Private Collection #1 Illinois, USA
A
Front: ME | COM [upside down]
Inside back cover: ALISTER & CO. | ON MERCHANTS. | POOL. | MI [The MI is right side up; all else is upside down]. Back: Unknown.
On first blank page, recto: At top, in pencil: "Binding restored by Bernard Middleton of London | 1979." In middle of page, in three different inks, signatures of "Ernest Shackleton | George Marston | Eric S. Marshall | "Lapsus Linguae" On second blank page, recto: Top center, in blue ink: "E. J. C. Kendall | September 1951 | given by Dr. E. S. Marshall" [E.S. Marshall was a member of the Nimrod expedition and of the polar party; E.J.C. Kendall was a British M.D., long the Medical Officer of Epsom College, Surrey] Dr E. S. Marshall This copy is almost certainly that which is now at Chicago's Newberry Library in its Gerald F. Fitzgerald collection, Copy 34 above.
169
same as
copy
09
USA Private Collection #2 Los Angeles, USA
B
Front: "The front inner board has, at the lower edge, a very small portion of an E followed by an R (possibly part of BUTTER)."
Back: "The rear inside board has at the bottom right hand side, and upside down, on two lines, "TARCTIC | N 1907.""
None J.P. Johnson This copy is now at UCLA in its Mary Joe Goodwin collection, Copy 09 above. According to John Millard in a letter to Robert Stephenson May 1, 1982, "Originally owned by J.P. Johnson & Family for many years. He was a Canterbury N.Z. area Sheep Farmer and an Expedition Benefactor." Came into the possession of Mary Joe Goodwin who donated it to UCLA.


Group DCopies That Lack Provenance, That May Appear Above, That May Not Exist, etc. The numbers 200-249 are reserved for this category. Total number of copies in this category: 9. Of these 5 have been confirmed (indicated by an *) as having existed at some time in the past. One of these--205--is now known to be Copy 34.


Copy No

Same as copy

Current Owner

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Inscriptions

Original Owner

Notes
200*
same as
copy
162?
Bluntisham/Walcot UK
A
Front: BUTTER
Back: unknown
"With the Editor's kindest | regards: | Ernest Shackleton | This Book was made | Bound; Printed, Published | in the Antarctic in | 1908." [On recto of blank leaf preceding title page, at least in the facsimile.] This is the copy that was used in the first facsimile edition, published in 1986 by Bluntisham/Paradigm. Apparently some material (The annotated '14 Good and True' illustration, for instance) included was from a copy at SPRI. David Walton told me that Patrick Walcot's copy was used for most of the facsimile.
201 VACANT This was formerly the Brocklehurst copy, which is now Copy 124.
202 Herbert Dyce Murphy Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown John Millard noted that John King Davis gave a copy to Herbert Dyce Murphy but this was never confirmed.
203* University of Otago, Hocken Library Dunedin, NZ
Unknown
Unknown Unknown Leonard Tripp An original copy was held "on deposit" in the Hocken Library from 17 March 1976 until it was returned to a descendant of the family concerned on 16 November 2005. Hocken Reference file: 804/3. The "original" copy that was held on deposit at the Hocken Library was classified at : Bliss KWT/Aur <#576012803> [From Hocken Library catalogue] NOTE: THIS INFORMATION CONFIRMED BY PERSONAL VISIT 19 MAY 2010.
204* Clare Lodge Harpenden, Hertfordshire, U.K.
Unknown
Unknown Unknown In a letter dated 11 September 1957 the writer, Mr E. Shutt, Governor, National Children's Home, stated that Clare Lodge had a copy of 'Aurora Australis.' Possibly given by sister of Frank Wild.
Needs confirmation.
205*
same as
copy
34
Dr. E.J.C. Kendall Cambridge ?, UK. (Now Chicago, USA)
A
Front: ME COM
Back: [mac?]ALISTER & CO. ON MERCHANTS. [liver]POOL. MI
In middle of page, in three different inks, signatures of "Ernest Shackleton | George Marston | Eric S. Marshall | "Lapsus Linguae" On second blank page, recto: Top center, in blue ink: "E. J. C. Kendall | September 1951 | given by Dr. E. S. Marshall" Dr Eric S. Marshall Photocopies for missing leaves in the SPRI copy (No 18) were made from a "copy in Dr. E.J.C. Kendall's possession." Same as Copy 34. This is the copy John Millard identified as "USA Private Collection #1". See Copy 168.
206* Royal Geographical Society London, UK
Unknown
Unknown Unknown The online catalogue of the Royal Geographical Society lists an Aurora Australis and gives a call number of MG161K. The control number is 351820. The catalogue gives it as: "(MISSING?)". According to Eugene Rae, Principal Librarian, the book has been missing for quite some time. At one time the shelves were open to all and presumably someone removed it.
207 Prof. Edgeworth David Australia ?
Unknown
Unknown Unknown John Millard noted that David had a copy but he was never able to find it.
208 Sir Thomas Ramsay Australia ?
Unknown
Unknown Unknown There is a pencil notation in some early papers that I have from John Millard of Toronto. Sir Thomas Ramsay is noted as having a copy, in Australia. Sir Thomas was a benefactor of Museum Victoria. There is a Ramsay Collection at Scotch College, Melbourne. He was a noted book collector, his collection or a portion of it is apparently being sold at Christie's in Australia in March 3, 1977. Although the 1977 volume of American Book Prices Current lists the Ramsay sale, no Aurora appears in ABPC as having appeared at that sale.
209 Sir John Smith Unknown
Unknown
Unknown Unknown
210* Kucharek copy Unknown
Unknown
Unknown Unknown John Millard, in a letter to Robert Stephenson dated 31 August 1983, writes: "Through a round about method I was able to get his [Mackintosh's] daughter's name & address in Britain. I wrote her in July 1982, she answered me in July 1983, apologizing for the delay, but didn't say why. She said, her father's copy of the 'A' was still with the family and hadn't been sold."
Robert Stephenson, in a letter to John Millard dated 4 February 1986, writes: "I had an interesting phone conversation in September with Bob Kucharek from England. As I recall he had seen or spoken with you in Toronto just before. I assume his copy is your "Private Coll. #7 Wilts" under private ownership in the UK."
Although not confirmed it appears that Mr Kucharek is deceased. What has happened to his Aurora is unknown.


Group ECopies that have Appeared at Auction or in Booksellers' Catalogues and that May Appear Above, or Whose Location is Presently Unknown. The numbers 250-299 are reserved for this category.
In the instance of two or more sales of the same copy, the copy appears according to the most recent sale date.
Total number of copies in this category: 66. Of these 17 have been confirmed (indicated by an *) as being present in Group A, B, C or D above.


Copy No

Same as copy

Current Owner

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Inscriptions

Original Owner

Notes
250*
same as
copy
32
Auction sales USA
A
Not given "The initial blank leaf is signed in Shackleton's hand: "Ernest Shackleton Editor." Maggs, London, 1950. Lot 4146, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 21 and 22 October 1969 (Streeter sale).
This copy is now at the British Library (Copy 32)
John Millard writes Robert Stephenson, 13 November 1983: "1.) You will note the Provenance is Maggs Bros. 1950. ... 2.) You will also note the single signature of Ernest Shackleton. ... There is also the possibility that it might be one of those 10 copies that Shackleton reportedly sold to Bumpus, the Bookseller in London, that Dora Diener of Edwards, mentioned to me sometime ago."
John Millard writes Robert Stephenson, 12 February 1986: "I am referring to the copy sold in the Streeter Sale in N.Y.C. in October '69. The Parke-Bernet Galleries tried to get in touch with the buyer, but did not get a response from him/her."
251*
same as
copy
107
Bookseller's catalogue UK
B
Front: B43935 25.1LB TINS
Back: ANTA[rctic] NI[mrod?] LYT[telton] LAND [party?] T[ea] 2.0.
None Unknown 281, Catalogue 1015, Francis Edwards, London, 1978.
Same as Copy 107 above.
252 Auction sale Scotland
A
"Front and end paper autographed by E.H. Shackleton, Bernard Day, George Edward Marston, James Murray, A. Forbes Mackay and Frank Wild". Lot 336, Christie's & Edmiston's, Scotland, 20 September 1982.
Probably Copies 117.
253 Bookseller's catalogue USA
B
Front: Unknown
Back: [b]RITISH [An]TARCTIC EXPEDITION
"On the recto of the first blank this copy has been signed by Shackleton, Bernard Day, George Edward Marston, James Murray, A. Forbes Mackay, and Frank Wild."
367, Catalogue 16, Bob Finch, Torrance, November 1982.
Could be Copy 252 because of the autographs.
254
same as
copies
134 264
Auction sale Australia
A
Front: OATM[meal]
Back: [oatm]EAL
"This copy is unusual in this respect, having the signatures of both Emest Shackleton (the expedition leader) and George Marston (the artist) on a blank after the colophon leaf." Lot 1435, Gaston Renard-Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 16 November 1994.
Based on the stencilling and signatures this could be Copy 254.
255*
same as
copies
103 133
Auction sale Australia
B
B[ritish] AN[tarctic] EX[pedition] [unclear what board the stencilling is on] Unknown Lot 1436, Gaston Renard-Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 16 November 1994.
256 Auction sale UK
A
Front: portion of BISCUIT
Back: unknown
Presumably no inscriptions as none are noted in the catalogue. Lot 161, Christie's King Street, 27 September 1996.
257 Auction sale USA
A
OAT-MEAL [unclear what board the stencilling is on] "signed on a front blank 'Ernest H. Shackleton George Marston'". Lot 300, High Latitude, Bainbridge Island, 30 September 1996. Priester copy.
258 Auction sale UK
A
portion of OATMEAL [unclear what board the stencilling is on] "To Sir Thomas Shaughnessy | with best wishes from | the Editor | E.H. Shackleton. | June 1910". Thomas George Shaughnessy. Lot 136, Christie's King Street, 26 September 1997.
Presentation copy to Thomas George Shaughnessy.
259*
same as
copy
102
Auction sale USA
A
Front: CRYSTAL[ised?] FRU[it] BUTTER & [b]AKED BEANS
Back: TINNED FRUIT
None Frank Wild Lot 338, High Latitude, Bainbridge Island, 29 September 1999. Holmes copy. Starr copy. Same as Copy 102 above.
260
same as
copy
297
Auction sale UK
A
Front: EXP[dition] 19[07?]
Back: BR[itish] ANT[arctic] EXPE[dition]
"To Ernest Perris from Ernest Shackleton. To one Editor of one million five hundred thousand copies per week from the Editor of ninety copies per year. With warmest wishes for his birthday. 15 Feb. 1914." Ernest Perris
Lot 153, Christie's King Street, 18 April 2000. Also Lot 193A, Sotheby's Chancery Lane (Hodgson's Rooms), London, December 13, 1979.
261
same as
copies
109? 311?
Auction sale UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANTA[rctic] EXPEDITION
Back:BUTTER
Unknown Lot 300, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, London, 16 September 2000.
In a letter to John Millard dated 24 March 1981, Kenneth Clarke of Blackwell's Rare Books wrote: "We had a very poor copy in 1971 of which we have little detail except the marking of the boards, which were: (Front cover) BRITISH ANTA EXPEDITION (Back cover) BUTTER." This copy also appeared in a Blackwell's catalogue of 1970 that accompanies the Copy 07 at the Morgan Library.
262 Auction sale UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
Back: Unknown
E.M.S. Emily Shackleton Lot 53, Christie's King Street, 25 September 2001.
Presentation copy to Emily Shackleton.
263 Auction sale UK
A
Front: KIDNEY SOUP
Back: Unknown
Emily Shackleton Cecily Shackleton Lot 55, Christie's King Street, 25 September 2001.
Presentation copy to Cecily Shackleton.
264
same as
copies
129 254
Auction sale UK
A
Front: [m]EAL
Back: OATM[meal]
Signed in ink by Shackleton and Marston on blank leaf following title page. Lot 182, Christie's King Street, 9 May 2002.
Based on the stencilling and signatures this could be Copy 254.
265 Auction sale UK
A
Front: None
Back: Unknown
"To Roderick Murchison | in remembrance of his | practical interest in the | Australasian Antarctic Expedition | from the Editor | E.H. Shackleton | 1911" Roderick Murchison Lot 129, Christie's King Street, 25 September 2002.
266 Auction sale UK
A
Front:17 IP N Y
Back: Unknown
"To my friend | Miss Janet Stancomb-Wills | this relic of another Expedition | is presented by the Editor | Ernest Shackleton | July 1917." Janet Stancomb Wills Lot 364, Christie's King Street, 25 September 2002.
267*
same as
copies
122 302
Auction sales UK, Canada
A
Front: OATMEAL
Back: [Brit]ISH ANTARCT[ic] [Exp]EDITION 190
None Lot 408, Sotheby's, Chancery Lane, 24 June 1976 to "Porter".
Dr Michael Porter (from 1976 to 2005)
Lot 243, Discovery Book Auctions, 14 September 2005.
Same as Copy 122.
268
same as
copies
41 303 312
Auction sales UK
Front: BEANS
Back: [Julie]NNE SOUP
None? Louis Bernacchi Lot 342, Bloomsbury, London, 16 October 2003 and Lot 345, Christie's King Street, 21 September 2005. "Louis Bernacchi by direct descent."
269
same as
copy
135
Auction sale UK
A
Front: [Marm]ALADE
Back: Unknown
"To Lady Grey from the Editor, E.H. Shackleton, June 1910" Lady Grey. Lot 683, Anderson & Garland, Newcastle, 21 March 2006.
270
same as
copy
136
Auction sale UK
A
Front: Unknown
Back:[Bri]TISH [Anta]RCTIC [Exped]ITION [19]07 62
"Presented to Mr Chars Cooper by one of the Printers. Ernest E. Joyce May 12th 1910" Charles Cooper Lot 181, Christie's King Street, 27 September 2006.
271*
same as
copy
104
Auction sale USA
B
Front:[Bri]TISH [Anta]RCTIC [Expe]DITION
Back: VEAL
"Inscribed to Mr and Mrs Buckley, signed by author, Wild, Marston, Joyce and Day." George Buckley. Lot 120, Swann Galleries, New York, 24 May 2007.
Levinson copy. See Copy 104.
272* Auction sale
B
Front: TARCTIC N 1907
Back: TARCTIC N 1907
"To our old Pal Tom Eames | Wishing him the best of | luck. From the Printers | Ernest E. Joyce" and further inscribed below by Frank Wild. Tom Eames Apparently the stencilling is the same on both inner boards.
Date of sale: 26 June 2007. Lot 228. Results: &27,600 which includes the buyer's premium.
273
same as
copies
40 127
Auction sale UK
Unknown To G. Wyatt Truscott | from the Editor | E H Shackleton | 1909 [This date has been added later in pencil and is not part of the original presentation inscription.] G. Wyatt Truscott Lot 348, Sotheby's, 29 November 1990.
274*
same as
copy
126
Auction sale UK
Unknown "To Mrs Lysaght from | the Editor E H Shackleton | with best wishes | Feb. 1910" Mrs Lysaght Lot 457, Sotheby's, 27 June 1991.
Same as Copy 126.
275
same as
copies
115 304
Auction sale UK, USA
B
[based on catalogue description]
Unknown "With Best Wishes to Mr & Mrs Hill from the printer Ernest E. Joyce August 19th 1911" Mr & Mrs Hill Lot 1223, Sotheby's, 18 November 1986; Lot 274, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 11 October 1991
276 Auction sale UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANT[arctic] SHIP NIM[rod] LYTT[elton]
Back: Unknown
"To my grandson Nicholas J. Fright on his 21st. Birthday 31 December 1970. To keep in memory of his great-uncle Frank Wild, who made this book in the Antarctic. With best wishes, Laurence C. Wild." Laurence Wild Lot 188, Sotheby's, 22 June 1995.
277 Auction sale UK
Unknown Unknown Frank Wild Lot 149, Christie's, 25 October 2005.
"The fifth Aurora Australis went with Wild to South Africa and somehow it was acquired by POB Frost and eventually found its way to Brian Frost in Cape Town." Source: Angie Butler.
278* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
279* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
280* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
281* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
282* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
283* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
284* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown "Notation in catalogue at Sothebys, London, in blue pencil: "Mrs Pamela Gow""
285* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown "The consigners were: The Earl Amherst, the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, the Devon & Exeter Institution, Commander W.D.M. Stavely and other donors."
286* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
287* Auction sale
Unknown Probably not as no mention of same in sale catalogue.
288* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown "Bdg loose, spine detached."
289*
same as
copy
29
Auction sale UK
A
Front: None
Back:[an]TARCTIC [expediti]ON 1907
"To Henry Nuttall with | Kindest wishes from the Editor E.H. Shackleton, | in remembrance of the | practical help to our | Scientific Results and | the always sympathetic | attitude towards the Expedition | August 1911 | This book was made in | the Antarctic. | E.H. Shackleton." Henry Nuttall Lot 265, Sotheby's, November 17, 1970. £450 [Cavendish]. See Copy 29 which is the same copy.
290*
same as
copy
108
Auction sale UK
A
Front: 1903
Back: 40 x 1 LBS CHOCOLATE
"To Belle Donaldson | from E.H. Shackleton | Xmas 1910." Belle Donaldson Lot 266, Sotheby's, November 17, 1970. £350 [Cavendish]. See Copy 108 which is the same copy.
291* Auction sale
Unknown Unknown
292* Auction sale
Front:
Back:
Unknown Date of sale: 20 March 1912. Lot 216. Results: £4
293* Auction sale
Front:
Back:
Unknown
294* Auction sale
Front:
Back:
Unknown
295* Auction sale
Front:
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Unknown
296* Auction sale
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Unknown
297* Auction sale
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Unknown
298* Auction sale
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Unknown
299* Auction sale
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Unknown
300* Auction sale
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Unknown
301* Auction sale
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Unknown
302*
same as
copies
122 267
Auction sale USA
A
Front: OATMEAL
Back: ISH ANT ARCT EDITION 190
None Purchased at Discovery Book Auctions, Calgary, Alberta, 14 September 2005. Lot 243. The Porter Copy. Sold for US$53,437.50 which includes the 12.5% buyer's premium. In turn, the consigner—Dr Michael Porter—purchased it at Sotheby's Chancery Lane (Hodgson's Rooms), London, on 24 June 1976. Lot 408. Sold for £850.
303*
same as
copies
41 268 312
Auction sale USA
B
Front: BEANS
Back: NNE SOUP
Unknown, probably none Louis Bernacchi On the inside front cover is affixed a newspaper clipping: "A Polar Book.—Messrs. Sotheby's sale yesterday included a copy of the "Aurora Australis," published at the Winter Quarters of the Antarctic Expedition, 1907, illustrated with lithographs and etchings by G. Marston; this is the first book ever printed in the Polar regions, and was edited by Sir E. H. Shackleton, the covers of the book being made from the wood of the packing-cases which contained the provisions, and is one of only 90 copies struck off; it realized £10 5s." In ink at top: "Times March 29 1912"
304*
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115 275
Auction sale USA
A
Front: 537
Back: TISH ANTARC PEDITION 19
"With Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Hill from the printer Ernest E. Joyce August 19th, 1911" This copy was sold at Sotheby's 18 November 1986, Lot 1223, bought by Quaritch. Quaritch presumably sold it to Richard Manney. Acquired at the Manney Sale (Sotheby Parke Bernet 11 October 1991, Lot 274) by a private New Jersey collector. Sold to the present owner on 15 March 2000. See Copies 275 and 304.
305* Auction sale
A
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"Inscribed by Shackleton."
306* Auction sale
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Unknown
307* Auction sale
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Unknown Date of sale: 6 February 1912. Lot 526. Results: £8/5/- [Johnston]
308*
same as
copy
110 104
Auction sale USA
B
Front: TISH RCTIC DITION
Back: VEAL
"To Mr & Mrs George Buckley | as a remembrance of the | practical help and enduring | sympathy to our little Expedition | from the Publishers, Editor | Artist & printers. | E. H. Shackleton. | Frank Wild | George Marston. | Ernest E. M. Joyce | Bernard C. Day." George Buckley Provenance: Shackleton to George Buckley...John Levinson (purchased at a Bloomsbury auction sale), to unknown American buyer at the Swann sale.
309*
same as
copy
104
Auction sale USA
A
Front: BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907
Back: 443
None Ernest Joyce Provenance: The present owners purchased this copy at a 1992 New Zealand auction sale (Lot 500, Copy No 309 Peter Webb Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand, December 10, 1992.) It was consigned by a member of the Joyce family.
310* Auction sale
A
Front: 25. 1LB TINS BRITISH
Back: RTIC NIMROD YETELTO AND PAI TEA
Probably none
311*
probably same as
copy
109
Bookseller's Catalogue UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANTA EXPEDITION
Back: BUTTER
Probably none 004, Catalogue 895, Blackwells, Oxford, 1970. £825. See Copy 109 which is probably the same copy.
312* Auction sale
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Unknown Date of sale: 28 March 1912. Lot 218. Results: £10/5/- [Maylin]
313* Auction sale
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Unknown Date of sale: 27 June 1912. Lot 180. Results: £5/7/6. [Francis Edwards]
314*
same as
copy
105
Auction sale USA
A
Front: PEDITION 907
Back: None
'Ernest H Shackleton | George Marston' The present owner purchased this copy in 1986 from Jake Zeitlin (Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, Los Angeles).
315* Auction sale
Front: S
Back: PETIT POIS
Probably none Sotheby's, London, 28 April 2016, Lot 65. Petit Pois copy

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