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LOT 3017
11th July 2016
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LOT 3017
BERNACCHI, [Louis Charles.] A Very Gallant Gentleman. London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1933. Third impression, 8vo (206 x 134mm.) (Light browning and spotting, heavier to fore-edge.) Original cloth (extremities lightly bumped, spine faded, upper-cover slightly affected by damp). Note: signed by Bernacchi to front-free endpaper and title-page. Bernacchi, as a physicist and astronomer, joined Carsten Borchgrevink's Southern Cross expedition (1898-1900) and Robert Falcon Scott's expedition on the Discovery (1901-1904). In 1906 Scott was best man at Bernacchi's wedding, later inviting him to participate in his ill-fated second expedition; Bernacchi politely declined due to family commitments. Provenance: Earl Howe [Francis Curzon] (presentation inscription 'As a small token of gratitude and esteem from the Council of the Schoolboys' Own Exhibition. Great White City, London for your valuable work & assistance in connection with the 1933/4 exhibition 3.2.34.' to front-free endpaper); Michael Gilkes (bookplate to front pastedown). - And one other volume by Bernacchi ('Saga of the Discovery'. London: Blackie & Son Limited, 1938. First edition). Provenance: The Michael Gilkes Collection (2).
Hammer price: £160
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