Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Aurora Australis, 1908-09
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).
British Antarctic Expedition : Antarctica (publisher)