Pickwick Papers book belonging to Captain Oates
This first edition of Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is a great example, but it also carries a special inscription: "To L.E.G. Oates of the Enniskillen Dragoons".
L.E.G. Oates is in fact Captain Oates, the companion of Captain Scott on the trip to Antarctica. This book was a gift to him, and the inscription continues to say: "With sincere wishes for a successful voyage and speedy return". It is dated 31st May 1910, which was the day before the Terra Nova sailed from London to South Wales.
Did you know? Nine years before he joined Scott’s Antarctic mission, Captain Oates thigh was shattered by an enemy bullet in the Boer War. This injury left him with a limp and one leg shorter than the other and it caused him further pain as the chill of the Antarctic intensified the effect of his injuries.