Antarctic tiles

The Facsimilies


An account of the Voyage of the Belgica – Georges Lecointe



Over 120 years ago a Belgian expedition set sail for the Antarctic. Under the command of Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery it was the first expedition of a purely scientific nature and it provided a wealth of information along with the first pictures ever taken on the ice. Though the explorers did not reach the Pole they were the first to overwinter in the Antarctic.

On board the ship were two famous Polar explorers, Roald Amundsen, the future conqueror of the South Pole and Dr. Frederick Cook, who already explored much of the Arctic with Commander Robert Peary and who later claimed to be the first to reach the North Pole.

Georges Lecointe was appointed first officer (and therefore second in command) on board Belgica. Lecointe was also responsible for hydrography , depth-soundings and charting.

This was a multi-national expedition – Belgian, Norwegian, Polish, an American doctor and a Romanianzoologist. With such a diverse crew and almost a year stuck in the ice there were problems aplenty. That all ended well was due largely to four men – Amundsen, Cook, Lecointe and de Gerlache himself. Lecointe’s book is perhaps the most readable of all accounts of the voyage.

The first English translation of Lecointe’s 1904 book of the Belgica Expedition.
330pp, hardback. Jacketed. 90 photographs and illustrations, five separate maps, 20pp brochure, five postcards of the expedition. £42.50   Order

The South Polar Trail

The Log of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Ernest Mills Joyce. With an introduction by Hugh Robert Mill and a new introduction by Beau Riffenburgh

The South Polar Trail

From the dust-jacket of the original edition:
The whole grim truth about life on an Antarctic expedition will never be printed, but in this book, a transcript of the log kept by Mr. Joyce on the most arduous depot-laying journeys ever accomplished, real facts are bluntly revealed without idealization or romance. Mr. Joyce, who had entered the Navy at the age of fifteen, had so distinguished himself in previous Antarctic expeditions that he was asked by Shackleton to join his Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition, and put in charge of the laying of depots at intervals of sixty miles from the Ross Sea to the Beardmore Glacier within six degrees twenty minutes of the South Pole. He accomplished this tremendous task in spite of appalling hardships which killed three of his party. But owing to the failure of Shackleton’s party which was to have crossed the Antarctic Continent from the other side and used these depots on their return journey northwards, they proved of no avail, and are now still lying where Joyce placed them, preserved for ever by snow and ice. 

The introduction by Dr Hugh Robert Mill, the well-known expert in Antarctic travel, enables the reader to start the log fully informed of all the circumstances of the journey. 

This is a limited edition facsimile of 300 individually numbered copies of the 1929 original, including the jacket. 

Hardback, jacketed, 220pp + 32 plates.60 illustrations. Price £30.00   Order





We have a small number of facsimile copies of the original cover of THE SOUTH POLAR TRAIL. These are the correct size and have been carefully produced to match as far as possible the original.
Price: £4.50


The Story of the Quest

Comdr. Frank Wild, CBE

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The Quest, under the command of Ernest Shackleton, sailed from St Katherine’s Dock, London on 17 September 1921. This was Shackleton’s 4th Antarctic journey, the purpose of which was ostensibly to circumvent the Antarctic continent, looking for lost sub-polar islands. Shackleton was not well—and he saw this last voyage as a chance to relive old times. He appeared somewhat listless and was drinking too much. When the ship arrived in Buenos Aires he had what appeared to be a heart attack but refused to let any doctor attend to him. On 4 January 1922 the ship reached South Georgia and the following morning he had another heart attack and died. The Quest continued under the command of Frank Wild but there was little enthusiasm for further exploration and soon returned to South Georgia where, on 5 March 1922, Shackleton was buried. The Quest returned to England. In 1923 Wild undertook a series of lectures and talks about the voyage and this is a facsimile of a 1923 4-page brochure advertising these talks.

There a six photographs, a page on the Quest’s trip and a page on Commander Frank Wild, CBE. The brochure is protected by a clear pocket and posted unfolded in a strong flat cardboard envelope.

The brochure is 255x190mm - 10" x 71/2" £4.00  Order

Antarctic Postcards
A series of six cards of various Antarctic scenes.

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1. Three great Polar Explorers: Sir Ernest Shackleton, discoverer of the South Magnetic Pole, Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, discoverer of the North Pole, and Roald Amundsen discoverer of the South Pole (photograph probably taken c.1912-13)
2. Shackleton’s Endurance, crushed in the ice, October 1915
3. Scott’s Discovery in Winter quarters, painted by Edward Wilson in 1903 .
4. One of a series of memorial postcards produced in 1913, after the news broke about the death of Scott and his party.
5. The Discovery in Winterquarters Bay. (Photographed by L.C.Bernacchi)
6. A new and accurate map of the Islands of the Antarctic, together with the neighbouring countries of Argentina, Chile, etc. (For the Erskine Press. © Talland Power).

Enclosed in a protective cellophane bag Price: £5.50 (inclusive of VAT) 



C. Reginald Ford

This is probably the rarest of all first-hand accounts of Scott’s Discovery Expedition. Ford was a steward on the expedition and is notable mainly for being the first man to break his leg skiing in the Antarctic. 


Upon the Expedition's return Ford acted as Scott's secretary during the leader's lecture tour. Some of his photographs were used by Scott in The Voyages of the 'Discovery'. He moved to New Zealand in 1906 and began to study architecture and later became a partner in one of that country's most prestigious firms. 

Antarctica was published privately in 1908 and this is a facsimile of his original booklet. Ford, in a letter to a friend in 1963,confirmed that Scott himself gave him permission firstly to lecture in England and then later in Canada and Australia and also to write a book. He said ‘I should quite probably have done these things without consent but I preferred to ask anyway.’

The booklet is 32 pages in length and has thirteen pictures. It is 150mm x 110mm (6” x 4.5”) The cover is linen-textured card.

Presented in a black gift box it also contains a facsimile of a 4pp 1905 brochure (295 x 210mm) detailing the author’s lectures in Australia and a 12pp pamphlet of biographical details, newspaper articles and pictures. Two Antarctic postcards are also included. The print run is limited to 400 copies. 

This is a very unusual piece of Antarctic history. £30.00 REDUCED TO £25.00  Order

Antarctic days. Sketches of the homely side of Polar life by two of Shackleton’s men. Illustrated by the authors, James Murray and George Marston, and introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

A facsimile edition limited of 280 individually numbered copies. In association with The Ernest Shackleton Autumn School, a project of the Athy Heritage Centre Museum

Antarctic days. Sketches of the homely side of Polar life by two of Shackleton’s men

In 1913 James Murray and George Marston wrote ANTARCTIC DAYS - Sketches of the homely side of Polar life. Both men were with Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition. James Murray was the biologist in charge of base camp and George Marston, the official expedition artist.

Marston was also official artist on the Endurance expedition and designed and produced the title pages and illustrations for Aurora Australis and contributed several paintings to Shackleton’s The Heart of the Antarctic. When trapped on Elephant Island he gave up his oil paints to be used to help caulk the James Caird for the journey to South Georgia. He died in November 1940 and is buried in East Lyng, Somerset. 

In June 1913 Murray joined a Canadian scientific expedition to the Arctic aboard the ill-fated Karluk as oceanographer. The ship became trapped in the Arctic ice in August 1913. Eventually, Murray mutinied against the captain and escaped across the ice with three others . Their fate remains uncertain.

In his introduction to the book, Shackleton wrote that this ‘is the first time an unofficial, and therefore more human document, is presented to the public. …Anyone who wants to get to the kernel of the life of the Polar explorer should read the book.’

ANTARCTIC DAYS was originally published in 1913 as a limited edition of 280 copies as is this facsimile edition. With an introduction by Joe O’Farrell each book is cloth bound, jacketed and numbered. This is one of the most sought-after of Antarctic titles, ranking alongside both The Heart of the Antarctic and Aurora Australis. An original copy was recently sold at Bonhams and fetched £6,250 (incl. auctioneers commission). 

304pp, 4 colour plates, 30 photographic illustrations and 24 further illustrations. Hardback and jacketed. 
Price: £75.00 REDUCED TO £60.00  plus post. Order

With the Aurora in the Antarctic 1911–1914
John K Davis
With a new introduction by Beau Riffenburgh

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Douglas Mawson who led the Australian Antarctic Expedition 1911–14, called it a stirring tale of exploration in what he referred to as ‘The Home of the Blizzard’. This expedition is well documented but much less well known is the story of the expedition’s ship, the Aurora, and its remarkable captain – John King Davis. Both Davis and Mawson cut their Antarctic teeth as members of Shackleton’s expedition of 1907–09 and, by the time he retired, Davis was one of the most experienced ice captains in the world. The Aurora was built in 1876 as an Arctic whaler. Although old and battered, captained by Davis it managed three Antarctic voyages in support of Mawson and his men. Known as ‘Gloomy Davis’ by his crew, he was a reticent man of principle and determination. His view of the captain’s role brought him into direct conflict with Mawson, with inevitable tensions for the expedition. Yet both men were crucial to the success of the expedition, both in terms of exploration and science.

Published in a small edition in 1919 it is now very scarce and we are delighted to be able to re-publish, in facsimile form, the original account of the ship’s exploits. The introduction by the well-known polar historian Beau Riffenburgh provides an excellent overview of both Davis and the expedition. This is a companion volume to our earlier book Trial by Ice – the Antarctic Journals of John King Davis, edited by Louise Crossley.

312pp + 1 fold-out map (includes 83 illustrations) hardback, blocked in gold on front and spine. REDUCED TO £22.50

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