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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Aurora Australis, 1908-09

Overview

Creator: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) (preface writer)
Creation Date: 
1908 - 1909
Materials: 
Printed on paper between Venesta packing case boards, rebound in quarter leather cow with original cowhide spine inset
Dimensions: 
27.5 x 3.5 cm
RCIN 
1121970
Acquirer: King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
Provenance: 
Belonged to King Edward VII, probably presented by Ernest Shackleton, 1909
Description:

Bound in Venesta packing case boards, rebacked in quarter leather cow with original cowhide spine inset

Aurora Australis was the first book ever to be printed in the Antarctic, on a press donated by Joseph Causton and Sons. It contained a mixture of serious essays, poetry and light-hearted verse, with illustrations by George Marston, the expedition artist on both the Nimrod and the Endurance. Around 80 copies were produced, with bindings made from packing crates (in this case one that had stored mock turtle soup).

Further details

Additional Creators: After George Marston (1882-1940) (illustrator)
British Antarctic Expedition : Antarctica (publisher)
Category: 
Books