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The Log of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Ernest Mills Joyce. With an introduction by Hugh Robert Mill
And a new introduction by Beau Riffenburgh

From the dust-jacket of the original edition:

"The whole grim truth about life on an Antarctic expedition will never be printed, but in this book, a transcript of the log kept by Mr. Joyce on the most arduous depot-laying journeys ever accomplished, real facts are bluntly revealed without idealization or romance. Mr. Joyce, who had entered the Navy at the age of fifteen, had so distinguished himself in previous Antarctic expeditions that he was asked by Shackleton to join his Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition, and put in charge of the laying of depots at intervals of sixty miles from the Ross Sea to the Beardmore Glacier within six degrees twenty minutes of the South Pole.

The introduction by Dr Hugh Robert Mill, the well-known expert in Antarctic travel, enables the reader to start the log fully informed of all the circumstances of the journey. 

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This is a limited edition facsimile of 300 individually numbered copies of the 1929 original, including the jacket. 

Hardback, jacketed, 220pp + 32 plates.60 illustrations. Price £30.00 Order.


two years below the horn

A Personal Memoir of Operation Tabarin—Andrew Taylor 
Edited and with an introduction by Stephen Haddelsey

Andrew Taylor, the field commander of Operation Tabarin was one of the forgotten heroes of Antarctic exploration. Early in 1944 nine men landed on a tiny, barren island off the west coast of the Graham Land Peninsula in Antarctica. Armed with only a small assortment of rifles and pistols and with an obsolete 12-pounder mounted on the bows of their decrepit supply vessel, their official purpose was to prevent German U-boats and surface raiders from using Antarctic and sub-Antarctic harbours for refuelling and resupply. Unofficially, they were tasked with reasserting British territorial rights in the face of increasingly confident incursions by neutral Argentina. Written in 1947 by the man who ultimately became Operation Tabarin’s commander-in-the-field, this is the only contemporary account to cover the expedition’s entire two-year history. Never before published, it provides a unique perspective on events that are vital to our understanding of both the history of Antarctic exploration and the complex geopolitics of the region. 

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Hardback, jacketed, 376pp, approx.; 4pp colour and 12pp b&w plates. Over 80 pictures, drawings and maps. Price: £37.50 Order.

High quality postcards featuring images from early publications and some reproductions of early postcards
1. Souvenir postcard commemorating the return of the Belgian Scientific Expedition of 1898-99. Postcard dated 1899.
2. Postcard produced in 1904. The cards were transported on Discovery and posted at various ports on the way down. Each card carried a cancellation stamp of SS Discovery. This card was posted in New Zealand.
3. Scott’s Discovery in Winterquarters Bay. Photograph by Louis Bernacchi, 1903
4. Ernest Joyce, dogs and penguins. Postcard dated 1909.
5. A 1910 Shell card advertising card.
6. A 1910 postcard celebrating the reaching of the North Pole – at different times – by Frederick Cook and Robert Peary. This was obviously issued before all the controversy arose.
7. Three great polar explorers – Shackleton, Peary and Amundsen. Photograph probably taken c.1912-13.
8. A new and accurate map of the islands of the Antarctic, together with the neighbouring countries of Argentina, Chile, etc. Drawn for The Erskine Press by Talland Power, 2009.
Price £5.50 (incl. VAT)


post cards of Antarctic ships

High quality postcards featuring images from early publications and some reproductions of early postcards
1. The Belgica during the Antarctic night – The Belgian Antarctic expedition of 1898-99. Photographed by Frederick Cook. Postcard dated 1900.
2. The Swedish South Polar Expedition of 1901-1904 – The Last moments of the Antarctic. . Postcard dated 1903.
3. The Discovery in winter quarters. Painted by Edward Wilson, 1903
4. Jean-Baptiste Charcot beside Francais, celebrating Bastille Day, July 1904
5. Shackleton’s Endurance, crushed in the ice, October 1915.
6. One of a series of memorial postcards produced in 1913, after the news broke of the death of Scott and his party.
7. A colour postcard from the 1920s showing Shackleton’s Endurance trapped the ice. This was not postally used, possibly because there are no polar bears in Antarctica.
8. Admiral Byrd’s City of New York at the 1933 Chicago World’s fair. Postcard dated 1933.
Price £5.50 (incl. VAT)

The Quest, under the command of Ernest Shackleton sailed from St Katherine’s Dock, London on 17 September 1921. This was Shackleton’s 4th Antarctic journey, the purpose of which was ostensibly to circumvent the Antarctic continent, looking for lost sub-polar islands. Shackleton was not well—and he saw this last voyage as a chance to relive old times. He appeared somewhat listless and was drinking too much. When the ship arrived in Buenos Aires he had what appeared to be a heart attack but refused to let any doctor attend to him. On 4 January 1922 the ship reached South Georgia and the following morning he had another heart attack and died. The Quest continued under the command of Frank Wild but there was little enthusiasm for further exploration and soon returned to South Georgia where, on 5 March 1922, Shackleton was buried. The Quest returned to England. In 1923 Wild undertook a series of lectures and talks about the voyage and this is a facsimile of a 1923 4-page brochure advertising these talks.
There a six photographs, a page on the Quest’s trip and a page on Commander Frank Wild, CBE. The brochure is protected by a clear pocket and posted unfolded in a strong flat cardboard envelope.

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The brochure is 255x190mm - 10" x 71/2" £4.00 Order

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