AB Catalogue 2021-TWO 28SEP


Explorers Hub Bookshop and Gallery


Catalogue Two 2021

Framed Photograph - 1916

Ernest Shackleton and

David Brainard with Signatures

Skis from Shackleton’s Nimrod

Expedition 1907-1909

History of the Birds of New Zealand,

Walter Buller - 1888

Winter Glow Te Anau - Blair Greig

Christchurch Arts Centre

Explorers Hub

Christchurch Art Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

Boys High Building

28 Worcester Boulevard

Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Bill Nye, Adventure Books

Phone: (64) 3 365 1940

Email: info@adventurebooks.co.nz

October 2021 marks one year for Adventure Books

and Explorer’s Hub in the old Boys High Building,

Christchurch Arts Centre. Certainly the year has been

eventful, exciting at times with fine books going out

the door. We invite visitors to view a unique array of Rare Books, Artefacts

and Artworks here. Quality items for sale, some are for display-only, but we

enjoy having a yarn with visitors about books and the worlds of adventure.

Working together with Joshua, his amazing and growing collection of

Artefacts, with Lucy and her wonderful Gallery of Artwork is inspiring, everchanging.

We collaborate on displays and on producing fine Catalogues of

exceptional items, exemplified here in Arts Centre Catalogue Two.

Lucy Gardner, Home Gallery Fine Arts

Oamaru and Christchurch

Phone: 021 168 9922

Email: homegalleryfinearts@gmail.com

Home Gallery Fine Arts established to help create places

to deliver art for local community to engage with and

provide audiences for investing in artists work. We

invite you for a unique shopping and memorable experience of fine art, with

complimenting fine shopping and gourmet delights conveniently located

for you nearby. Offering a collection of the finest leading artisanal talents

and products in the world to enjoy. The galleries reside within architectural

character stone buildings. Overlooking the South Pacific Ocean, in Oamaru

and in the magnificent Christchurch Arts Centre with Explorers Hub.

Joshua Moot, JKM Collection

Phone: 027 345 2414

Email: langepootjoshua@yahoo.co.nz

The JKM COLLECTION of Antarctic relics is a privately

curated collection by polar enthusiast Joshua Moot. The collection spans

from the early expeditions to the more modern with a strong focus on the

Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration. Through revolving displays and original

archives, Joshua strives to bring the stories of the early explorers and their

exploits alive. Partnering with Bill, Lucy and the team at the Explorers Hub,

the collection is available for viewing via revolving exhibition or request. For

further information, research requests or to discuss any items you may have,

please get in-touch.

On The Cover:

Blair Greig’s

‘Winter Glow Te Anau’

page 10

A History of the Birds of

New Zealand 1888

page 6

Skis from Shackleton’s

Nimrod Expedition

page 4

Framed Photo,

Shackleton and Brainard

and Signatures

page 17


Antarctic Geology Collection

Rock specimens curated and

labelled by Antarctic Geologists,

Polar Medalists Drs. Margaret and

John Bradshaw.

Selection of Rocks from Antarctica

courtesy Dr. David Harrowfield

and Zena Keen.

Display only, not for sale

Mount Erebus Crystals: Rhombic

shaped phenocrysts of anorthoclase

(feldspar) up to 20 mm in length are

found lying on the outer slopes of the

Mount Erebus crater, where they form

a lag gravel.

Ventifacts: From the Latin ‘make by

wind’. These sculpted rock examples

are often found in Polar deserts such as

the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, including

Basalt specimens in this display.

These rocks have been carved, shaped

and polished by long-term exposure

to wind-driven sand and ice particles,

aeolian erosion.

Home Gallery Fine Arts

Anne Wilson

Artwork title: Floating Over Antarctica

Medium: Paper on foam board with cord

Size: 41 x 61cm

Artist info: Wilson’s (b 1955) works are crafted with intricate

folds and layers to reveal a fashion fiesta. Her works often

include vintage depictions of maps and flags from around the

world. She has an extensive background in fashion and interior

design. Her ‘Travelling Wardrobe’ collection of work is held in

private collections throughout the world. Wilson comment’s “I

see my work as something that would bring a smile to your face.

I love developing new ideas for trim and shape. Creating a dream

or a fantasy journey. I am influenced by paper designs, fashion

(shapes and details) and everything.” She explains her work is

“…all about creating a pleasing restful object that may bring

back memories as usually it is made from maps.” Describing her

work Floating Over Antarctica Wilson comment’s “I felt it was a

very restful feeling as it is so silent.”



On Display

Skis on display for public appreciation, not for sale.

‘Sailing Yacht Nimrod’

Skis from Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition

British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909

Exceptionally Rare. Includes scarce chain bindings and associated

labels. Skis were Expedition Kit and carry Impeccable Provenance

from the U.K. Inset photo is from Nimrod Illustrated book, showing

Expedition Skis being carried up Mount Erebus on the First Ascent.

Skis from Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition 1907 - 1909

Photo of Mount Erebus and Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds courtesy of Anthony Powell


Nimrod Illustrated

David M. Wilson

Pictures From Lt. Shackleton’s

British Antarctic Expedition. Reardon

Publishing, London, 2009, First U.K.

Edition. Quarto in Dustjacket, 168

pages, profusely illustrated, many

photographs, quotations from diaries,

paintings and ephemera, many never

before seen. Published to celebrate

centenary of one of the most exciting

of all Heroic Age expeditions, the S.V.

‘Nimrod’, 1907-1909. They achieved

many firsts, including ‘farthest south

record’ by Shackleton, first ascent of

Mount Erebus, attainment of the South

Magnetic Pole, and production of

first book ever printed in Antarctica,

‘Aurora Australis’. This expedition made

Shackleton’s name, and he was awarded

a knighthood. Dustjacket, Fine.


Aurora Australis

Ernest Shackleton

The British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909.

Bluntisham Books and Paradigm Press,

Norfolk, 1986, first U.K. Facsimile Edition,

first thus. Originally published 1908 at

winter quarters, Cape Royds Antarctica,

illustrated with Lithographs and Etchings

by George Marston, ‘printed at the Sign

of The Penguin’ by Ernest Mills Joyce and

Frank Wild. Royal Octavo, buff-coloured

publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering and

red penguin cartouche stamped to front

board, unpaginated (200+ pages), B&W

Plates and images throughout, attractive

blue Dustjacket with tinted drawing of

men, white lettering. Facsimile of one of

the rarest of all Antarctic books, first book

composed and printed in Antarctica. An

excellent copy, Dustjacket clean and bright,

Near Fine.


The National Geographic Magazine

November 1909

Contents feature:

• Advert for ‘The Heart of the Antarctic’ two-volume set for sale

(with photo).

• Feature Article ‘The Heart of the Antarctic’, pagination 972 to 1007,

with a map and 27 B&W photographs, including historic first ascent

Erebus view into the smoking volcano crater (below right).

• Advert for ‘Farthest South’ American Lecture Tour 1910, by Lieutenant

Ernest H. Shackleton (with photo).

• Advert for Waltham Watches ‘An Interesting Letter’, the Shackleton

Relief Expedition.

• Photo-Essay on ‘The Temples of India’ with historic B&W photographs.

• Report to Board of Managers regarding Admiral Peary’s scientific

papers on attainment of North Pole, plus Program of meetings

including examination of Peary and Cook’s North Pole measurements,

and a three-page Advert for Peary’s ‘Discovery of the North Pole’

Brown thick paper covers, worn, brown lettering, glossy pages stapled,

with old brown reinforcing tape on spine cover, fraying to spine top

and bottom, some ink spotting to covers and outside edge, else very

good, quite rare. $150

The Heart of the Antarctic

Ernest Shackleton

Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907 – 1909.

William Heinemann, London, 1909, First U.K. Edition. Thick

Quarto, two-volume set. Volume I, 373 pages, complete with sepia

coloured Frontispiece and six colour Plates with captioned tissue

guards, 125 B&W photographs and 11 diagrams. Volume II, 419

pages, complete with sepia coloured Frontispiece and six colour

Plates with captioned tissue guards, 138 B&W photographs and 38

other illustrations. Folding panorama and three folding maps in

rear end-pocket.

One of the all-time classic narratives of the ‘Heroic Age’ of

Antarctic exploration. Shackleton’s ‘Nimrod’ expedition is a

favourite noted for four great achievements: Farthest South at

the time, a sledging journey to within 97 miles of South Pole; first

to reach South Magnetic Pole; First Ascent of Mount Erebus; and

First Book created and printed in Antarctica, ‘Aurora Australis’.

Professionally repaired. Volume I original blue cloth with front

Silver Title and Vignette, plus Recased original cloth spine.

Volume II Rebound in blue cloth, preserving original front Silver

Title and Vignette, plus Recased original cloth Spine, both with

new endpapers and top edge Gilt. Internally Very Good, some

page-warping and fading to boards; overall Very Good condition.

$1,600 5

A History of the Birds of New Zealand

Sir Walter Lawry Buller

Bibliographic Sequence:

London, 1888, (Published for the Subscribers by the

Author). Second U.K. Edition, two Volume Set. Folio,

Imperial Quarto, Gilt-stamped Decorative Boards and

Spines, both Front Boards with lovely Gilt Takahe,

trees and plants, all edges Gilt. Volume 1, (lxxxiv),

250 pages, plus six pages ‘Extracts from Reviews’, 24

Chromolithograph Plates, many text illustrations.

Volume 2, (xv), 359 pages, 24 Chromolithograph Plates

and two Plates with B&W Lithographs after J. Smit by

E. Wilson. Total of 48 Colour Plates, all paintings by and

after J.G. Keulemans, numerous additional Woodcut

illustrations in the text. Spots of Foxing mostly front

and back pages and some margins. Bound in original

green cloth and leather with Gilt hawk to spine. Volume

2 top of Spine recased, Silver lettering to top, original

Gilt hawk retained at bottom. Several tissue-guards for

the Plates are torn and one is loose. Various bumps,

spots, and the common marks of age.


Buller was born in New Zealand and showed a keen

interest in Ornithology from an early age. He wrote

his first history of New Zealand birds in 1872-73,

and while in London discovered J.G. Keulemans

from Holland, recognized as best bird illustrator

in the world, and hired him to paint the Plates.

However, this First Edition was not well-received

as it lacked detail – one critic described it as

‘shoddy’. In 1887 Buller travelled back to England

hoping to attract interest in a newly rewritten

edition, This 1888 Edition was comprehensively

revised and enlarged from the First, now with 48

Colour Plates, ranking amongst Keulemans’ finest.

It became a classic in the literature of Ornithology

and is considered the leading authority on

New Zealand Birds. “The text gives a complete

(taxonomy) for each species, describes both sexes

and every condition of plumage, and tells the lifehistory

of each bird from personal observations

made by the author during a period of twenty

years.” (reference Anker). Considered superior to

the First, the Second Edition includes complete

and extensive details on the species, and contains

more Plates.


A History of the Birds of New Zealand


Limited to 1,000 sets, the 1888 Second Edition was published

in 13 parts, by Subscription-only. Provenance of this Set

derives from the first owner, and one of the very first

Subscribers in New Zealand, Mr. Henning from Akaroa. In

1920 a Mr. Tom Masefield of Goughs Bay, Bank’s Peninsula

purchased it from Henning, and subsequently passed it on

to his son Mr. Bob Masefield of Children’s Bay Akaroa. Bob

then gave this original set to his daughter Mrs. Margaret

Ann Steel of Christchurch in 1960. Margaret passed away

in 1999 and her husband Mr. Jeffrey Steel became the fifth

Canterbury owner, and the set has never left the region.

Quite Rare, spectacular set, condition Very Good.



Home Gallery Fine Arts

The Home Gallery at Adventure Books

Grant Whibley

Artwork title: Kea

Medium: Oil on panel

Size: 95 x 120cm

Artist info: Whibley was awarded a Master

of Fine Arts, with first class honours, from

Elam School of Art in Auckland. He has

exhibited widely and been the recipient of

several awards for his art. One regularly

painted subject image of Whibley is of

a single bird head, painted in oils from

Department of Conservation taxidermy

birds, which he prefers. His focus is on

their gaze. Whibley explains he “likes to

create a liquid sense of form using subtle

lighting effect and painterly mark making,

which further enhances their new sense

of life”. ... I know it (the bird portrait) will

influence the outcome of my landscape and

figurative painting. It seems to do so in

some mysterious way.” Whibley adds “They

are interrelated image narratives with their

own autonomous hierarchy and existing as

independent works with connected meanings”.



Home Gallery Fine Arts

Leigh Wright

Artwork title: Rainbow Falls Walkway Keri Keri

Medium: Ink on Archival Paper

Size: 50 x 85cm

Limited edition prints

50 x 85cm $667.50 + $300 for framed option

40 x 68cm $495.00 + $250 for framed option

Artist info: A focus for Wright (b 1954) is achieving historical

and visual records of wilderness with great attention to

detail. Wright comments “As New Zealanders who love and

appreciate our native vegetation” Wright hopes that his works

will bring the viewer “a sense of familiarity and appreciation

of our special environment.” Describing his work process

Wright comment’s “Dream it, observe it, and draw it.” After

attending Hamilton Teachers Training College, and majoring

in art, Wright taught in various schools in the Eastern North

Island. A love in his youth was time in the bush of the Urewera

National Park where he was introduced to deer hunting and

shot his first deer at eleven years of age. These visits into the

bush and wilderness areas of New Zealand are how he came to

love being at one with and observing nature so closely. For the work Rainbow Falls Walkway Kerikeri Wright

explains. “A renowned walkway in Kerikeri which takes the walker along the banks of the Kerikeri River past

a significant waterfall to the historical landmark of the Stone Store, the oldest surviving stone building in New

Zealand. The walker will view several large Puriri trees, this one being especially noted for its fungal ‘nobbly’

features. This illustration was also inspired by a Bruce Springsteen song ‘If I should fall behind.’ There are times

in out lives when we may be challenged to show commitment, loyalty and compassion in relationships to help

us move through difficult times. Take the time to google the lyrics of ‘If I should fall behind’ – a meaningful and

beautiful song.” $POA

Louise Craig

Artwork title: Serene Voyage

Medium: Acrylic on card

Size: 49.5 x 33cm

Artist info: Sharing a commentary on human existence and human journeys with her work, Craig

(b 1967) describes her style as contemporary with an “ethereal own sense of colour”. Craig

trained as a professional colour therapy consultant and completed a Diploma of Fine Arts with

Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Inspiration is drawn from landscapes and life drawing figure.

Describing an important personal value she comments “...that my work is open for interpretation

by the viewer. They will see what is important to them.”



Home Gallery Fine Arts

Blair Greig

Artwork title: Winter Glow Te Anau

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 76 x 61cm x3 (triptych)

Artist Info: For Blair Greig (b 1970) his paintings are all about light and mood. “What I feel is as important as what

I see and my paintings are more than a recreation of a particular view. I try to imbue them with the emotions I

feel outdoors.” Greig has exhibited in London, the United States of America and New Zealand. “I suppose I would be

considered a realist painter but what I am trying to capture is the effects of light and mood. I prefer to paint the South

Island as I feel I have an affinity with the place.” For the painting Winter Glow, Te Anau Greig comment’s “The warm

glow of sunlight illuminates the snow covered peaks as mist rises into a brooding sky. This work aims to capture the

mood of Fiordland, New Zealand on a winter’s day.


Postage delivery included worldwide


New Zealand

Its Physical Geography, Geology and Natural History

Dr. Ferdinand Von Hochstetter

With Special Reference To the Results of Government Expeditions

in the Provinces of Auckland and Nelson.

J.G. Cotta, Stuttgart, 1867, First German Edition (in English). Original

green cloth, large thick Quarto, Decorative Blindstamped bevelled

boards with Gilt Vignette of nature scene with trees, ferns, bush

and waterfall to front Board, (xvi), 515 pages, two folding Maps

at end, Colour Frontispiece, and six other Colour Plates, ten large

page-sized woodcuts, and 93 wood engravings in the text. Sprinkle

of Foxing and browning to Colour Plates as usually found, corners

slightly frayed.

Hochstetter was the first to describe and interpret many features of

New Zealand Geology. He also established a tradition of systematic

Geological mapping. His writing was not exclusively scientific, and

contains vivid descriptions of his New Zealand travels, including

Geological observations and accounts of his encounters with Māori

and Pakeha people and communities. A scarce book, historically

important. Condition Very Good.



The Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand

G.V. Hudson

Ferguson & Osborn Limited, Wellington, 1928, First New

Zealand Edition. Half-Calf maroon Morocco and dark green

pebbled cloth boards, gilt lettering on front and spine.

Condition Very Good Plus. Thick Quarto, (xi), 386 pages text

and Census, Appendix, General Index, Special Index, List of

Subscribers, Colour Frontispiece, 62 Plates, most of them in

colour. An excellent, solid copy of Hudson’s lifetime work,

a monumental classic still considered the best reference on

this subject today. A hard to find book, quite scarce in such

beautiful condition, clean, no foxing, Near Fine.

An Equisite Legacy

George Gibbs

Along With:

The Life and Work of New Zealand Naturalist G.V. Hudson.

Potton & Burton, Nelson, 2020, First New Zealand Edition.

New, Red cloth boards and colourful Dustjacket, 160 pages,

many colour illustrations, some full-page, plus several

B&W vintage photographs. Definitive Biography of Hudson,

finally receiving due credit for an amazing lifetime work in

entomology. Thoroughly researched and well-written study.

Dustjacket, Fine.

$1,800 for the Two Books

An Exquisite Legacy

Author Text $X,000


The Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand



Sir Ernest Shackleton

Heinemann, London, 1920, First U.K.

Edition (Fourth Impression), March

1920, four months following the faulty

poor-quality First Edition. Royal Octavo,

(xxii), new endpapers, 376 pages, large

colour folding map at rear, titled ‘The

Voyage of the Endurance’, 6 sketch maps

and diagrams (one full-page), colour

Frontispiece with a captioned tissue-guard,

one double-page panorama and 86 full-page

plates. Inscribed (twice!) by expedition member

Ernest Mills Joyce to his mother. Handsomely rebound in dark

blue Morocco leather, with original pictorial front board cloth

image retained, silver lettering to front and spine. Front board

decorated by Frank Hurley’s iconic silver-printed striking image

of Endurance trapped in ice. Folding map has one repaired tear

near attached stub. Overall an excellent copy, quite attractive

in quality Morocco binding, making it distinctively collectable,

especially with the Ernest Mills Joyce inscriptions. Rare and Unique.

One of the greatest all-time polar survival stories, the famous

Endurance story culminated in an epic voyage of escape by 6

men in the 22-foot lifeboat ‘James Caird’ sailing from Elephant

Island to South Georgia. Shackleton “returned to England

in 1917 and dictated the text of this popular account of the

expedition to Edward Saunders, largely from recollection.

Final editing was carried out by Leonard Hussey, with personal

accounts by Mackintosh, Stenhouse and others, and the book

was finally published in 1919-20” (Howgego, Volume 3).

“This exploit, which has captured the modern imagination,

certainly struck the world differently in 1919-20. In the

aftermath of the First World War when feats of extraordinary

heroism were common, Shackleton’s truly remarkable tale of

survival at the extremes of human endurance largely fell flat. Those

factors are reflected in the book’s first production.


“The First Edition used cheap paper prone to severe browning,

a poorly crafted binding likely to split at the joints with

normal usage, and silver printing on the binding subject to

oxidizing” (‘The Taurus Collection’, 2001). Later Impressions

had to be printed within one month of the First Edition, due

to those problem faults. At the close of WWI publishers did

not have quality print production available. But as soon

as higher quality became accessible, fresh impressions no

longer had discoloured pages. This copy is superior to the

First Edition. Inscribed by Ernest Mills Joyce to his Mother.

Rebound blue Morocco leather, Very Good Plus.

Along With:

The South Polar Trail

Ernest Mills Joyce

The Log Of Ernest Mills Joyce On The Imperial Trans-

Antarctic Expedition. London, 1929, Duckworth, First U.K.

Edition. 220 pp, frontispiece and 60 other B&W photographs.

This book is based on Joyce’s diary and is the primary, firsthand

account of the Ross Sea Party. Joyce was closely tied to

the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration, having been with

Scott on the Discovery Expedition (1901-04), and then with

Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition (1907-09). Shackleton

chose Joyce for the Ross Sea Party support team, part of the

British Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17). They were the

‘Forgotten Men’ after the Endurance story became public.

However the ‘Forgotten Men’ had a story to tell, how Joyce

and his companions sledged over 1,600 miles to lay depots

which were never used – due to the sinking of the Endurance.

“The Ross Sea Party consisted of ten men, including Joyce,

Aeneas Mackintosh (leader), Ernest Wild (brother of

Frank Wild), Joseph Stenhouse, and Dick Richards. For the

Antarctic crossing, Shackleton placed Joyce in charge of

dogs, provisions and laying out of depots. When their ship

‘Aurora’ ripped from its moorings in a storm, carrying

most of their supplies, the ten men scavenged equipment

and food and eventually set out to lay the depots needed

for Shackleton and his men. Of the ten, three men died

including Mackintosh.” On the front Dustjacket cover there

is a photograph of the Ross Sea Party disembarking ‘Aurora’

with their dogs; below that is the quote to Joyce from Sir

Ernest Shackleton. (Reference Spence 642). Overall a sound

copy, clean, not foxed internally. Rare book, this copy with

Facsimile Dustjacket, Very Good.

For the two books: $8,500

Joyce and companion



Frank Worsley

An Epic of Polar Adventure.

Philip Alan & Co. Ltd, London, 1931, First U.K.

Edition. Octavo, original blue-grey cloth boards,

map, Frontispiece a B&W early portrait of Sir Ernest

Shackleton in uniform, and 31 other photographs,

in blue-tint. This is one of the hardest to find of

all ‘Heroic Age’ books, and is written by the great

navigator, Shackleton’s Captain Frank Worsley

from Akaroa New Zealand. He had a central role

in the entire Endurance saga, so his impressions of

events add greatly to our appreciation of the team’s

conditions and their struggle for survival. By the

time he wrote his book, Shackleton had died on

the Quest Expedition, so Worsley’s reflections on

leadership and inspiration grow more poignant.

Worsley had polished his narrative on Endurance

through many presentations and lectures in

England, so the tale is very well-told. Extremely

Rare, and no doubt there was a small print run,

so quite challenging for collectors to find even a

single Internet or auction copy! No Dustjacket,

light foxing on outside edge, several spots on sunfaded

spine, clean internally, graded Very Good.


Preparing the James Caird for voyage

Sextant, Francis Barker and Son, London, 1938.

Same model, nearly identical to sextant used by

Worsley on the ‘James Caird’ lifeboat voyage.

Display courtesy Captain Bob Graham, Hokitika.


Framed Photograph & Signatures

Ernest Shackleton & David Brainard

Wood frame, Museum glass, blue matting, with four insets,

photograph; Shackleton’s Signature; Brainard’s U.S. Embassy card;

titled label. After rescue of Shackleton’s Endurance crew and

return with the Chilean ship Yelcho, he travelled from Chile

to Buenos Aires Argentina and had a chance meeting with

Arctic explorer Brainard. At some point this Rare photograph

was taken of the two Polar explorers on board a ship in the

harbour. Photograph is Signed at top ‘D Brainard’. A calling

card is included, with printed script ‘Coronel (Colonel)

David L. Brainard’, ‘Agregado, Militaria la Embajada de los

Estados Unidos de America’ (Military Attaché, Embassy of

the United States of America). Signature ‘E.H. Shackleton’

was written on the back of Brainard’s calling card with

notation at bottom ‘Buenos Aires, October 1916’. Timing of

Shackleton’s visit was between the Endurance rescue and

subsequent rescue of the Ross Sea Party, who were then still

in Antarctica. David Brainard was one of only six survivors of

the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition in the Arctic. Exceedingly

Rare photograph and accompanying Signatures.

Dimensions: W = 28.5cm; H = 32.5cm $5,000

Carved Wooden Box, Terra Nova

Work of William McDonald – Able Seaman on Terra Nova

On the top of this light brown wooden Box is a carved penguin standing

on a globe. Carved Inscription reads ‘British Antarctic Expedition’ Terra

Nova, with carved decorative flourishes around the top and on three

sides of the box. Obviously sculpted with care.

Inside this unique cigar-sized box is a modern printed list: Robert Falcon

Scott – Crew of Terra Nova, British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. Listed

alphabetically, Shore Party; Scientific Staff; and Ship’s Party - which lists

William McDonald. Also included is a hand-written note in blue pen by

‘Paisbitt nee Geary’ and it reads thus: “This box was given to my mother

(Mrs. P. Geary) by a Mr. W. McDonald who went on one of Robert Falcon

Scott’s expeditions. It was made by one of the explorers on the expedition”.

Dimensions: Square Box 15cm X 15cm. H = 6cm. Fine. $5,500

Along with:

Diary of the ‘Terra Nova’ Expedition to the Antarctic 1910-1912

Edward Wilson

Humanities Press, New York, 1972, First American Edition. Original beige cloth with

Gilt Lettering and decoration to spine and front board, pictorial purple Dustjacket

(in facsimile). Octavo, (xxiii), 279 pages. Illustrated with Wilson’s own watercolour

paintings and sketches, along with maps, original photos and other materials drawn

from the Scott Polar Research Institute collection, Cambridge, U.K. Derived from

Wilson’s original diary manuscript, an account of Scott’s last expedition by the

great Artist and Scientist, profusely illustrated. Lovely First Edition, colour facsimile

Dustjacket, Near Fine.


Ascent to the Summit of Mont Blanc in 1834

Martin Barry

William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh, 1836, Revised Second U.K. Edition.

Professionally Rebound, new dark brown boards, gilt lettering to spine, new

endpapers. This book was found with badly damaged boards and spine, although

interior was clean and fully intact, so decision was made to have it completely

rebound. Octavo, (iv), 119 pages, Index, superb long folding panorama map ‘Chain

of Mont Blanc’ at rear, two colourful Frontispieces, chromolithographs of Alpine

Guides ascending an ice wall in two stages. A delightful early vintage Alpine book.

Barry’s account of his 1834 Mont Blanc ascent was republished in this 1836 edition,

as a series of two lectures, which expanded the text of the first edition threefold.

This Second Edition is particularly notable for the spectacular folding panorama

of Mont Blanc at rear, as well as the two charming colour lithographs, a double

Frontispiece. Presentation inscription on second endpaper, in faded ink, “from the

author”. Very Scarce. Very Good Plus for age, with interior near-perfect.


The High Alps Without Guides

A.G. Girdlestone

A Narrative of Adventures in Switzerland

Together With Chapters on the Practicability of

Such Mode of Mountaineering, and Suggestions

for its Accomplishment. Longmans, Green, and

Co, London, 1870, First U.K. Edition. Recased

spine and blue original blind-stamped decorative

boards, with spine gilt lettering cut and glued

from the original spine. Octavo, 181 pages, 2

folding maps, Central Alps (a bit creased), and

Western Alps, route marked in red, Frontispiece,

2 pages adverts. (Neate: G30) Very scarce indeed,

Neate suggests probably less than 100 copies

were made.

The Rev. Girdlestone was an enthusiastic but

fairly inept climber who had a number of lucky

escapes, consequently his book was poorly

received at the time by his contemporaries.

Light wear, spine recased, now quite a Rare book

and most collectable, yet very hard to find in any

condition. Very Good.



The Annals of Mont Blanc

C.E. Matthews

A Monograph. L.C. Page & Company, Boston,

1900, First American Edition. With a

Chapter on the Geology of the Mountain

by Professor T.G. Bonney.

Original grey-blue cloth, Gilt lettering to

spine, with a finely etched Gilt vignette

of Mont Blanc on front board. Condition

VG+, only slight scuffing, two marks on

spine, top edge Gilt, a light sprinkling

of foxing on first endpapers, interior is

fine, fore-edge and bottom edge of textblock

untrimmed (rough-cut) as described by

publisher, and several pages remain unopened (instruction

note for careful opening is loosely inserted).

Thick Octavo, (xxiv), 368 pages, finely-engraved coloured

fold-out map, bright and clean, titled ‘Routes Up Mont Blanc’

(at the back), also a publisher’s facsimile of a vintage folding

map – name of Mont Blanc appears here for the first time.

Frontispiece B&W photograph of Mont Blanc from a

drawing by E.T. Compton, engraved by Swan Electric

Engraving Company, small Title-Page black & white

vignette of mountain hut on Mont Blanc: ‘The Old Refuge at

Montanvert and Blair’s Cabin’ from a drawing by Edmund

New. Illustrated with 30 additional plates, drawings and

photographs, including five by the renown Vittorio Sella.

Contents include the Geology of Mont Blanc by T.G. Bonney;

an extensive bibliography of Mont Blanc by Louis Kurz;

Appendix: Table of the various ascents of Mont Blanc from

Paccard and Balmat to Albert Smith and others, 1786 to 1851;

Appendix: Table of fatalities which have occurred on Mont

Blanc (1820-1898); Translation of two letters, 1826 & 1846,

from the French. Also includes publisher’s facsimile reprint

of “An account of the Glacieres or Ice Alps in Savoy”, in two

other letters, illustrated with a map, originally printed in

London 1744. Followed by a facsimile of the certificate given

by Bureau des Guides as evidence of a successful ascent of

Mont Blanc. Index at rear.

This important and quite rare collectable work on Mont

Blanc is uncommon to find in such excellent condition.

Written by a founding member of The Alpine Club, Charles

Edward Mathews, President 1878-80. Mathews produced

this detailed, well-illustrated ‘monograph’ which includes

the beautiful original colour folding map. His definitive

book is considered the essential foundation source on early

history of climbing Mont Blanc; it includes a comprehensive

reference bibliography. Quite Rare. Very Good Plus.



Scrambles Amongst the Alps 1860 - 69

Edward Whymper

John Murray, London, 1871, First U.K. Edition.

Hardcover large Octavo in publisher’s original pebbled

green cloth boards, bevelled and lined, with decorative

gilt spine and lettering, professionally recased

preserving original spine cloth, with new endpapers.

Condition Very Good Plus, corners slightly worn, no

foxing and quite clean internally. Beautiful illustrations

throughout, (xx), 432 pages, five folding maps at rear

(one small tear at attachment), Frontispiece, and 20

other full-page illustrations, 90 in-text vignettes,

Whymper’s wood engravings. Elusive First printing of

the First Edition, a very scarce classic, now over 150

years old.

‘This landmark of mountaineering literature is

considered by many to be the most famous mountain

travel book of the period, by the most famous

mountaineer. Whymper’s unforgettable 1865 first

ascent of the Matterhorn (“that awful mountain”), on

his eighth attempt, is described here and remains the

classic mountain story of all time, a tale of triumph

and tragedy. His story of the climb includes all seven

previous attempts from 1861. It forever fixed the

Matterhorn as ‘the mountain which most deeply

stirred the imagination of mountaineers” (reference

Neate, and Farquahar UCLA Collection). Note –

although there are many later editions of this classic,

this is the only True First Edition. Very Good Plus.



Summer Months Among The Alps

Thomas Hinchliff

With the Ascent of Monte Rosa. Longman, Brown,

Green, Longmans & Roberts, London, 1857, First

U.K. Edition. Original red cloth boards, with gilt and

embossed ornamentation, spine has been recased,

preserving central section of original spine cloth

and gilt lettering, with new endpapers. Decorative

boards intact, a few marks of time, publisher’s

original rounded corners. Octavo, (xvi), (List of

Illustrations), 312 pages including Appendix, three

engraved monochrome fold-out maps, (Oberland

Mountains; Monte Rosa & Zermatt; Mont Blanc &

surrounds), with a chromolithograph Frontispiece

and three other tissue-guarded chromolithograph

Plates including the Matterhorn. An attractive

and colourful production, this very Rare copy

complete and fully intact if a bit fragile. No

foxing, some outside page edges slightly torn

(deckle-edge uncut pages). Tipped-in newspaper

cutting 1913 about Alpine fatalities, on first free

endpaper. Thomas Hinchliff (1825-1882), a wellknown

English mountaineer, traveller and author,

became seventh President of the Alpine Club. A

popular account, Mark Twain references this book

in ‘A Tramp Abroad’. Rare book, and a relic of the

age, condition is Very Good.



The Congo

Henry Morton Stanley

The Founding of its Free State. A Story of

Work and Exploration. Harper and Brothers,

New York, 1885, First American Edition, twovolume

set with decorative boards and spines,

lightly worn at spine tops and extremities,

yet graded VG+ condition. Original light green

cloth with Gilt titles and extravagant pictorial

and crest design in Gilt, Silver, Red and Black

on front boards. Octavo, Vol. I (xxvii), 528 pages,

engraved Frontispiece; Vol. II (x), 483 pages,

photogravure Frontispiece, plus 12 pages publisher’s


Volumes are lavishly illustrated with over 100 full-page woodengraved

Plates and smaller text illustrations, two large-format

folding colour maps in rear pockets. Stanley’s famous work

of exploration, history, and socio-politics resulting from his

1879-1884 expedition up the Congo River and his attempts to

re-open the interior for King Leopold II of Belgium. Exploring

the possibilities for enterprise and civilization in the Congo, he

set up trading posts and established treaties with local rulers,

paving the way for the cruel Belgian King Leopold’s exploitative

administrative rule of what was to become the ‘Congo Free State’

in Equatorial Africa (there is much recent scholarship on Stanley’s

views and approach to his work versus those of Leopold; see Jeal,

Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer for

many new and interesting discoveries). Through his exploration

books, Stanley became one of the most popular figures of the 19th

century, capturing the public imagination. Adventurer, explorer

and rescuer of Livingstone (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”) and

Emin Pasha. Binding, text, covers and maps all near fine, interior

clean and tight. Attractive set of this essential work in the history

of European colonization of Central Africa and the Congo Basin.

Rare First Edition in excellent condition, uncommon as such.



No Picnic on Mount Kenya

Felice Benuzzi

William Kimber, London, 1952, First U.K. Edition.

Octavo in original red cloth boards, Very Good

condition in VG but slightly chipped Dustjacket,

scattered foxing and overall wear, obviously

reread a few times. Endpaper maps, darkened

with shadows from apparent old bookmarks on

them, but not defaced, 231 pages, one colour

illustration. Hard to find First Edition, with rare

Dustjacket, an all-time mountaineering classic.

In 1943 three Italian prisoners of war escaped their compound,

within eyesight of Mount Kenya. In ‘No Picnic’, Benuzzi

tells this enchanting tale of a daring, if bizarre adventure,

attempting to climb Mount Kenya (5,199 meters; 17,057 feet).

They had surreptitiously made some climbing gear in the prison

workshop, steamed a label off a Kenlon bully beef tin to use as

their map, and slipped out of camp one night with provisions

they had saved. Their climb is punctuated with humour and

becomes an enthralling story which many mountaineers refer

to as a masterpiece. A film adaptation was made in 1994, The

Ascent. Now exceedingly scarce, this First Edition includes a

colour image of the famous Kenlon label they used for their

map. Scarce in any condition, this copy with slight wear, Scarce

Dustjacket, Very Good.


Snow on the Equator

H.W. Tilman

The Macmillan Company, New York, 1938, First American

Edition. Octavo, original red boards, with rare Dustjacket,

not price-clipped, 265 pages, 4 maps, 24 B&W photographs.

Tilman, the great storyteller, strings together a fascinating

memoir of his life in Kenya after World War I, meeting

up with fellow writer and mountaineer Eric Shipton,

climbing Mt. Kenya, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Ruwenzori in

the Mountains of the Moon. One photograph in the book

shows a desiccated body of a leopard on the crater rim of

Kilimanjaro. Leaving Kenya on the way back to England,

Tilman unrolls an amazing tale of his extraordinary solo

bicycle journey, over 3,000 miles across Africa. His dry

sense of humour seems essential to help him through any

troubles. Engrossing and a great read. Tilman was one

of the greatest adventurers of his time, and for him, the

goal was always to explore, to see new places, to discover

rather than to conquer. Tilman is ranked by some as

one of the greatest of all travel writers, part of the fine

British tradition of laconic humorous writing and there is

nobody else quite like him. His books are keenly observed,

concerned with places and people as much as summits and

achievements. Scarce in Near-Fine condition, fully intact

Rare Dust Jacket, only very slight wear, clean, unmarked

internally, Near-Fine, and Fine DJ.

$1,100 23

Home Gallery Fine Arts

Yvonne Gillespie

Artwork Title: Dawn on the Glacier

Medium: Acrylic on board

Size: 60 x 84cm

Artist info: Embodying a unique style with a

message, creative and full of imaginings. Gillespie (b

1946) explains “I wish to present colourful images,

invoke the past and look at cultures...my work

references many sources, Western and the Far East

as well as prehistory, mythology and mystery.”

Experience and education includes years of nursing,

a law degree and graduating with a Diploma in Fine

Arts from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in

Auckland. The artist’s hope from the viewer is that

they may reflect on what they see and read, that they

experience pleasure and interest.



Grahame Sydney

Signed Print Title: Flagged Route

Medium: Matted Photo Print $350

Bamboo poles with ‘Tatty Flags’

from Amundsen-Scott

South Pole Station

(display only)

Home Gallery Fine Arts

Robert Westaway

Artist info: “The most beautiful experience we

can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental

emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and

science.” (Einstein, 1949)

Dr Westaway’s painting construction is through

many chemical experiments and combinations

of organic additives instead of the use of

traditional mediums. Explaining he comments

“The beginning of my process is with an unusual

painting tool that of a microscope, wherein I mix

my paints in test tubes and beakers ensuring

cellular composition and stability of molecules...

processes of corrosion and rust are combined

with a use of vibrant colours, to push boundaries

of luminosity and darkness, very much reflecting

the emotions experienced while creating them.”

Following from having completed a Masters of

Visual Arts with distinction, he has completed

a Doctor of Visual Arts with Griffith University.

Artwork title: Environmental Warmth

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 456 x 72cm

Price: $POA

Artwork title: Shadows of Tomorrow

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 72 x 56cm

Price: $POA


The Voyages of the ‘Morning’

Captain Gerald Doorly

John Murray, London, 1916, First

U.K. Edition. Original (xx), 224

pages, folding map at rear

(facsimile), Frontispiece, 6 pages

of music scores, and 21 B&W

photographs and illustrations.

This is one of the rarest of all the

primary accounts from the ‘Heroic Age’

of Antarctic exploration. Doorly was Third Officer

on R.F. Scott’s relief ship the ‘Morning’ in 1902-3 and

in 1903-4, serving under Capt. William Colbeck, who

had sailed with Borchgrevink, and under Second

Officer Edward (Teddy) Evans. Colbeck was going

to write an account of the voyages but when this

didn’t happen Doorly undertook the effort around

10 years later. He produced not only an interesting,

pleasant and readable first-hand account but also

one of the scarcest books of Antarctic exploration.

Among other accounts, Doorly records the

discovery of Scott Island, the first landing on

Beaufort Island, and personal impressions of the

Southern party upon their return. Not in Spence.

Very scarce title to be sure, difficult to find in any

condition whatsoever. Boards lightly marked and

somewhat bowed, slightly worn, spine sunned. A

few spots and marks of age internally. Recased,

with new endpapers. Signed by Freed family

descendants, Doorly’s Granddaughter and Great-

Granddaughter. Condition Very Good.

In the Wake

Captain Gerald Doorly

Along With:

Robertson & Mullens, Melbourne, 1936, First

Australian Edition. Original blue cloth boards with

Dustjacket, with two small chips at top, one chip

at bottom, 311 pages, lightly browned, Frontispiece

and five Black and White illustrations.

Adventures of a lifetime mariner and one of the

great Antarctic sailors, windjamming round the

Horn, sailing with Teddy Evans to the Antarctic,

his work on R.F. Scott’s Discovery Expedition,

Shackleton, Wilson and more. Signed by three

Freed family descendants, Gerald Doorly’s

Granddaughter, Great-Granddaughter and Great-

Grandson. Condition Very Good.

For the two books: $2,500


Around the Bookshop

Nansen Sledges

Top: from Scott Base, Antarctica

Bottom: sledge model made by Bob

McKerrow, while wintering-over

at Lake Vanda, Antarctica.

Bill Nye, ‘The Book Guy’

George the Penguin

Model Ships (all for sale)

Antarctic Geology Display


Home Gallery Fine Arts

Brian Strong

Artwork title: Guardian of the Sea

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 76 x 76cm

Artist info: Strong (b 1945) often infuses subtle historic referencing

of New Zealand, including the Treaty of Waitangi in his work. His

work is held in private and public collections. Brian studied Fine

Arts at the University of Canterbury gaining honours. He went on to

teach art then became devoted to his own art full time. His work has

been exhibited in Singapore and London including the prestigious

New Zealand Embassy in London. For “Guardian of the Sea” Strong

mentions “...the influence of the moon and the coastal waters; the

movement of tides and the harshness of the coastal shores of New

Zealand. A country surrounded by dramatic oceans and weather

patterns made more so by the nature of our unique light.


News & Views - Spectacular new Artworks from Lucy’s Home Gallery are on show, and very special newly

arrived Exploration Relics from Joshua’s JKM Collection, definitely worth a look! All book sales include free

shipping worldwide. If you visit Adventure Books expect to find quality Rare Books, Artefacts and Artworks on

offer and on display. We are specialists in our fields, and happily offer valuations and advice. We’ve also become

a repository for books and memorabilia if you are downsizing. Ask Bill about the upcoming Legacy Library. Feel

welcome to have a chat, view items here in all price ranges, and enjoy the ambiance of the Arts Centre.


Joshua Moot, JKM Collection

Phone: (64) 27 345 2414

Email: langepootjoshua@yahoo.co.nz

Consulting contact for research or information

on your exploration relics.

Bill Nye, Adventure Books

Phone: (64) 3 365 1940

Mobile: (64) 27 434 7756

Email: info@adventurebooks.co.nz

P.O. Box 1176

Christchurch 8013

Aotearoa New Zealand

Lucy Gardner, Home Gallery Fine Arts

Phone: (64) 21 168 9922

Email: homegalleryfinearts@gmail.com

Contact for artwork information and shipping

details, domestic or international.

Gallery locations in Christchurch and Oamaru,

New Zealand.

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