54 BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1907-1909 British Antarctic Expedition. 1907. Midwinter Celebration. At Winter Quarters, Cape Royds. Lat. 77° .. 32' S. Long. 166° .. 72' E. June 23rd. 1908. [East Antarctica: printed on the Albion Press by Wild and Joyce, 1908]. 3 leaves (26 x 19cm.): blank leaf, etched plate by George Marston printed on verso of second leaf (recto blank), third leaf with text of menu headed by a woodcut vignette (verso blank). Hole-punched and tied with thin green cord within original pink paper wrappers, letterpress title printed on upper cover with 4-line quote from Tennyson and 'Two Penguins' printer's device (small clean tears to edges of wrappers).
PROVENANCE: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), and thence by descent.
A VERY RARE PIECE OF EPHEMERAL PRINTiNG FROM THE PRESS WHICH PRODUCED THE AURORA AUSTRALIS. 'After a teetotal regime the Midwinter Day, the Great Polar Festival and Birthday festivals were a release, and an occasion for a 'wild spree'.' (Sir E.H. Shackleton, The Heart of the Antarctic, London, 1909, I, p.216). The same volume shows a photograph of this feast, the hut interior hung with flags, facing p.224.
Estimate: £1,000-1,500 Hammer £8,500; £9987.50 with premium
GOLDING YOUNG & MAWER
Thursday 3 January 2019. Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK.
Lot 1. The British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 led by Ernest Shackleton - June 23rd 1908. The Midwinter Celebration Programme from Winter Quarters, Cape Royds. Antarctica. LAT. 77° .. 32 S. LONG. 166° .. 12 E. Printed upon The Albion Press by Wild & Joyce 1908, comprising 3 leaves with etched plate after George Marston (recto blank) printed menu headed by woodcut vignette. Hole punched and tied with green cord, in original pink card wrappers. Printed Letterpress title page with Tennyson quotation and twin penguin printers device. 26 x 19cm.
The 1907 - 1909 Antarctic Expedition. NIMROD Property of WILLIAM CHARLES ROBERTS born 1872 Feltham, London. Travelled to New Zealand upon the SS Runic with 7 shore party members, Roberts was the cook for the expedition but also was acknowledged in his work on the Zoological studies whilst part of the shore party.
Edgeworth David, the leader of the South Magnetic Pole Party named 'Cape Roberts' upon Antarctica after William Charles Roberts during the expedition.
RESULT: £6400 including buyer's premium.