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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette: Sides, Hampton
Sides, Hampton In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
2014 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xiii, 454, 26 bw photos, map, illus eps, white/grey cloth; dj & cloth new #26769 $28.95
In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, b[read more]

Captain Scott: Icy Deceits and Untold Realities: Sienicki, Krzysztof
Sienicki, Krzysztof Captain Scott: Icy Deceits and Untold Realities
2016 Germany 1st, thick 8vo, pp.xxxi, 778, 12 bw photos, 35 figs, 136 graphs, 42 tables, 10 maps, appendices, page-ribbon, map eps, black cloth; dj & cloth new #27256 $175.00
In this massive tome, comprised of three volumes, Sienicki uses scientific techniques to analyze Scott’s data. Historical descriptions attempting to find a reason for Captain Scott and his companions deaths were, despite eloquence of presentation, unable to find the actual cause of the disaster. Whi[read more]

Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Regions: Simmonds, P. L.
Simmonds, P. L. Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Regions
2005 UK 1st thus, 8vo, pp.313, frontis, 13 bw illus, wraps; new. #24184 $35.95
On 18 May 1845 Sir John Franklin set sail with a crew of 134 men on two ships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, in an attempt to find the Northwest Passage. The ships were last seen on 26 July by an Arctic whaler off the entrance to Lancaster Sound and from there they vanished, never to be seen again. A[read more]

Inclement Weather and Lack of Fuel was the Cause of Their Deaths: Skarung, Per
Skarung, Per Inclement Weather and Lack of Fuel was the Cause of Their Deaths
2015 Norway 1st, 4to, pp.109, 11 color & 50 bw photos, 7 bw illus, color map, wraps; new #27559 $24.95
Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen were both experienced expedition leaders with almost identical challenges when they both left for Antarctica in 1910. They established their respective bases in the Bay of Whales and the McMurdo Sound preparing for the final journey to the South Pole in January[read more]

The Life and Adventures of William Lashly: Skinner, George & Valerie
signedSkinner, George & Valerie The Life and Adventures of William Lashly
2013 UK Ltd ed 200, small 8vo, pp.56, 25 bw photos, map, wraps; signed by both authors, new #26575 $11.95
Lashly was born in the Hampshire village of Hambledon on Christmas Day 1867. He left the village school when he was a little over 11 years old and at 21 joined the Royal Navy. By the age of 52 he had served as Stoker on six Naval warships, including HMS Irresistible where he survived when it was min[read more]

Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers: Smith, Michael
Smith, Michael Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers
2010 Ireland 1st, 8vo, pp.x, 255, photo frontis, 44 color & 81 bw photos, 1 color & 7 bw illus, 14 color maps, map eps, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #25609 $53.95
This is the first single volume to salute Ireland’s unique link with Antarctic discovery, spanning 200 years of daring exploits in the frozen wastes. It includes many previously unknown stories and photographs of early explorers and discloses why so many Irish heroes, caught up in Ireland’s fight f[read more]

I Am Just Going Outside: Captain Oates - Antarctic Tragedy: Smith, Michael
Smith, Michael I Am Just Going Outside: Captain Oates - Antarctic Tragedy
2002 UK 2nd, 8vo, pp.301, 37 bw photos, 2 maps, black cloth; dj & cloth new. #23618 $39.95
On January 18th, 1912 ‘Titus’ Oates, together with Captain Scott, ‘Birdie’ Bowers, ‘Teddy’ Evans, and ‘Bill’ Wilson reached the South Pole, only to find that Roald Amundsen had beaten them in their quest. They then turned their backs on the Pole and began the arduous return journey to Cape Evans an[read more]

Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer: Smith, Michael
signedSmith, Michael Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer
2014 Ireland 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 443, 50 bw photos, 9 maps, blue cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #26819 $39.95
Ernest Shackleton is one of history’s great explorers, a tenacious and charismatic personality who became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He was a restless adventurer from an Irish background with a[read more]

Sir James Wordie: Polar Crusader - Exploring the Arctic and Antarctic: Smith, Michael
Smith, Michael Sir James Wordie: Polar Crusader - Exploring the Arctic and Antarctic
2004 UK 1st, thick 8vo, pp.xix, 371, 48 bw photos, 11 maps, appendix, black cloth; dj & cloth new. #23574 $49.95
Sir James Mann Wordie, (1889-1962), was the elder statesman of polar exploration the link between the heroic Edwardian Age of Shackleton and Scott and the mechanised modern era which opened up Antarctica and the Arctic. The remarkable life of one of Scotland's greatest heroes remains surprisingly [read more]

Tom Crean: An Illustrated Life – Unsung Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Expeditions: Smith, Michael
Smith, Michael Tom Crean: An Illustrated Life – Unsung Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Expeditions
2006 Ireland 1st, 4to, pp.x, 193, photo frontis, 30 color & 169 bw photos, 3 drawings, 9 color & 1 bw maps, black cloth; dj & cloth new #24566 $47.95
Smith has produced yet another wonderful book – this, a pictorial biography, celebrates the life of Tom Crean, a great Irish hero of Antarctic exploration. His adventures on the ice are captured in photographs taken under the most difficult conditions. These are now assembled for the first time wi[read more]

Tom Crean: Unsung Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic Expeditions: Smith, Michael
Smith, Michael Tom Crean: Unsung Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic Expeditions
2001 US 2nd prtg, 8vo, pp.302, photo frontis, 29 bw photos, 5 maps, blue cloth; dj unclipped, fine, cloth w/ slight stain top edge, tight, fine #21231 $24.95 $17.95
This is the first book to focus on the life of Tom Crean and his work during the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. He was a member of both of Robert Scott’s expeditions and made his third trip on Ernest Shackleton’s fateful ‘Endurance’ expedition. He spent more time on the ice than either Scott[read more]

Arctic Mirage: The 1913-1920 Expedition in Search of Crocker Land: Solberg, Winton U.
Solberg, Winton U. Arctic Mirage: The 1913-1920 Expedition in Search of Crocker Land
2019 US 1st, 8vo, pp.vii, 255, 20 bw photos, map, wraps; new #27641 $34.95
In 1913, an expedition was sent to the Arctic, funded by the American Museum of Natural History, the American Geographical Society, and the University of Illinois. Its purpose was twofold: to discover whether an archipelago called Crocker Land - reportedly spotted by an earlier explorer in 1906 - ac[read more]

Antarctica: The Impossible Crossing?: Somers, Geoff
Somers, Geoff Antarctica: The Impossible Crossing?
2018 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.xxvi, 276, photo frontis, 77 color & 1 bw photos, 41 illus, 1 color & 3 bw maps, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #27515 $34.95
In 1989-90 the International Trans-Antarctic Expedition (ITAE) consisting of six men, from six countries, 36 huskies, and 20 tons of food and gear crossed the continent (3,741 miles) via its greatest axis in 220 days. This was the longest and first on-foot crossing of the continent which focused att[read more]

The Saga of Fridtjof Nansen: Sörensen, Jon
Sörensen, Jon The Saga of Fridtjof Nansen
1932 American-Scandinavian Foundation NY 1st, 8vo, pp.372, photo frontis, 21 bw photos, blue cloth; xlib, cloth spine faded w/ #, top spine pulled, bookplate on fep, stamps, pocket on rep, tight, good+ #12662 $9.00
A thorough biography of Nansen, 1861-1930, with a list of books and articles by him.[read more]

Antarctic Miscellany: Books, Periodicals & Maps Relating to the Discovery and Exploration of the Antarctic: Spence, Sydney A.
Spence, Sydney A. Antarctic Miscellany: Books, Periodicals & Maps Relating to the Discovery and Exploration of the Antarctic
1980 Simper Surrey 2nd, ltd ed 1000, 8vo, pp.xi, 220, 9 illustrations, green cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth fine #9315 $59.00
A valuable reference for Antarctic material listing over 3000 items. This is one of the most commonly referenced bibliographies.[read more]

Spufford, Frances I May Be Some Time
1997 US 8vo 2nd, prtg, pp.372, 12 bw photos, black cloth; dj & cloth new. #22215 $26.95 $19.95
About the Poles as they have been perceived, dreamed, and desired. Explores myth as myth, showing how Scott’s death was the culmination of a long-running national enchantment with vast empty spaces, the beauty of untrodden snow, and perilous journeys to the ends of the earth. Winner of the 1997 Ba[read more]

The Voyage of the Huron and The Huntress: The American Sealers and the Discovery of the Continent of Antarctica: Stackpole, Edouard A.
Stackpole, Edouard A. The Voyage of the Huron and The Huntress: The American Sealers and the Discovery of the Continent of Antarctica
Nov 1955 Marine Historical Assoc Mystic, CT 1st, 8vo, pp.86, 5 plates, 9 sketches/maps, loose fldg map, gray wraps; light wear, very good #26708 $29.00 $7.65
‘A discussion of some of the lesser known sealing voyages of the early 1820s.’ – Rosove. With the often-missing separate folding map titled ‘Shetlands du Sud et Coté de l’Antarctide Sud-Américaine. 2me Expédition Antarctique Française (1908-1910)’ depicting the South Shetlands and the tip of Palmer [read more]

Hunters of the Great North: Stefansson, Vilhjalmur
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur Hunters of the Great North
1922 Harcourt, Brace NY 1st, 8vo, pp.vii, 301, photo frontis, 25 bw photos, 2 fldg maps, white-lettered blue cloth; cloth spine darkened, some cover lettering flaking as usual, bookplate, maps w/ orig folds, no tears, vg #26220 $25.00
Stefansson describes his first expedition to the Arctic as a member of the Leffingwell-Mikkelsen expedition to northern Alaska (1906-07), and lessons learned while living among the Eskimo.[read more]

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur My Life with the Eskimo
1951 Macmillan NY 4th, thick 8vo, pp.xvii, 538, 109 bw photos, 2 fldg maps, map eps, blue cloth; dj worn, chipped top/bottom spine, good, cloth tight, vg. #11028 $45.00
Narrative of the Stefansson-Anderson Arctic Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History, 1908-12, describing routes, travel methods, daily living, hunting, Eskimo life, animals, etc. Less common with the dust jacket. AB 16832, Mattila A1.[read more]

The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions: Stefansson, Vilhjalmur
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions
1922 Macmillan NY 2nd prtg, thick 8vo, pp.xxxi, 784, photo frontis, 102 bw photos, 9 maps (6 fldg, 2 in pocket, 1 color), appendices, blue cloth; xlib, cloth w/ # on spine, pulled top/bottom spine, corners rubbed, pocket remnant back, maps w/ orig folds, good+ #27651 $19.00
Stefansson (1879-1962) provides an account of his third expedition, the Canadian Arctic Expedition (1913-18). In an epic similar to the ‘Endurance’ their ship ‘Karluk’ was trapped in the Arctic ice in June 1913. After five months of drifting, the ship succumbed to the pressure of the ice leaving her[read more]

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