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He who goes first into the fray

— F. S. Welhaven, 1807-1873, Norwegian: Protesilaos (1839-45).

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The Heart of the Antarctic

FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 4 OF 300 COPIES SIGNED BY ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SHORE PARTY. Price realized: £15,000 Christie’s London, 15 October 2009

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Garden Party

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Nimrod Expedition Postcard

Nimrod Expedition, commemorative postcard [via]

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Pantheon of Polar Explorers

— from a feature in the Illustrated London News, as reprinted in Huntford’s Shackleton.

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My Diary

“9 January 1909 The last day out we have shot our bolt and the tale is 88.23 S 162 E. The wind eased down at 1 am. At 2 am we were up and had breakfast and shortly after 4 … Continue reading

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Map of Furthest Point South, 1909

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The Nimrod’s return

Left to right: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Eric Marshall, and Jameson Adams, aboard the Nimrod after reaching the Furthest Point South, 1909. [photo probably by James Murray, printed in Shackleton's Heart of the Antarctic, via, and via.]

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Thousands of pounds for one biscuit

“Thousands of pounds would not have bought that one biscuit.” — Frank Wild, 1909 Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2000 for £4,935. Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2011 for £1,250. (photo: Ben Stansall for AFP)

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Forced March Tablets

“Cocaine was dripped in the eye to cure snowblindness, and chalk ground up with opium was used for diarrhoea. No antibiotics in 1907 of course. Perhaps the only medications that Shackleton carried that we would still use today were aspirin … Continue reading

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