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Rare signed shackleton book to go under the hammer

22nd Jan 2015
Shackleton Composite

A rare signed edition of ‘South’, the book written by Ernest Shackleton chronicling his heroic Antarctic expedition of 1914-17, will go under the hammer in Norfolk next week – and is expected to sell for more than £2,000.

Growing interest in Shackleton and his exploits 100 years ago means that bidding is expected to be brisk for the book, which was signed by Shackleton in August 1920, just 17 months before he died.

The book, which is in excellent condition, tells the story of Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition, which saw his shop become ice-bound, and the crew undertake a heroic march across the ice, and then a 720 sea journey in perilous seas in an open lifeboat to reach safety at South Georgia island.

“Shackleton is viewed today as an inspirational leader, and his methods and leadership style are still taught today,” said Keys Books Manager Sarah Prior.  “This book is a fascinating insight into strength in adversity.  Copies signed by Shackleton are very rare, and we are expecting keen interest from collectors and admirers from around the world.”

The book goes under the hammer on Thursday 29th January, on the first day of a two-day book sale.  Viewing is on Wednesday 28th January from 9am-7.30pm, and from 8.30am on the day of the sale.  Full details are available at www.keysauctions.co.uk.