AURORA AUSTRALIS


Census of copies of the Aurora Australis


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: 23 December 2011.



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: 39. Of these 39 have been confirmed (indicated by an *) as being present at the location given.

Copy
No

Current Owner

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Original Owner

Notes
01* John Carter Brown Library Providence, RI, USA
A
Front: [st]EWED KIDNEYS
Back: [antar]RCTIC 1907.
Possibly "the Earl Amherst, the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, the Devon and Exeter Institution, Commander W.D.M. Stavely and other donors." 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
Unknown Later owner Bassett Jones.
03* Dartmouth College Hanover, NH, USA
A
Front: OATM[meal]
Back: [briti]ISH [anta]RCTIC [expedi]ITION [19]07
Purchased by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1930
04* Harvard University Cambridge, MA, USA
A
Front: [j & t b]AYLEY Ltd [exp]ORT [pac]KERS [Lon]DON E C
Back: None
Unknown Later owner: Donald McKay Frost
05* Huntington Library San Marino, California, USA
A
Front: [bottled f]RUIT
Back: None
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
Unknown
07* Morgan Library New York, NY, USA
A
Front: None
Back: oat[MEAL]
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
None Unknown 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* University of California at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA, USA
B
Front: E followed by an R
Back: TARCTIC | N 1907.
J.P. Johnson 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[iley] EXP[port] PACK[ers] LOND[on]
Unknown G850 1907 .A80
11* Christ's College, Cambridge Cambridge, UK
A
Front: [iri]SH STEW
Back: [mutt?]ON CUTLETS
Sir Raymond Priestley
12* Dulwich College Dulwich, London, UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907
Back: PETIT POIS
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[p]
Back: None
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: [fr]UIT
Unknown "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 [bailey] EX[port] PAC[kers] LON[don]
Back: BRITISH ANTARCTIC with the lower half of Antarctic clipped.
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 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[k tu]RTLE [soup]
Back: BRITISH AN[tarctic] EXPEDITIO[n] and crate number 1723. Inside spine: [expedi]TION 1907 [it's unclear what 'inside spine' refers to.]
King Edward VII No inscriptions which seems odd.
18* Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge, UK
A
Front: BRI[tish?]
Back: BUTTER
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
Unknown Presented to the Bodleian by John Ehrman.
20* Australian Antarctic Division Library Kingston, Tasmania, Australia
A
Front: None
Back: BUTTER
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
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
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 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
Capt J. K. Davis This copy is extra-illustrated.
25* Museum Victoria Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A
Front: None
Back: CHICKEN
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
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
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.
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* Canterbury Museum Christchurch, NZ
A
Front: None
Back:[an]TARCTIC [expediti]ON 1907
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
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
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* British Library London, U.K.
A
None Unknown The Streeter copy (see 250).
33* National Library of Australia Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
A
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
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.
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 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.
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
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)
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."

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: 27. Of these 25 have been confirmed (indicated by an *) as being present at the location given.

Copy
No

Current Owner

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Original Owner

Notes
100* Bugayer copy USA
101* Campbell copy UK
A
Front: BUT
Back: TER
Purchased from Francis Edwards no later than September 1980.
102* Crawford copy Wyoming, USA
A
Front: CRYSTAL[ised] FRU[it] [BUTTER & [b]AKED BEANS
Back: TINNED FRUIT
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* Greene copy Washington, USA
B
B[ritish] AN[tarctic] EX[pedition] Unclear whether front or back board. In the Millard census this was given as "USA Private Collection #3." Purchased at or after the Renard sale, Lot 1436.
104* Unknown (previously John Levinson) Unknown (USA)
B
Front: [bri]TISH [anta]RCTIC
Back: [expe]DITION VEAL
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
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. A Shackleton family member Presumably still in the family
107* Stephenson copy New Hampshire, USA
B
Front: B43935 25.1LB TINS
Back: ANTA[rctic] NI[mrod?] LYT[telton] LAND [party?] T[ea] 2.0.
No inscriptions or signatures. Purchased from Francis Edwards Ltd. 1978.
108* Taaffe copy Athy, Ireland
A
Front: 1903
Back: 40 x 1 LBS CHOCOLATE
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* Taurus Collection Unknown
A
Front: BRITISH ANTA[rctic] EXPEDITION
Back: BUTTER
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* Ernest Joyce copy New Jersey, USA
A
Front: BRITISH [partially obscured by leather hinge] ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907
Back: 443
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* UK Private Collection 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
No inscriptions or signatures.
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
"Purchased for AUD500 from a bookseller in Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia, in 1969."
No inscriptions or signatures.
114 UK Private Collection Norfolk, UK
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* USA Private Collection Bay Area, California
116* 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.
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* UK Private Collection Scotland, UK
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 UK
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
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
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
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* Ann Arbor copy Michigan, USA
A
Front: OATMEAL
Back: [brit]ISH ANTARCT[ic] EDITION 190
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
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
Sir Philip Brocklehurst Formerly the copy owned by Sir Philip Brocklehurst, now owned by a descendant.
125* San Rafael CA copy California, USA
Unknown
126* Simper copy UK
A
None Mrs Lysaght The same as Copy 274.


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

Current Owner

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Original Owner

Notes
150 Argentina Private Collection #1 Argentina
A
151 Australia Private Collection #1 N.S.W., Australia
A
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 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
B
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
B
155 Australia Private Collection #5 Victoria, Australia
156 France Private Collection #1 France
157 New Zealand Private collection #1 Near Christchurch, NZ.
A
This is Copy 110 above, now owned by Seamus Taaffe, previously by J.P. Skellerup.
158 New Zealand Private collection #2 Near Lower Hutt, NZ
A
159 New Zealand Private collection #3 Near Wellington, NZ
160 UK Private Collection #1 Oxford, UK
A
161 UK Private Collection #2 London, UK
A
162 UK Private Collection #3 Sutton Coldfield, UK
A
163 UK Private Collection #4 Scotland, UK
A
164 UK Private Collection #5 Middlesex, UK
A
165 UK Private Collection #6 Hertfordshire, UK This is probably Copy 200 below.
166 UK Private Collection #7 Oxon., UK
B
This is Copy 106 above, formerly owned by John Levinson.
167 UK Private Collection #8 London, UK
168 USA Private Collection #1 Illinois, USA
A
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 USA Private Collection #2 Los Angeles, USA
B
This copy is now at UCLA in its Mary Joe Goodwin collection, Copy 09 above.


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

Current Owner

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Original Owner

Notes
200* Bluntisham/Walcot UK
A
Front: BUTTER
Back: unknown
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
202 Herbert Dyce Murphy 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
A
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.
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* Dr. E.J.C. Kendall Cambridge ?, UK 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.
206* Royal Geographical Society London, UK A copy is listed in the Society's online catalogue but with the notation "MISSING".
207 Prof. Edgeworth David Australia ? John Millard noted that David had a copy but he was never able to find it.
208 Sir Thomas Ramsay Australia ? John Millard noted that Ramsay, a prominent Australian book collector, had a copy but this was never confirmed.


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: 32. Of these 11 have been confirmed (indicated by an *) as being present in Group A, B, C or D above.


Copy
No

Auction/
Bookseller

Location

Variant

Stencilling

Original Owner

Notes
250* Auction sales USA
A
Maggs, London, 1950. Lot 4146, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 21 and 22 October 1969 (Streeter sale).
251* Bookseller's catalogue UK
B
Front: B43935 25.1LB TINS
Back: ANTA[rctic] NI[mrod?] LYT[telton] LAND [party?] T[ea] 2.0.
Unknown 281, Catalogue 1015, Francis Edwards, London, 1978.
Same as Copy 107 above.
252 Auction sale Scotland
A
Lot 336, Christie's & Edmiston's, Scotland, 20 September 1982.
Probably Copy 163 and 204 above.
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 Auction sale Australia
A
Front: OATM[meal]
Back: [oatm]EAL
Lot 1435, Gaston Renard-Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 16 November 1994.
Based on the stencilling and signatures this could be Copy 254.
255* Auction sale Australia
B
B[ritish] AN[tarctic] EX[pedition] [unclear what board the stencilling is on] Lot 1436, Gaston Renard-Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 16 November 1994.
256 Auction sale UK
A
Front: portion of BISCUIT
Back: unknown
Lot 161, Christie's King Street, 27 September 1996.
257 Auction sale USA
A
OAT-MEAL [unclear what board the stencilling is on] 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] Thomas George Shaughnessy. Lot 136, Christie's King Street, 26 September 1997.
Presentation copy to Thomas George Shaughnessy.
259* Auction sale USA
A
Front: CRYSTAL[ised?] FRU[it] BUTTER & [b]AKED BEANS
Back: TINNED FRUIT
Frank Wild Lot 338, High Latitude, Bainbridge Island, 29 September 1999. Holmes copy. Starr copy. Same as Copy 102 above.
260 Auction sale UK
A
Front: EXP[dition] 19[07?]
Back: BR[itish] ANT[arctic] EXPE[dition]
Ernest Perris "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."
Lot 153, Christie's King Street, 18 April 2000. Also Lot 193A, Sotheby's Chancery Lane (Hodgson's Rooms), London, December 13, 1979.
261 Auction sale UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANTA[rctic] EXPEDITION
Back:BUTTER
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
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
Cecily Shackleton Lot 55, Christie's King Street, 25 September 2001.
Presentation copy to Cecily Shackleton.
264 Auction sale UK
A
Front: [m]EAL
Back: OATM[meal]
Lot 182, Christie's King Street, 9 May 2002.
Signed by Shackleton and Marston.
Based on the stencilling and signatures this could be Copy 254.
265 Auction sale UK
A
Front: None
Back: Unknown
Roderick Murchison Lot 129, Christie's King Street, 25 September 2002.
"To Roderick Murchison in remembrance of his practical interest in the Australasian Antarctic Expedition from the Editor E.H. Shackleton 1911"
266 Auction sale UK
A
Front:17 IP N Y
Back: Unknown
Janet Stancomb Wills Lot 364, Christie's King Street, 25 September 2002.
"To my friend Miss Janet Stancomb-Wills this relic of another Expedition is presented by the Editor Ernest Shackleton July 1917."
267* Auction sales UK, Canada
A
Front: OATMEAL
Back: [Brit]ISH ANTARCT[ic] [Exp]EDITION 190
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 Auction sales UK
Front: BEANS
Back: [Julie]NNE SOUP
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 Auction sale UK
A
Front: [Marm]ALADE
Back: Unknown
Lady Grey. "To Lady Grey from the Editor, E.H. Shackleton, June 1910"
Lot 683, Anderson & Garland, Newcastle, 21 March 2006.
270 Auction sale UK
A
Front: Unknown
Back:[Bri]TISH [Anta]RCTIC [Exped]ITION [19]07 62
Charles Cooper Lot 181, Christie's King Street, 27 September 2006.
"Presented to Mr Chars Cooper by one of the Printers. Ernest E. Joyce May 12th 1910"
271* Auction sale USA
B
Front:[Bri]TISH [Anta]RCTIC [Expe]DITION
Back: VEAL
George Buckley. Lot 120, Swann Galleries, New York, 24 May 2007.
Levinson copy. See Copy 104.
272 Auction sale UK
B
Front and Back:[an]TARCTIC [expeditio]N 1907
[apparently the same on both boards]
Tom Eames. Lot 228, Bonhams, 26 June 2007.
"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.
273 Auction sale UK
Unknown G. Wyatt Truscott Lot 348, Sotheby's, 29 November 1990.
Presentation copy to G. Wyatt Truscott, Lord Mayor of London.
274* Auction sale UK
Unknown Mrs Lysaght Lot 457, Sotheby's, 27 June 1991.
Presentation copy to Mrs Lysaght. Same as Copy 126.
275 Auction sale UK, USA
B
[based on catalogue description]
Unknown Mr & Mrs Hill Lot 1223, Sotheby's, 18 November 1986; Lot 274, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 11 October 1991
"With Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Hill from the printer Ernest E. Joyce August 19th, 1911"
276 Auction sale UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANT[arctic] SHIP NIM[rod] LYTT[elton]
Back: Unknown
Laurence Wild Lot 188, Sotheby's, 22 June 1995.
"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."
277 Auction sale UK
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.
289* Auction sale UK
A
Front: None
Back:[an]TARCTIC [expediti]ON 1907
Henry Nuttall Lot 265, Sotheby's, November 17, 1970. Inscribed to Henry Nuttall. £450 [Cavendish]. See Copy 29 which is the same copy.
290* Auction sale UK
A
Front: 1903
Back: 40 x 1 LBS CHOCOLATE
Belle Donaldson Lot 266, Sotheby's, November 17, 1970. Inscribed to Belle Donaldson. £350 [Cavendish]. See Copy 108 which is the same copy.
309* Auction sale UK
A
Front: BRITISH [partially obscured by leather hinge] ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1907
Back: 443
Ernest Joyce Lot 500, Copy No 309 Peter Webb Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand, December 10, 1992.
311* Bookseller's Catalogue UK
A
Front: BRITISH ANTA[rctic] EXPEDITION
Back: BUTTER
004, Catalogue 895, Blackwells, Oxford, 1970. £825. See Copy 109 which is the same copy.

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