IN THE LAND OF THE
An account of the Voyage of the Belgica – Georges
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
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
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
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 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
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
This is a limited edition facsimile of 300 individually
numbered copies of the 1929 original, including the
Hardback, jacketed, 220pp + 32 plates.60 illustrations.
Price £30.00 Order
FACSIMILE COVER FOR THE SOUTH POLAR TRAIL
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.
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
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,
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. ©
Enclosed in a protective cellophane bag Price: £5.50
(inclusive of VAT)