a copy of the report on Ernest Shackleton’s famous Antarctic expedition, signed by one of his companions, will go under the hammer.
The book describes explorer Shackleton’s attempt to become the first person to cross Antarctica by land from one side to the other.
It was signed by Frank Wilde, who was the second in command of the expedition that started in 1914.
The expedition did not go as planned and Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, sank after being crushed by sea ice.
The crew of 27 people managed to escape in three lifeboats and reach the uninhabited Elephant Island off the coast of Antarctica.
With five others, Shackleton took a small boat to the whaling station on the island South Georgia800 miles away.
In an incredible feat, Shackleton and his men successfully completed the journey before the three of them walked about 40 miles over mountainous and icy terrain, including a climb of nearly 3,000 feet, to reach help.
Shackleton and his men did not return to United Kingdom until 1917
Although his Antarctic crossing was unsuccessful, his ability to ensure the survival of himself and his crew made him a national hero
A copy of the account of this expedition, entitled “Southern,” bears an inscription by Mr. Wilde, which reads, “To Vince, from those who appreciate his merits and crimes,” and the inscription of the expedition’s surgeon, James McIlroy.
The recipient of the book was probably John Vincent from Birminghamwho was deckmaster during the expedition but who was later demoted for aggressive behavior.
Considered one of the greatest books on Antarctic exploration, The South will be auctioned live and online through Edinburgh-headquartered auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull on 13 July.
Bidding for the rare specimen will start at £1,000, the auction house said.
Lyon & Turnbull’s rare books, manuscripts and maps specialist Dominic Somerville-Brown said the story of the Endurance’s sinking and the crew’s survival had achieved “almost mythical status” and the copy was an “amazing piece of history”.
“Although his Antarctic crossing was unsuccessful, his ability to ensure the survival of himself and his crew made him a national hero,” he said.
“As well as physical stamina was required, he had to deal with complex relationship dynamics.
“The fact that the book is written by John Vincent makes it particularly interesting.
“Shackleton’s strained relationship with Vincent is evidenced by the fact that, upon his return to England, he was one of the four members of the expedition whom Shackleton did not recommend for the Polar Medal.”
He added: “I imagine this replica of the expedition will be of great interest.”
Shackleton never returned to Antarctica and died of a heart attack in 1922.
In March of this year, his ship Endurance was found virtually intact on the seabed.