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Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic: The Flight to the South Pole: Byrd, Richard
signedByrd, Richard Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic: The Flight to the South Pole
1930 Putnam's NY & London Author's Autograph Edition, ltd ed #909/1000, 8vo, pp.xvi, 436, frontis, 69 bw photos, 4 maps (2 fldg), appendix, uncut, vellum spine, blue paper-covered boards; signed R. E. Byrd & G. P. Putnam's Sons, vellum darkened, top 1½” spine missing affecting title, dampstain on spine and rear, rubbed, pencil name on ffep, vg #9063 $275.00
Account of Byrd's first Antarctic expedition from 1928-1930, including the first flight over the South Pole. This limited edition is printed on rag paper and is signed by both Byrd and Putnam's. Spence 227.[read more]

The Moth and The Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest: Caesar, Ed
Caesar, Ed The Moth and The Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest
2020 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xxiv, 261, 8 bw photos, 4 maps, black cloth; dj & cloth new #27847 $27.95
In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Mount Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceives his own crazy, beautiful plan: he will fly a plane from England to Everest, crash-land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to[read more]

By Airship to the North Pole: An Archaeology of Human Exploration: Capelotti, P. J.
Capelotti, P. J. By Airship to the North Pole: An Archaeology of Human Exploration
1999 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xix, 209, photo frontis, 31 bw illus, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #17702 $25.00
An original examination of the first two attempts to reach the North Pole by airship chronicling the attempts by Andree in 1897 and Wellman from 1907 to 1909. Thoroughly researched with notes and bibliography.[read more]

Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer: Capelotti, P. J.
Capelotti, P. J. Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer
2013 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.xxix, 269, 18 bw photos, 20 bw illus, 2 sketches, 11 maps, appendices, wraps; new #26569 $41.95
Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic but published no account of his pioneering explorations. He refused public accolades and sent stand-ins to deliver the results of his work to scientific societies. Yet, the Royal Geographic Society's Sir Clements R. Markham re[read more]

The Greatest Show in the Arctic: The American Exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898-1905: Capelotti, P. J.
Capelotti, P. J. The Greatest Show in the Arctic: The American Exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898-1905
2016 US 1st, thick 8vo, pp.xxi, 624, map frontis, 30 bw photos, 3 illus, 9 maps, dark blue/light blue cloth; dj & cloth new #27101 $34.95
In Gilded Age America, Arctic explorers were fabulous celebrities — assured of riches and near-immortality so long as they reached the North Pole first. Of the many attempts to meet that goal, three American expeditions, launched from the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land, ended in abject fail[read more]

Ordinary Women: An Arctic Adventure: Carter, Sue
Carter, Sue Ordinary Women: An Arctic Adventure
2005 US 1st, 8vo, pp.viii, 202, 19 color photos, blue cloth; dj & cloth new. #24146 $29.95
The chronicle of the first all-women ski expedition from Russia to the North Pole in 2001. Carter, the expedition’s organizer, describes the eight-year process of team selection, physical training, and the logistics of managing food, clothing, and shelter, along with problems with group leadership,[read more]

50 Years of Alpinism: Cassin, Riccardo
signedCassin, Riccardo 50 Years of Alpinism
1981 Diadem London 1st, 8vo, pp.207, 90 bw photos, 6 maps/diagrams, green cloth; signed, dj clipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #25864 $495.00
Autobiography of one of Italy's finest mountaineers. Cassin is synonymous with some of the most important ascents in mountaineering. He made many first ascents in the 1930's, led the team on which Bonatti made the first ascent of Gasherbrum IV (1957), led the first ascent of McKinley's Cassin Ridge [read more]

50 Years of Alpinism: Cassin, Riccardo
signedCassin, Riccardo 50 Years of Alpinism
1991 Mountaineers Seattle 1st, 8vo, pp.207, 90 bw photos, 6 maps/diagrams, green cloth; signed, dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #9576 $495.00
Autobiography of one of Italy's finest mountaineers. Cassin is synonymous with some of the most important ascents in mountaineering. He made many first ascents in the 1930's, led the team on which Bonatti made the first ascent of Gasherbrum IV (1957), led the first ascent of McKinley's Cassin Ridge [read more]

Erster am Seil [First on the Rope]: Cassin, Riccardo
Cassin, Riccardo Erster am Seil [First on the Rope]
2003 Germany 1st, 8vo, pp.367, photo frontis, 20 color & 92 bw photos, page-ribbon, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #23658 $47.95
A richly-illustrated autobiography of one of Italy's, and the world’s, finest mountaineers. Cassin is synonymous with some of the most important ascents in mountaineering. He made many first ascents in the 1930's, led the team on which Bonatti made the first ascent of Gasherbrum IV (1957), led the f[read more]

La Sud del McKinley: Cassin, Riccardo
Cassin, Riccardo La Sud del McKinley
2000 Italy 1st thus, 8vo, pp.126, 37 bw photos, map, wraps; new #22187 $29.00
A most important work in the history of McKinley. Cassin’s 1961 ascent of the now-named Cassin Ridge was a major accomplishment on a new route. First published in 1965 this includes an introduction by Brad Washburn and a chronology. In Italian, no English translation.[read more]

Sketching Rambles; or, Nature in the Alps and Apennines: Catlow, Agnes & Maria
Catlow, Agnes & Maria Sketching Rambles; or, Nature in the Alps and Apennines
[1861] James Hogg & Sons London 1st, 8vo, 2 vol, vol I pp.xiii, 374, 2 pgs ads, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 8 tinted & 1 bw lithographs w/ tissue guards, vol II pp.ix, 368, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 9 tinted lithographs w/ tissue guards, gilt & blind-stamped red cloth; cloth rubbed, pulled top of spines, vol II w/ stain mark to lower front corner & hinges starting, good+ set #26521 $295.00 $219.00
The Catlow sisters were natural historians who wrote a number of books. Here they describe their travels in Switzerland and Northern Italy. Included are observations on flora, fauna, geography, topography, and anecdotes of their travels. This is from the Ladd Collection although it does not bear [read more]

Antarctic’s Voyage to the Southern Ocean or The Norewgians’ Landing on South Victoria Land: Chaplin, Paul, trans.
signedChaplin, Paul, trans. Antarctic’s Voyage to the Southern Ocean or The Norewgians’ Landing on South Victoria Land
2022 NZ 1st English trans, Ltd ed 150, 8vo, pp.236, 8 bw photo, 15 illus, 7 bw (3 fldg) maps, wrap; signed, new #27892 $59.95
This is the first English translation of Leonard Kristensen’s very rare ‘Antarctic’s Reise til Sydishavet’, published in 1895. Kristensen was the captain of the Norwegian sealer ‘Antarctic’ which was organized by H. J. Bull to investigate whaling opportunities in the Ross Sea (1894-95). They claimed[read more]

The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913: Cherry-Garrard, Apsley
Cherry-Garrard, Apsley The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
1922 Constable London See full details below; custom folding boxes w/ pull tabs for each vol, slipcase, boards w/ perfect spine labels & sharp corners, vol 1 w/ faint remnant of former label on front ep, spare spine labels not present, tight, panoramas w/ no tears, maps w/ orig folds/no tears, fine #26619 $6,750.00
The Finest Polar Book Ever Written 1st, 2 vol, 8vo, vol I pp.lxiv, 300, 4, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 2 bw fldg panorama plates, 3 color illus, 19 bw photos, 15 illus (1 fldg), 4 maps (3 fldg), appendix, vol II pp.viii, 301-585, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 8 bw fldg panorama plates, 1 colo[read more]

The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913: Cherry-Garrard, Apsley
Cherry-Garrard, Apsley The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
[1923] Doran NY 1st, 2 vol, 8vo, vol I pp.lxiv, 300, 4, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 3 color illus, 19 bw photos, 15 illus (1 fldg), 4 maps (3 fldg), appendix, vol II pp.viii, 301-585, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 1 color illus, 14 bw photos, 8 illus, 1 fldg map,; paper spine labels, tan linen spines, blue-gray papered boards; boards w/ very little wear, no chips to labels but darkened, vol I bottom spine w/ stain mark, name Oct 1923 each ffep, vol I front hinge starting, light foxing, maps w/ no tears, very good #25645 $1,895.00
The Finest Polar Book Ever Written Long regarded as ‘the’ classic work of Antarctic literature, Cherry-Garrard was the youngest member of Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 and the assistant zoologist. In addition to using his own material, he had access to the diaries of Wilson, Bower[read more]

Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya: Child, Greg
Child, Greg Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya
1988 Patrick Stephens Northamptonshire 1st, 8vo, pp.192, 36 color & 19 bw photos, map, appendices, blue cloth; dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #16257 $29.00
Child's first book recounts his climbs on Shivling, Lobsang Spire, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum IV. This UK edition preceded the US edition by two years.[read more]

Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya: Child, Greg
signedChild, Greg Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya
1988 Patrick Stephens Northamptonshire 1st, 8vo, pp.192, 36 color & 19 bw photos, map, appendices, blue cloth; signed, dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #25842 $89.00
Child's first book recounts his climbs on Shivling, Lobsang Spire, Broad Peak, & Gasherbrum IV. This UK edition preceded the US edition by two years.[read more]

Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya: Child, Greg
signedChild, Greg Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya
1990 Peregrine Smith Salt Lake City 1st, 8vo, pp.192, 36 color & 19 bw photos, map, appendices, red cloth; signed, dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #9581 $55.00
Child's first book recounts his climbs on Shivling, Lobsang Spire, Broad Peak, & Gasherbrum IV.[read more]

There and Back: Photographs from the Edge: Chin, Jimmy
Chin, Jimmy There and Back: Photographs from the Edge
2021 US 1st, 4to, pp.viii, 309, photo frontis, 205 color & 4 bw photos, map, illus eps, pictorial cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth new #27787 $49.95
Filmmaker, photographer, and world-class mountaineer Jimmy Chin goes where few can follow to capture stunning images in death-defying situations. He draws from his breathtaking portfolio of photographs, captured over twenty years during cutting-edge expeditions on all seven continents—from skiing Mo[read more]

The Quest Chronicle: The Story of the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition: Chojecki, Jan
signedChojecki, Jan The Quest Chronicle: The Story of the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition
2022 UK Ltd Signed ed n/500, 8vo, pp.408, 108 bw photos, 1 bw illus, 5 bw maps, appendices, pictorial cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #27807 $77.95
In 1921, a converted Norwegian sealer, Quest, carried the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton on what turned out to be his last expedition. How did this scheme come to be almost completely financed by John Quiller Rowett, the author’s grandfather, whose rum had supplied the Forces during WW1? W[read more]

De Smukke Bjerge: Gasherbrum Gruppen i Pakistan [The Beautiful Mountains: Gasherbrum Group in Pakistan]: Christensen, Bo Belvedere
signedChristensen, Bo Belvedere De Smukke Bjerge: Gasherbrum Gruppen i Pakistan [The Beautiful Mountains: Gasherbrum Group in Pakistan]
2010 Denmark 1st, 8vo, pp.128, 37 color & 1 bw photos, 2 color & 5 bw maps, appendices, wraps; signed, new #27011 $39.95
Danish mountaineer Christensen has climbed for more than 30 years, the last 20 of these mostly in the Himalaya – Ama Dablam (1988), Dhaulagiri (1991), Broad Peak (1994), Everest (1996, 2000, 2013), Gasherbrum I (1998), Pandra & Danga (2002), Baruntse (2008), Lhakpa Ri (2009), Mustagh Ata (2010), and[read more]

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