If you have a spare £120,000 then please get yourself down to Bonham’s auction house in London on September 16th. Put in a bit for Edward Wilson’s autograph manuscript of his report on the celebrated Winter Journey to the Emperor Penguin rookery at Cape Crozier, Antarctica in 1911. This is the journey described later as “The Worst journey in the World.”
The manuscript is on paper, in ink, 40 closely written pages, signed at end, interspersed with 4 pencil sketches, with several pencilled notes added by Captain Scott in margins, secured by a metal hasp in the top left-hand corner, preserved in the original loose paper wrapper, titled on the upper cover as above, spine of wrapper slightly defective, folio (330 x 205mm.), Cape Evans, 1911
Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000
Have a look at it here.
What a truly wonderful piece of Antarctica history. Yet another little encouragement for me to get SOUTH up and running.