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  • With the “Aurora” in the Antarctic 1911-1914. – Captain John King Davis – Scarce First Edition 1919

    With the “Aurora” in the Antarctic 1911-1914. – Captain John King Davis – Scarce First Edition 1919

    The rare first edition of this primary Heroic era account. Published by Melrose, London no date but 1919.

    Preface by Douglas Mawson. There is little that appears in “Home of the Blizzard” that appears here and vice versa. As such it is an excellent companion to the Blizzard and harder to find in any condition.

    John King Davis skippered seven Antarctic voyages between 1907 and 1930.

    Large octavo, xxi, 183 pages, 8 maps (1 folding), plan, 83 illustrations on 42 plates … more illustrations in text. Original blue cloth binding with gilt title to spine, with the ghost of an old shelf number, ship device, a little rubbing. New end papers and book tightened, browned title from retained tissue guard, otherwise a very good copy of a scarce item. Taurus 101, Rosove 87, Spence 354.

    John King Davis was Captain of the Aurora during Mawson’s 1911-1914 Expedition. The expedition encountered many challenges along with the dangerous weather and uncharted nature of the Antarctic coastline there were problems with the ship including failing pups and engine difficulties. Much of the success and relative safety of the expedition was put down to Davis’s “masterly seamanship, firm decision of mind, and courageous daring in handling the expedition ship Aurora” The Aurora made several critical voyages, establishing and the later relieving the wintering bases at Macquarie Island and the Antarctic mainland at Commonwealth Bay and the Shackleton Ice Shelf. Davis was left with the decision … whether to wait for blizzards and harsh seas to abate to collect Mawson’s party, or to relive the second base party led by Frank Wild … he chose the latter.

    John King Davis and his first-hand account on the Aurora.


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  • Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    An original magic lantern slide showing clearly the New Zealand Ross Dependency, by Newton & Co.

    The Ross Dependency takes its name from Sir James Clark Ross ho discovered the Ross Sea and Victoria Land in 1841 and claimed the region for Britain.

    The region is defined by a sector originating at the South Pole and passing along longitude 160 degrees east and 150 degrees east and stopping at latitude 60 degrees south.

    On 30th July 1923 an order was published in the Government Gazette of the Dominion of New Zealand that the region should be named the “Ross dependency”’ and that the Governor-General and Commander in Chief of New Zealand will be Governor of the Territory.

    Newton & Co were formed in 1858. In the period 1912-1925 they had premises in Covent Garden. S we are pretty sure that the slide comes from 1923 and was prepared for presentations concerning these changes.

    Standard size circa 3.5 inches or 8cm by 8cm.

    Historic Cartographic record – the formalisation of the Ross Dependency in the Antarctic


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  • Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    An original photograph of Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington on their way to the Antarctic (The Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition 1946-48). The first women to winter over on the Antarctic and in Jennie Darlington’s case the first woman to get pregnant on the cold Continent.

    Bright clean photograph with negligible impact from handling a good size 22cm by 18cm

    Jackie real name Edith Ronne was the wife of one of the great mid-century expedition leaders Finn Ronne (his father was with Amundsen). The story goes that the decision for Jackie to go and stay on the Antarctic was made on the preliminary voyage going south and perhaps even more unusual that the glamorous Jennie Darlington, wife of expedition pilot Harry Darlington, was also persuaded on that outbound voyage and that the rational was to avoid any criticism of Finn taking wife Jackie at the last minute mmhhh. Seemingly, the girls did not get on … and spent months on end not talking to each other.

    Regardless of all of that much was accomplished on this the last privately funded Antarctic expedition .. new ground was covered and mapped and pieces of it named after Jackie who proved invaluable in keeping accurate records of the achievements.

    Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – Female Antarctic Pioneers


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  • Polar Item – Scott Centenary (1912 – 2012) – Christie’s Sale

    Polar Item – Scott Centenary (1912 – 2012) – Christie’s Sale

    One of the collectable Christies/ Bonham Polar Sale Catalogues.

    Christies Travel, Science and Natural History Catalogue with a special emphasis on the Antarctic and the Scott Expeditions. Quarto, 60 pages illustrated to the expected impeccable standard.

    Some exceptional travel items catalogued with a good Australian and Pacific content. Includes forty pages of unique Antarctic items that will make any enthusiast salivate.

    Our favourites … Mawson’s specimen boxes, Shackleton’s sledge harness, letters from Apsley Cherry-Garrard to his mother (“I sleep under Bowers. It is going to be a very warm hut and we live very well here”), Ponting’s best photographs and Scott’s marching compass. Well we like it all really. We all missed the boat on this one!

    Unique Polar items and other travel delicacies


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  • Antarctica – Evangelos Papathanassiou – Scarce Vinyl Pressing 1983

    Antarctica – Evangelos Papathanassiou – Scarce Vinyl Pressing 1983

    Fine copy of the soundtrack by “Vangelis” to Koreyoshi Kurahara’s 1983 film about the 1958 ill-fated Japanese scientific expedition to the South Pole, and the dramatic rescue from impossible weather conditions on their return journey. It’s as much about the survival of some of the dogs initially left behind as the people. Vangelis was invited to produce his dramatic electronic music score after the worldwide success of Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner.

    The film was not that successful overseas, whilst being the Japanese sponsored entry it was not accepted in the foreign language section of the Academy Awards. Back home in Japan the beautiful huskies managed to get the film a Popularity Award.

    Vangelis on the other hand shows his usual innovation and brilliance. Rare Japanese pressing. Perfect Condition.

    Best listened to with the aircon very low


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  • Scott of the Antarctic – Royal Doulton

    Scott of the Antarctic – Royal Doulton

    A miniature jug by Royal Doulton, from their Explorers Series. Scott of the Antarctic in fine condition no marks or chips. Tiny in size .. around 6cm by 4cm. Designed by Stanley Taylor and issued as limited number of 2,000 in 1997.

    Scott remembered albeit in a small way


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