Our next book from the royal library is the personal favourite of emma, senior curator and antarctica enthusiast.
the 'aurora australis' was the first book to be entirely produced in antarctica. it was made during ernest shackleton's n****d (or british antarctic) expedition of 1907-9. he took a printing press, type, paper, ink and an etching stone with him on the expedition, in order to give his men something to do during the long, dark cold of winter. not more than 100 were printed, of which fewer than 70 copies are now known. the books were bound in wood from the expedition's packing cases, so copies are often known by the contents of their case. ours is the mock-turtle soup copy!
Some fur seals are more playful than others - i followed this guy around for at least 10 minutes and he gave me a full fashion show of all his best angles. nature has a beautiful way of reminding us of the wonders in this world, and travelling to antarctica to spend a week amongst these gorgeous furry friends is no exception! 😊