ATG Quirkies: Explorers Need More than Maps

By Frank Hurley [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

By Frank Hurley [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

In the days before GPS intrepid explorers needed maps to help in their quest. But evidently, they also needed a well stocked library. At least that was the case for Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the star-crossed ship Endurance.

While being caught in the ice for 10 months and eventually seeing their ship break apart, the crew of the Endurance had access to an eclectic mix of  novels, poetry, and reference works, not to mention, the memoirs of fellow explorers.

Fortunately for the intrepid historian/bibliophile, Paul Kerley of the BBC News Magazine has posted this list of what books were taken to the Antarctic 100 years ago by Shackleton and his men.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)


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