ERNEST SHACKLETON Typed Letter Signed.
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. British (Anglo-Irish) polar explorer.
TLS. 1p on his British Antarctic Expedition 1907 headed note paper. 9 Regent Street, Waterloo Place, London, SW. 5th November 1909. To "Dear Mrs Cole".
"Please excuse a typed note but I am frightfully rushed. Many thanks for your kind offer of hospitality, but I am staying in hotels as I have such an awful rush. Again thanking you, Believe me, E.H. Shackleton."
Trimmed 4to. 17 x 16.5 cms (6.75 x 6.5 inches). Cropped at margins but without loss to Shackleton's typed text or signature. Partial separation along fold line. Residue of old album leaf adhering to blank verso. In distressed but fair condition.
The 'Nimrod' Expedition of 1907-1909 was Ernest Shackleton's first attempt under his own command to reach the South Pole. The expedition party landed at McMurdo Sound on 29th January 1908 and began its 'Great Southern Journey', setting a new furthest South record of 88 degrees 23 south and coming within 112 miles of the Pole. They discovered and named the Beardmore Glacier and were the first to set foot on the South Polar Plateau. Conditions forced them to abandon the attempt on the Pole and the party came near to starvation on their return journey. Shackleton published an account of the expedition in his book, 'Heart of the Antarctic' in 1911.