Rare Antarctic Books & Related Items from the Library of Richard Reaney

Thursday 11th April 2019

10.00am - 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

Art+Object is pleased to announce that its first Rare Books auction of 2019 will feature the most important collection of Antarctic books ever to have been held in New Zealand, the superb library of Richard Reaney, noted author, historian and Polar adventurer. Richard Reaney has visited significant historic sites in Antarctica on numerous occasions and played an important part in many of the commemorative expeditions to South Georgia, Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands.

Over a period of 50 years Richard has visited many countries amassing this world class collection of books on Antarctica and the expeditions relating to it as well as numerous books relating to other international expeditions and the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’.

George V. Polar Medal [1910]
Silver with original white ribbed ribbon and 4 bars for Antarctic 1910-13; 1912-14; 1914-16 and 1917. The reverse side depicting the Royal Research Ship ‘Discovery’ in the ice with a sledging party of six. Unpresented medal in near fine condition.


Sunday 7th April 11:00 - 16:00
Monday 8th April 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 9th April 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10th April 09:00 - 17:00


Pam Plumbly, Rare Book Consultant
0800 80 60 01
+64 9 354 4646
+64 21 448 200
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