Cover of: Aurora Australis |


  • Editor
    Ernest Shackleton
  • Illustrator
    George Marston
  • Contributor
    James Murray
  • Contributor
    Douglas Mawson

Aurora Australis

Published by At The Sign of 'The Penguins' in Cape Royds, Antartica .

About the Book

This book was written and printed during the Nimrod Expedition to Antarctica (1908-09) by Ernest Shackleton and his crew whilst "over-wintering" during the 24 hours of darkness at their hut on Cape Royds, Antarctica.

Around 100 copies were produced, using an Albion printing press they had brought with them, along with a case of type and reams of paper. The covers were made using the Venesta board (an early form of plywood) from the packing cases of the food supplies they had brought with them.

The book features contributions from Ernest Shackleton (writing under the pseudonym 'Nemo'), Douglas Mawson, James Murray along with illustrations from George Marston, the expedition artist.

The original copies were distributed to friends and funders of the expedition upon its return, and several are held in libraries and archives. There are also several facsimile editions.

About the Edition

Original edition, printed in a hut at Cape Royds, Antartica by the Nimrod Expedition team. Only around 100 copies were produced.

Table of Contents

The Ascent of Mount Erubus T. W. Edgeworth David
Midwinter Night Nemo
Trials of a Messman A Messman
A Pony Watch Putty
Southward Bound Lapsus Linguæ
An Interview with an Emperor A. F. M.
Erubus Nemo
An Ancient Manuscript Shellback
Life under Difficulties James Murray
Bathybia Douglas Mawson

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