SOUTHWARD ON THE
QUEST The Scala Cinema Portfolio
An unusual collection of Shackleton and Quest ‘ephemera’
When Southward on the Quest, the film of the
expedition, was released, the Scala Cinema in London
issued, to go with the film, “A fine series of Souvenir
Pictures of the Shackleton Antarctic Expedition’ which
could be had of the attendants. Price 2/6.”
This was a folio of 8 photographs taken during the
expedition, bound in a brown paper cover and tied with a
cord. Originals are rather rare. One was sold recently
for around £2,500.
This facsimile is limited to 275 copies. It has 8
photographic plates, the covers are thick brown board,
and with it is the following:
1. A 16pp facsimile of the New Scala Cinema brochure for
the film. It contains “The Story of the “Quest” by
Commander Frank Wild, CBE, and other details of the
expedition, crew etc;
2. A four page facsimile flyer advertising a talk by
Frank Wild to be held in Eastbourne in December, 1923
3. Twelve images of the Quest expedition in the form of
4. An 8pp brochure certifying the copy number, with
various pictures, film review, and maps.
limited to 275 copies. Price £50.00 Order
WITH SHACKLETON and
MAWSON. The Antarctic Diaries of Frank Wild.
Frank Wild is a name well known to anyone interested in
the history of Polar exploration. He was one of only two
men — along with Ernest Joyce— to earn the Polar Medal
with four clasps. He was also the only man to serve in
the Antarctic under the British Empire’s three
greats—Scott, Shackleton and Mawson.
This book, however, is not
a biography, but rather a chance to view Wild’s role and
accomplishments from his own writings — his diary kept
during the Southern Journey of Shackleton’s BAE, his
sledging diary from Mawson’s expedition, and his report
to Mawson about the operations of the AAE’s Western
Base, which he commanded in 1912—13. These have been
quoted in other works, but they have never been
published before in their entirety.
THE 2023 ANTARCTIC
This is our 7th Antarctic calendar.
12 A4 pages, each with a different Antarctic scene from
the golden age of Antarctic exploration.
Size is 305 x 214mm, on thick glossy paper. A real
treasure - and a perfect stocking filler for Christmas
(which is nearer than you realise).
Calendar is in a large white envelope and posted in a
strong cardboard envelope.
IN THE LAND OF THE PENGUINS – 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.
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.
Price: £42.50 Order
ANTARCTIC DIARY OF THOMAS ORDE LEES – John Thomson
Orde Lees was the only member who maintained a personal
daily diary of the voyage, from Day 1 to the day the
rescued men left South America for England more than two
years later. Lees was often a `man alone' on the ship
but was always capable of appreciating and describing in
touching and sensitive language a beautiful polar dawn
or nature at its most inspiring.
Margaret Scott, in her capacity as manuscript librarian
at the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of
New Zealand, has said the diary `has a rare dramatic
quality and an eye and ear for the unusual and
interesting. Perhaps because it is also ingenuous and
different from the official accounts it has its own