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

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

Feb 24, 2016, 12:26 pm

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:

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).

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 12:40 pm

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:

Feb 24, 2016, 12:52 pm

Ooohhhh!! Yes!

Feb 24, 2016, 4:43 pm

Let's do it!

Feb 24, 2016, 5:09 pm

(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.

Mar 23, 2016, 4:56 pm

Is anyone working on this right now?

Edited: Mar 24, 2016, 11:14 am

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.

Feb 27, 2019, 9:55 am

Here's an article about the libraries of famous men featuring Shackleton.

Feb 27, 2019, 2:20 pm

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:

Mar 20, 2019, 12:20 pm

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

Jun 19, 2019, 8:39 am

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

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

Jul 24, 2020, 11:35 am

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?

Jan 19, 2021, 2:55 pm

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