Of all the tales of Antarctic exploration at the beginning of the 20th century, the adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton are among the most astonishing, not least because he was able to bring his 1914 expedition back intact after their ship was trapped in the ice. This led to one of his most famous exploits as he sailed over 700 miles in an open boat with a skeleton crew to get help from the island of South Georgia.
As the final sale from the Franklin Brooke-Hitching Library of Exploration comes to auction in London on 30 September, an array of books and photographs relating to Shackleton will be offered. – Malcolm Cossons
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