Shackleton's Last Voyage.
The Story of the Quest. From the Official Journal and Private Diary kept by Dr. A. H. Macklin.London, Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1923 Stock Code: 137538
NotesFirst edition, third impression. Wild had joined Scott on the Discovery, travelled with Mawson on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, "and was a close friend of Shackleton on both the Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23, but the explorer's death sapped Wild's desire to continue" (Howgego). This is a handsome publication reproducing "the last photographs of Shackleton to be taken" (Taurus). Wild emigrated to South Africa, and drifted into bankruptcy and alcoholism. He died destitute in Johannesburg in 1939.
Large octavo. Original blue cloth, titles and pictorial panel to spine in gilt, front board with titles in black and pictorial block of the Quest to front board in black, white and gilt, all within concentric frames in black and white, pictorial endpapers.
Coloured frontispiece, 50 halftone plates from photographs, sketch maps in the text.
Ownership inscription to front endpaper verso. A very good copy, spine gently cocked and toned, couple of small nicks to spine ends, tips lightly bumped, rubbing to extremities, slight discolouration to cloth, top edge marked and dust toned, foxing to edges, endmatter and occasionally to contents; dampstain to p. 147.
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