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NANSEN, Fridtjof.

Rare books by Fridtjof Nansen, including first editions and signed first editions.

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  1. Macmillan's Colonial Library. Fridtjof Nansen's Farthest North.

    Macmillan's Colonial Library. Fridtjof Nansen's Farthest North.

    Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the ship Fram, 1893-96, and of a Fifteen Months’ Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen. With an Appendix by Otto Sverdrup, Captain of the Fram.
    First colonial edition, uncommon, originally published in the same year by Constable. "Nansen returned [from the Arctic] to international acclaim not only for the voyage itself but for its results, proof of a deep Arctic Ocean, free of any land masses or islands, and extensive data on magnetism, zoology, and oceanography. His account of the journey, Farthest North, was a worldwide bestseller" (Grolier Club). Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103300

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    [Farthest North:] Fram over Pølhavet:

    den norske polarfærd 1893–1896. Med et tillæg af Otto Sverdrup.
    First edition of the "Narrative of the First Fram Expedition, 1893-1896, led by Nansen, with the object of investigating the polar basin north of Eurasia by drifting in the ice with the currents northwest from the New Siberian Islands across or near the Pole" (Arctic Bibliography). Described by PMM as "A remarkable achievement in Polar exploration," Fram over Polhavet is beautifully illustrated from photographs and from Nansen's own sketches, for which he "claims no artistic merit," but which are nonetheless highly atmospheric and effective. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Christiana [Oslo]

    Stock Code: 114426

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  3. Farthest North.

    Farthest North.

    Being the record of a voyage of exploration of the ship Fram 1893–96 and of a fifteen months’ sleigh journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen. With an appendix by Otto Sverdrup, captain of the Fram.
    First edition, preceding the first Norwegian edition of the same year, of the official account of the first Fram expedition, "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM), undertaken "with the object of investigating the polar basin north of Eurasia by drifting in the ice with the currents northwest from the New Siberian Islands across or near the Pole" (Arctic Bibliography). Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Westminster

    Stock Code: 115328

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  4. Farthest North.

    Farthest North.

    Being the record of a voyage of exploration of the ship “Fram” 1893–96 and of a fifteen months’ sleigh journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen.
    First US edition of the official account of the first Fram expedition, "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM), undertaken "with the object of investigating the polar basin north of Eurasia by drifting in the ice with the currents northwest from the New Siberian Islands across or near the Pole" (Arctic Bibliography). "Nansen returned to international acclaim not only for the voyage itself but for its results, proof of a deep Arctic Ocean, free of any land masses or islands, and extensive data on magnetism, zoology, and oceanography. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115330

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  5. In Northern Mists:
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    In Northern Mists:

    Arctic Exploration in Early Times. Translated by Arthur G. Chater.
    First edition in English of this historical survey. Volume I inscribed by the Canadian Polar explorer and anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962) to British glaciologist and polar scientist Charles Swithinbank (1926-2014): "This great work -- the great Nansen's greatest book -- is a wedding gift to the Swithinbanks, handed to Mary on her first visit home to us since their marriage and to be delivered to Charles at the end of his first long absence, some time the spring 1961, as a loving gesture from his devoted friends. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101104

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Armenia and the Near East.
    signed

    Armenia and the Near East.

    First edition in English, originally published in Norwegian in the previous year. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Philip Noël Baker with hearty thanks for all his untiring help from his grateful friend Fridtjof Nansen, London, 27th April 1928." Relates to Nansen's last, and perhaps most problematic humanitarian effort on behalf of the League of Nations, the attempt to save the refugee remnant of the Armenian people, and the establishment of a homeland for them within Soviet Armenia. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1928

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    Stock Code: 65552

    Signed: Yes

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