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The White Darkness: Grann, David
Grann, David The White Darkness
2018 US 1st, small 8vo, pp.147, 36 color & 18 bw photos, map, photo eps, white cloth; dj & cloth new #27446 $19.95
Grann tells the remarkable story of Henry Worsley - devoted husband, father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the fi[read more]

Dick Byrd - Air Explorer: An Intimate Story of a Great Air Explorer, Whose Spectacular Flights to the North and South Poles, Across the Atlantic Ocean and Other Adventures have Thrilled Red-Blooded Men and Boys the World Over: Green, Fitzhugh
signedGreen, Fitzhugh Dick Byrd - Air Explorer: An Intimate Story of a Great Air Explorer, Whose Spectacular Flights to the North and South Poles, Across the Atlantic Ocean and Other Adventures have Thrilled Red-Blooded Men and Boys the World Over
1928 Putnam’s NY 1st, 8vo, pp.viii, 267, 4 pgs ads, photo frontis, 30 bw photos, photo eps, red cloth; inscribed ‘Best of good wishes to Felix Riesenberg, R E Byrd Boston Mass Sept. 29, 1928’, cloth w/ light wear/rubbing, tight, 2nd inscription to Riesenberg from Thomas L Sullivan, very good #25773 $95.00
Green was a member of Donald MacMillan’s Crocker Land Expedition (1913-16). He wrote a number of books among which were three biographies of polar explorers (Bob Bartlett, Dick Byrd, and Robert Peary). This book, written for young adults, is inscribed by Richard Byrd to Felix Riesenberg who was the [read more]

Forty Years for Labrador: Grenfell, Wilfred
signedGrenfell, Wilfred Forty Years for Labrador
1932 Houghton Mifflin Boston & NY 1st, 8vo, pp.viii, 372, photo frontis, 26 bw photos, blue cloth; signed, cloth w/ tribute sheet pasted to front pastedown, tight, vg #27462 $25.00 $21.25
Grenfell (1865-1940) was a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador. This is his second autobiography which revises and adds additional years to his first, ‘A Labrador Doctor’ (1919). One of a number of books by Grenfell on his life in Labrador. To see all of our Sale Items,
Adrift on an Ice-Pan: Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason
signedGrenfell, Wilfred Thomason Adrift on an Ice-Pan
1931 Houghton Mifflin Boston & NY 28th imp, small 8vo, pp.xxv, 69, photo frontis, 7 bw photos, appendix, grey cloth; signed, cloth vg #27457 $25.00 $21.25
Grenfell (1865-1940) was a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador. In April 1908, he was summoned to treat a seriously ill boy who needed immediate attention to save not only his leg but his life. Grenfell set out from St. Anthony, Newfoundland, with his komatik and his eight best dogs. [read more]

Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica: Griffiths, Tom
Griffiths, Tom Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica
2007 US US, 1st, 8vo, pp.399, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #24753 $29.95
Australian Griffiths has spent time on the ice and reflects on the history of human experiences in Antarctica, taking the reader on a journey of discovery, exploration, and adventure, interweaving his own diary entries with rich and engaging essays on Antarctic history, science and culture. A most [read more]

Ghosts of Cape Sabine: The Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition: Guttridge, Leonard F.
Guttridge, Leonard F. Ghosts of Cape Sabine: The Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition
2000 Putnam's NY 1st, 8vo, pp.xiv, 354, photo frontis, 37 bw photos, map, map eps, grey cloth; dj w/ light edge wear, fine, cloth near fine #18964 $27.95 $19.00
Greely's Lady Franklin Bay Expedition (1881-84) was based at Fort Conger, Lady Franklin Bay, Ellesmere Island. They explored the north coast of Greenland from Cape Bryant to Cape Washington, the interior and west coast of Grinnell Land, and extended the mapping of Hayes Sound. When relief ships fa[read more]

Born Adventurer: The Life of Frank Bickerton, Antarctic Pioneer: Haddelsey, Stephen
Haddelsey, Stephen Born Adventurer: The Life of Frank Bickerton, Antarctic Pioneer
2005 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.xv, 255, 17 bw photos, 3 maps, black cloth; dj & cloth new #24182 $39.95
The story of Frank Bickerton (1889-1954), the British engineer on Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14. The expedition gave birth to what Fiennes has called 'one of the greatest accounts of polar survival in history' and surveyed for the first time the 2,000-mile stretc[read more]

Ice Captain: The Life of J. R. Stenhouse: Haddelsey, Stephen
Haddelsey, Stephen Ice Captain: The Life of J. R. Stenhouse
2008 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.xvi, 238, 21 bw photos, 5 maps, black cloth; dj & cloth new #25087 $39.95
The first full biography of Commander Joseph Russell Stenhouse, commander of the ‘Aurora’ on Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) and the ‘Discovery’ on the National Oceanographic Expedition (1925-27). While Shackleton was beginning his epic with the ‘Endurance’, the ‘Aurora’ [read more]

Icy Graves: Exploration and Death in the Antarctic: Haddelsey, Stephen
Haddelsey, Stephen Icy Graves: Exploration and Death in the Antarctic
2018 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.285, 41 bw photos, fig, plan, 2 maps, white cloth; dj & cloth new #27424 $39.95
Ever since Captain Cook first sailed into the Great Southern Ocean in 1773, mankind has sought to push back the boundaries of Antarctic exploration. The first expeditions tried simply to chart Antarctica’s coastline, but then the Sixth International Geographical Congress of 1895 posed a greater chal[read more]

Shackleton’s Dream: Fuchs, Hillary and the Crossing of Antarctica: Haddelsey, Stephen
Haddelsey, Stephen Shackleton’s Dream: Fuchs, Hillary and the Crossing of Antarctica
2012 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.272, 35 bw photos, 5 maps, white cloth; dj & cloth new #25977 $39.95
In November 1915, Sir Ernest Shackleton watched horrified as the grinding floes of the Weddell Sea squeezed the life from his ship, Endurance, before letting her slip silently down to her last resting place. Caught in the chaos of splintered wood, buckled metalwork and tangled rigging lay Shackleto[read more]

Solo - The North Pole: Alone and Unsupported: Hadow, Pen
Hadow, Pen Solo - The North Pole: Alone and Unsupported
2004 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.xiv, 370, 73 color & 16 bw photos, 2 color maps, color map eps, black cloth; dj & cloth new. #23614 $35.95
In 2003, Hadow became the first to journey solo to the pole without resupply from Ward Hunt Island. Six months later he reached the South Pole, thus becoming the first Briton to walk to both Poles. While the journey to the North Pole is shorter than that to the South Pole, one has to contend with [read more]

Life with the Esquimaux: A Narrative of Arctic Experience in Search of Survivors of Sir John Franklin’s Expedition: Hall, Captain Charles Francis
Hall, Captain Charles Francis Life with the Esquimaux: A Narrative of Arctic Experience in Search of Survivors of Sir John Franklin’s Expedition
1970 M. G. Hurtig Edmonton 1st thus, thick 8vo, pp.xxiii, 547, color frontis, 3 color & 97 bw illus, fldg map, appendix, red cloth; cloth w/ date/place in pen on ffep, map w/ orig folds & 2” tear, tight, near fine #27463 $29.00 $24.65
From 1860-62, Hall (1821-71), the American polar explorer, embarked in the whaling barque ‘George Henry’ on the first of two voyages to the Canadian Arctic region aimed at investigating the fate of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition of 1847. During his time in the Arctic, Hall lived amongst the Inu[read more]

Halsey, David Magnetic North: A Trek Across Canada
1990 Sierra Club SF 1st, 8vo, pp.252, 13 color photos, 8 maps, red/grey cloth; dj & cloth new #9160 $15.00
The 1977-79 Trans-Canada Expedition crossed from Pacific to Atlantic via foot, dogsled, and canoe.[read more]

Venture to the Arctic: Hamilton, R. A. ed.
Hamilton, R. A. ed. Venture to the Arctic
1958 Penguin Middlesex 1st, small 8vo, pp.xiv, 283, 57 bw photos, 38 figures, wraps; pen number on cover, pages darkened w/ age, vg #18148 $24.00
Account of the British North Greenland Expedition to Dronning Louise Land (1952-54). Only edition. AB 58514.[read more]

Unchained Man: The Arctic Life and Times of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett: Hanrahan, Maura
Hanrahan, Maura Unchained Man: The Arctic Life and Times of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett
2018 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.350, 19 bw photos, 3 maps, wraps; new #27587 $29.95
In March 1914, two men began a perilous 700-mile walk across the barren ice fields of the Arctic Ocean from Alaska to Siberia on a near-impossible rescue mission - to save the stranded crew and passengers of the ship Karluk, which had been crushed and sunk by ice. One of those making this trek was l[read more]

Voyages of a Modern Viking: Hanssen, Helmer
Hanssen, Helmer Voyages of a Modern Viking
1936 Routeledge London 1st, 8vo, pp.x, 216, photo frontis, 5 bw photos, double-page map, gilt-lettered spine, light blue cloth; cloth w/ some spotting to cover edges, corners rubbed, internal foxing/toning, tight, very good #25748 $650.00 $575.00
Hanssen was an experienced Norwegian ice pilot who participated in three polar expeditions, all with Roald Amundsen. His autobiography includes his experiences as second mate in the search for the Northwest Passage in the Gjøa (1903-06), as a dog driver on the South Pole expedition in the Fram (191[read more]

Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, The New York Eskimo: Harper, Kenn
Harper, Kenn Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, The New York Eskimo
2000 US 1st US, 8vo, pp.xvi, 277, 62 bw photos, map, appendix, black/white cloth; dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #18149 $9.00
Minik was an Eskimo from north-western Greenland who was taken by Robert Peary to New York in 1897. During his twelve years in America, his adoptive family went from riches to rags, and Minik's own life was shattered with the trauma of discovering his father's skeleton on display in the American Mus[read more]

Richard Harrington’s Antarctic: Harrington, Richard
Harrington, Richard Richard Harrington’s Antarctic
1976 Alaska Northwest Pub Co Anchorage 1st, oblong 8vo, pp.104, photo frontis, 194 color & 2 bw photos, 9 illus, 5 color maps (1 fldg), wraps; very good #27620 $5.95
Canadian writer-photographer Richard Harrington has made three journeys to the Antarctic and spent many hours in such spots as the Adelie penguin colony. He and his wife Lyn have for years formed Canada’s top team in professional writing and photography, averaging a book a year about travels far fro[read more]

What Ship?: Lieutenant Harry Pennell’s Antarctic Legacy: Harrowfield, David
signedHarrowfield, David What Ship?: Lieutenant Harry Pennell’s Antarctic Legacy
2013 Pvt Pub NZ Ltd ed 450, 8vo, pp.124, photo frontis, 15 color & 33 bw photos, map, appendices, photo eps, pictorial cloth; signed, issued w/o dj, cloth new #26489 $69.00
Pennell served as navigator and captain during Capt. Robert Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition (1910-13) aboard the Terra Nova. Harrowfield’s book commemorates the centenary of the death of Captain Scott and his party on return from the South Pole in 1912 along with the mysterious arrival during [read more]

Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910-1912: Hassel, Sverre
Hassel, Sverre Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910-1912
2011 Norway 1st, 8vo, pp.221, 25 color & 110 bw photos, 3 color & 1 bw maps, 1 color & 1 bw plans, illus eps, wraps; new #27543 $24.95
Hassel (1876-1928) was one of 20 members of Roald Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition (1910-12). He was a member of the land party, serving as a dog driver, and was one of five to reach the pole itself. Prior to this expedition he was with Otto Sverdrup on an attempt to circumnavigate Greenland. Thi[read more]

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