The Endurance (Ernest Shackleton's 1912 trip to the Antarctic)

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The Endurance (Ernest Shackleton's 1912 trip to the Antarctic)

1lorannen
Feb 24, 2016, 12:26pm

London's Royal Geographical Society has a list of all of the books Shackleton took with him on the landmark (and disastrous) voyage to the Antarctic here: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35633374

Possible short Legacy Library project? It's a small collection—not a whole lot of room for books on a ship, apparently. We've done ships before (like the HMS Beagle).

2ironjaw
Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 12:40pm

I can tell you from the picture that is the famous 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910-1911. Well it looks like it on the lower right. I have the same suede softcover edition with thin paper. I can only count 27 volumes, the original i 29 volumes:

https://www.librarything.com/work/2762795/details/88383152

3benjclark
Feb 24, 2016, 12:52pm

Ooohhhh!! Yes!

4timspalding
Feb 24, 2016, 4:43pm

Let's do it!

5JBD1
Feb 24, 2016, 5:09pm

(hem hem generic editions please hem hem) :-)

I don't think this needs to be a full-on flash-mob; there just aren't enough books. If folks want to do it, just claim a range in this thread and go for it, I think.

6timtom
Mar 23, 2016, 4:56pm

Is anyone working on this right now?

7benjclark
Edited: Mar 24, 2016, 11:14am

London's Royal Geographical Society's website's search function doesn't work. I'm not even sure if a non-member would have access to the digitized version of the list.

I wrote to the Antarctic Preservation Trust, who oversees historic collections in Antarctica, and they apparently do *not* have an edition level inventory of the books, so it looks like the list of titles and authors is as granular as we get for the time being, unless someone here belongs to the Royal Geographical Society and can go into the members log-in and have a look around.

8varielle
Feb 27, 2019, 9:55am

Here's an article about the libraries of famous men featuring Shackleton. https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/the-libraries-of-famous-men-ernest-shack...

9benjclark
Feb 27, 2019, 2:20pm

3-years later update: I never heard back from the Royal Geographical Society. They now have search on the website of their collections, but even with titles and such, I couldn't get anything to hit. Strange. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong:

https://www.rgs.org/about/our-collections/search-our-collections/

10ironjaw
Mar 20, 2019, 12:20pm

You should try contacting a member of the RGS. Maybe someone here on LT?

11Kuiperdolin
Jun 19, 2019, 8:39am

The list in the OP is only for books in Shackleton's cabin, it should not be described as "The Endurance's library".

Here is an article with some more of the books that were on board http://ijms.nmdl.org/article/view/17846/11548

I like the notion of poor famished wrecthes reading the Penny Cookbook as entertainment.

12JoeHamilton
Jul 24, 2020, 11:35am

I'm not following you; maybe I don't understand the whole concept here: the books are at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean, aren't they?

13Javman83
Jan 19, 2:55pm

Shackleton was a man's man. AMAZING story of human endurance and will against all odds.

SHOULD BE A MUST READ FOR ALL KIDS & ADULTS!