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High quality postcards featuring images from early publications and some reproductions of early postcards
1. Souvenir postcard commemorating the return of the Belgian Scientific Expedition of 1898-99. Postcard dated 1899.
2. Postcard produced in 1904. The cards were transported on Discovery and posted at various ports on the way down. Each card carried a cancellation stamp of SS Discovery. This card was posted in New Zealand.
3. Scott’s Discovery in Winterquarters Bay. Photograph by Louis Bernacchi, 1903
4. Ernest Joyce, dogs and penguins. Postcard dated 1909.
5. A 1910 Shell card advertising card.
6. A 1910 postcard celebrating the reaching of the North Pole – at different times – by Frederick Cook and Robert Peary. This was obviously issued before all the controversy arose.
7. Three great polar explorers – Shackleton, Peary and Amundsen. Photograph probably taken c.1912-13.
8. A new and accurate map of the islands of the Antarctic, together with the neighbouring countries of Argentina, Chile, etc. Drawn for The Erskine Press by Talland Power, 2009.
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post cards of Antarctic ships

High quality postcards featuring images from early publications and some reproductions of early postcards
1. The Belgica during the Antarctic night – The Belgian Antarctic expedition of 1898-99. Photographed by Frederick Cook. Postcard dated 1900.
2. The Swedish South Polar Expedition of 1901-1904 – The Last moments of the Antarctic. . Postcard dated 1903.
3. The Discovery in winter quarters. Painted by Edward Wilson, 1903
4. Jean-Baptiste Charcot beside Francais, celebrating Bastille Day, July 1904
5. Shackleton’s Endurance, crushed in the ice, October 1915.
6. One of a series of memorial postcards produced in 1913, after the news broke of the death of Scott and his party.
7. A colour postcard from the 1920s showing Shackleton’s Endurance trapped the ice. This was not postally used, possibly because there are no polar bears in Antarctica.
8. Admiral Byrd’s City of New York at the 1933 Chicago World’s fair. Postcard dated 1933.
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Moray Watson has been an actor for over sixty years. After Eton and the Army, he trained at the Webber Douglas Academy. Following seasons at Leatherhead and Liverpool, Moray quickly established his West End reputation in plays such as Small Hotel, Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat, The Doctor’s Dilemma, You Never Can Tell and The Rivals.

His films include The Grass is Greener, Operation Crossbow and The Sea Wolves.
A familiar face and voice on television from the first live soap opera, Compact, he appeared in, amongst many others The Pallisers, Rumpole of The Baily and The Darling Buds of May. Moray completed his career with three one-man shows, The Incomparable Max, Ancestral Voices and Looking Back and Dropping Names.

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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.

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On the afternoon of 10 November 1912, the Far Eastern Party, consisting of three men and seventeen dogs set off on a sledging trip. The men were Douglas Mawson, Xavier Mertz and Belgrave Ninnis. Two of these men tragically died, and only the leader, Douglas Mawson, returned after what has been described as ‘the greatest survival story in the history of exploration’. It is evident from his diary that the young Ninnis was determined to follow in his father’s steps as a polar explorer. Inside the diary is the story of a young man and his determined and ultimately successful attempt to become a polar explorer. It is a continuous record, from March 1908 to the final entry on 9 November 1912, though this book concentrates on his Antarctic endeavours.

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Hardback, jacketed, 456pp +8pp colour & 16pp b&w plates. Over 110 drawings, illustrations and maps. £35.00 REDUCED TO £25.00  Order

Mertz & I The Antarctic Diary of Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis

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