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Edward Wilson's Antarctic notebooks

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"Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks" ISBN 9781874192510 Dr. Edward A. Wilson (1872-1912) is widely regarded as one of the finest artists ever to have worked in the Antarctic. Sailing with Captain Scott aboard 'Discovery' (1901-1904), he became the last in a long tradition of 'exploration artists' from an age when pencil and water-colour were the main methods of producing accurate scientific records

By David M Wilson and Christopher Wilson


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Edward Wilson's Antarctic notebooks Special Limited Edition

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"Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks" ISBN 9781874192572 Dr. Edward A. Wilson (1872-1912) is widely regarded as one of the finest artists ever to have worked in the Antarctic. Sailing with Captain Scott aboard 'Discovery' (1901-1904), he became the last in a long tradition of 'exploration artists' from an age when pencil and water-colour were the main methods of producing accurate scientific records By David M Wilson and Christopher Wilson


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The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton

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"The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton" ISBN 1 873877 68 4 With many Pictures from Captain Scott's first Antarctic Expedition by Reginald Skelton who was Chief Engineer and Official Photographer to Captain Scott's Discovery Expedition by Judy Skelton

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The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton Special Limited Edition

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"The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton" ISBN 1 873877 69 2

Special 150 Limited Edition, numbered and signed boxed leather book.

With many Pictures from Captain Scott's first Antarctic Expedition by Reginald Skelton who was Chief Engineer and Official Photographer to Captain Scott's Discovery Expedition by Judy Skelton

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Cheltenham in Antarctica

(The life of Edward Wilson)

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Dr Edward Adrian Wilson is one of the best known of Cheltenham's native sons and one of the most widely respected naturalists, artists and explorers from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Despite this, remarkably little has been written about him.

In this exciting new work, Dr David M. Wilson, his great nephew, and David B. Elder, a local Cheltenham librarian, have collaborated to produce the first biography of Edward Wilson for many years. It is richly illustrated with photographs and paintings, many of which are being made available to the public for the first time. The book traces the Cheltenham roots of Edward Wilson's extraordinary life, identifies many of the local sights associated with him, and follows him through to his death with Captain Scott on the return from the South Pole in 1912.

144pp. 12 Colour Plates and over 100 black and white illustrations.
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Cheltenham in Antarctica Special Edition

(The life of Edward Wilson)

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Cheltenham in Antarctica: the Life of Edward Wilson has rapidly become a popular title. Amongst the many favourable comments received, there have been numerous requests for a hardback edition. In addition to reprinting the paperback to meet demand, we have therefore produced a special collector's edition of this title. It is numbered, boxed, bound in leather, signed by the authors and limited strictly to 500 copies only. The front of this special edition contains a rare reproduction of the famous portrait of Edward Wilson by A.U.Soord. All together we believe that this is a beautiful book, that everyone will simply enjoy having on their shelf.

144pp. 12 Colour Plates and over 100 black and white illustrations.
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Discovery Illustrated

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"Discovery Illustrated" ISBN 1 873877 48 X Pictures from Captain Scott's first Antarctic Expedition by J.V. Skelton and D.M. Wilson

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500 images from one of the great heroic age Antarctic Expeditions with diary quotations from Chief Engineer R.A. Skelton and Dr E.A Wilson

all Royalties will be donated to support the work of the Scott Polar Reseach Institute

It is centenary time in the Antarctic. Everyone knows Captain Robert Falcon Scott died on his way back from the South Pole in 1912 but how many people are aware of his earlier, highly successful venture south aboard 'Discovery' from 1901-4? One hundred years later, the story of this first truly scientific expedition to the Antarctic is vividly told in 'Discovery Illustrated', written by descendants of two of Scott's companions, Chief Engineer Reginald Skelton and Dr Edward Wilson.

Judy Skelton and David Wilson have used the expedition's original photographs, paintings and drawings, together with extracts from their forebears' journals, to give the reader an experience of this voyage of exploration as close as possible to that of the men who were there.

Their scientific achievements were truly remarkable. The members of the expedition were the first men to travel any distance into the interior of the Antarctic continent, surveying and making meticulous geographical observations as they battled to survive the hostile elements. They also studied and recorded the geology and the flora and fauna, discovering huge numbers of new species, and took copious, magnetic, meteorological and gravitational measurements.

Stories of football on the ice - with the enthusiastic participation of a penguin - musical and theatrical entertainments, as well as 'The South Polar Times', 'Discovery's' winter magazine, amply illustrate the lighter side of expedition life.

Cover design by Nicholas Reardon.
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Nimrod Illustrated

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"NIMROD ILLUSTRATED" ISBN 9781873877906 (Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition (Hardcover) by D.M. Wilson

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To celebrate the centenary of one of the most exciting expeditions of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration comes "Nimrod Illustrated". The book is a remarkable collage of expedition photographs, paintings and ephemera in a deliberate reminiscence of the expedition scrapbooks kept by so many of the expedition participants at the time. Many of the images are rarely seen, if ever before published, whilst others are better known.Together with quotations from the diaries of expedition participants, they tell the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 which saw the first use of ponies and motor cars in the Antarctic; achieved the first ascent of Mount Erebus; achieved the first attainment of the South Magnetic Pole; and, took Shackleton within 100 miles of the South Geographic Pole to attain a dramatic new 'Farthest South' record. This was the expedition that made Shackleton's name as an explorer and for which he was awarded his knighthood. Edited by Dr. D. M. Wilson, "Nimrod Illustrated" is a treat for anyone interested in Shackleton, the Antarctic, polar exploration or the atmosphere of the Edwardian age. It is a part of the well regarded series commenced with "Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition" (2001).

Cover design by Nicholas Reardon.
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Nimrod Illustrated

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"NIMROD ILLUSTRATED" ISBN 9781873877913

(Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition (signed Leather Bound Limited edition)(Hardcover) by D.M. Wilson

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To celebrate the centenary of one of the most exciting expeditions of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration comes "Nimrod Illustrated". The book is a remarkable collage of expedition photographs, paintings and ephemera in a deliberate reminiscence of the expedition scrapbooks kept by so many of the expedition participants at the time. Many of the images are rarely seen, if ever before published, whilst others are better known.Together with quotations from the diaries of expedition participants, they tell the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 which saw the first use of ponies and motor cars in the Antarctic; achieved the first ascent of Mount Erebus; achieved the first attainment of the South Magnetic Pole; and, took Shackleton within 100 miles of the South Geographic Pole to attain a dramatic new 'Farthest South' record. This was the expedition that made Shackleton's name as an explorer and for which he was awarded his knighthood. Edited by Dr. D. M. Wilson, "Nimrod Illustrated" is a treat for anyone interested in Shackleton, the Antarctic, polar exploration or the atmosphere of the Edwardian age. It is a part of the well regarded series commenced with "Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition" (2001).

Cover design by Nicholas Reardon.
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Songs of the Morning (Music CD)

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The Songs of the ‘MORNING’: A Musical Sketch

ISMN M9002068 0 0 ISBN 1 873877 52 8

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Music and poems from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration as composed during the Relief Voyage to the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904.

Music by Lieut. G.S.Doorly, Lyrics by Chief Engineer Morrison and other officers, including Ernest Shackleton.

Roger Wilson (baritone); Gillian Bibby (piano); Grant Tilly (narrator); Peter Vere-Jones & Charles Wilson (recitants); With The Morning Glories

A host of New Zealand’s best musicians and actors have generously collaborated to produce this recording to mark the centenary of the voyage of the ‘Morning’ to relieve Captain Scott and company aboard ‘Discovery’ in 1902. This is the first time that the famous ‘Songs of the Morning’ have been released on CD. Roger Wilson is a grandson of Lieut. Doorly and is one of New Zealand’s best known opera and concert singers. Grant Tilly and Peter Vere-Jones are two of New Zealand’s most distinguished and accomplished actors.

The royalties from this recording will be divided between the Dundee Heritage Trust’s “Antarctica 100 ‘Discovery’ Restoration Fund”, for work on the restoration of ‘Discovery’ at her current home in Dundee; and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust for preservation work on the Expedition Hut and its contents.


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Dog Days on Ice

(Antarctic Exploration in a Golden Era)

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I surveyed the grey hair and balding heads, the lined faces, the stooped or halting walk of some, and the old protest song came to mind: “Where have all the young men gone?” It was October 2006 and the British Antarctic Survey Club was celebrating fifty years of “Halley”, the remote research base on the Antarctic continent. Along with four hundred other ex-Halley residents, I went along to the two day bun fight and chin wag noting the somewhat more luxurious accommodation than we had ever experienced “down south”.

It was a wonderful gathering, meeting near forgotten friends, updating about what’s happening in the twenty first century (that made us 1960s boys feel old!), but above all the inevitable reminiscences. As I listened and related my own stories, and particularly as I surveyed those ageing friends, I realised that in all too few years, an exciting and fascinating period of British exploration was to be forgotten.

True, there is an extensive archive at the British Antarctic Survey offices in Cambridge, but virtually all of this consists of formal reports; little is recorded about day to day living at Halley, of the now extinct experience of working with dogs, of camping on long expeditions, of the cold, of how it all affected the men who lived there. My own time and work at Halley built on the efforts and dedication of those who established and maintained the base in the years before our cohort arrived; and particularly on those who undertook the many early field trips. I was destined and privileged to work with the huskies, those lovely animals that featured prominently in explorations at Halley for scarcely a decade. From the humble beginnings of “Stumpy”, the base pet in 1958, an importing and breeding programme was started in 1962 that produced a peak of 69 animals (adults and pups) in 1968 but by 1972 huskies had been internationally declared an “alien species” and should be discontinued. I leave it to the reader to imagine what discontinued meant. A couple of dogs, demoted once more to base pet status, managed to survive the decade but the great days of dog travel were over. That other alien species “man” with his increasingly polluting tractors and aircraft was however deemed essential, but one is left whimsically wondering how many billion husky farts equals one minute of a jet engine exhaust!

The 1960s were I believe the golden age of exploratory expeditions undertaken by the British Antarctic Survey and this book presents a personal account of an amazing, exciting and life changing experience.
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