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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to travel and exploration in the polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctica.

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  1. 116656

    The Heart of the Antarctic.

    Being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907–1909. With an Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill, D.Sc. An Account of the First Journey to the South Magnetic Pole by Professor T. W. Edgeworth David, F.R.S.
    First US edition, first printing; a superior copy: the attractive original cloth bindings very bright. Shackleton's account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907–9 (Nimrod) was reviewed on publication by the Manchester Guardian as "the best book of Polar travel which has ever been written". The sledge expedition "to the south magnetic pole was one of the three foremost achievements of this expedition. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 116656

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  2. 116160

    The Voyage of the "Discovery".

    First edition, first impression, "uncommon" US issue (Rosove), of Scott's official narrative of his first Antarctic expedition, published simultaneously with the UK issue. The 1901-4 voyage of the Discovery was the first scientific expedition to pass two consecutive winters at a high latitude in Antarctica, and made the first extensive land journeys into the interior of the continent; a farthest south of 82°17' was achieved on 30 December 1902. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: New York and London

    Stock Code: 116160

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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.
    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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  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. 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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    [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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  6. Journal of H.M.S. Enterprise,

    Journal of H.M.S. Enterprise,

    on the expedition in search of Sir John Franklin’s ships by Behring Strait. 1850-55. Edited by his brother, Major-General T. B. Collinson (Royal Engineers).
    First edition of one of the most important works in the literature of the Arctic; this copy in a variant binding that differs from that in dark blue cloth having the front cover gilt-blocked with a lookout in a crow's nest rather than crossed banners lettered "Enterprise for Franklin" (ours matching the Brooke-Hitching copy). "In 1849 Collinson was appointed to command an expedition for the relief of Sir John Franklin, by way of the Bering Strait; he himself had command of the Enterprise, and with him was Commander Robert Le Mesurier McClure in the Investigator. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114286

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  7. The Discovery of the North-West Passage by H.M.S. "Investigator," Capt. R. M'Clure, 1850, 1851, 1853, 1854.

    The Discovery of the North-West Passage by H.M.S. "Investigator," Capt. R. M'Clure, 1850, 1851, 1853, 1854.

    Edited... from the logs and journals of Capt. Robert Le M. M’Clure. Illustrated by Commander S. Gurney Cresswell, R.N.
    First edition of a key work in the history of North-West Passage exploration.. "The HMS Investigator expedition is credited with the first traversal of the North-West Passage, even though it was intended as a rescue voyage seeking Franklin survivors, and (by explicit orders) not of geographical discovery. Its men were the first to travel all the way through the passage. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1856

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114282

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  8. Nearest the Pole.
    signed

    Nearest the Pole.

    A Narrative of the Polar Expedition of the Peary Arctic Club in the S. S. Roosevelt, 1905-1906.
    First edition, inscribed by Peary on the title page "yours sincerely, R. E. Peary, U.S.N." Also includes, tipped in to front free endpaper, a typed letter signed (dated 14 May 1907) by Peary, and another signed clipping from a typed letter, both addressed to the owner of this book, W. D. Vincent (his illustrated bookplate to front pastedown). William D. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113819

    Signed: Yes

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  9. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis Albert Necker de Saussure's Voyage en Ecosse et aux Iles Hébrides (1821). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1820

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112632

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  10. The Worst Journey in The World:

    The Worst Journey in The World:

    Antarctic 1910–1913.
    First edition, in Cherry-Garrard's preferred "Polar" binding of cloth-backed boards. "Cherry-Garrard seems an unlikely hero of Antarctic exploration, but he has achieved that status largely through this book… a young but wealthy patrician, near-sighted and frail, he paid his way onto the crew as an assistant zoologist, but performed splendidly in many harrowing situations" (Books on Ice). Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111855

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  11. Shackleton's Last Voyage.

    Shackleton's Last Voyage.

    The Story of the Quest. From the Official Journal and Private Diary kept by Dr. A. H. Macklin
    First edition. Wild had been with Scott on the Discovery, was with Mawson in 1911-14, "and was a close friend of Shackleton on both the Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17 … Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23 but the explorer's death sapped Wild's desire to continue" (Howgego). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111252

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  12. 111035detail

    Polar Collection.

    A remarkable collection of more than 50 books on polar, South American, and Australasian exploration, including rare high-spots of 18th-century Pacific and Antarctic exploration, a choice selection of Victorian attempts at the North-West Passage, and several rare narratives from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration, many with superb associations, and several of utmost scarcity in commerce. Learn More

    £175,000

    Date of Publication:

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    Stock Code: 111035

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  13. Under the Northern Lights.

    Under the Northern Lights.

    With Illustrations by G.R. de Wilde.
    First edition. Uncommon, with just 10 locations on Copac. An account of the voyage made by Sir Allen William Young "with the object of assisting the government Arctic expedition which set out in May 1875 under the command of George Strong Nares. Young took his steam yacht Pandora, with a crew of thirty-one men, to Baffin Bay. He tried to make the north-west passage, but was stopped by heavy ice in Peel Strait. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109127

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  14. Alone.
    signed

    Alone.

    First edition, signed limited issue, of Byrd's autobiography; number 122 of 225 copies signed by the author on the limitation page and printed on rag paper. Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1912. "In 1919 he took charge of the navigational aspects of the navy's first transatlantic flight … In 1925 he commanded the naval unit of the D. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 106610

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Land of Feast and Famine.

    Land of Feast and Famine.

    First UK edition, originally published in Norwegian as Pelsjegerliv two years previously. The publisher's retained copy with their ink-stamp to the front pastedown. Ingstad sold his successful legal practice in 1926 and travelled to Canada, spending three years as a trapper in the Northwest Territories. On his return in 1960 he would unearth proof that the Vikings had reached the New World 500 years before Columbus. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106550

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  16. Chasms of Silence.
    signed

    Chasms of Silence.

    A Photographic Journey in the High Arctic.
    First edition, limited to 1250 copies only, this copy numbered 458 and additionally signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1999

    Published: Calgary

    Stock Code: 104832

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Shackleton's Last Voyage.

    Shackleton's Last Voyage.

    The Story of the Quest. From the Official Journal and Private Diary kept by Dr. A. H. Macklin
    First edition. Wild had been with Scott on the Discovery, was with Mawson in 1911-14, "and was a close friend of Shackleton on both the Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23 but the explorer's death sapped Wild's desire to continue" (Howgego). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103756

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  18. The Heart of the Antarctic

    The Heart of the Antarctic

    Being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907–1909. With an Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill, D.Sc. An Account of the First Journey to the South Magnetic Pole by Professor T. W. Edgeworth David, F.R.S.
    First edition. Shackleton's account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-9 (Nimrod), reviewed on publication by the Manchester Guardian as "the best book of Polar travel which has ever been written". The sledge expedition "to the south magnetic pole was one of the three foremost achievements of this expedition. The other two achievements were, first, the ascent and survey of Mount Erebus (12,448 feet), the active volcano on Ross Island and, second, the southern sledge journey, which reached within 100 miles of the south pole" (ODNB). Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103739

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  19. Through the First Antarctic Night 1898

    Through the First Antarctic Night 1898

    A Narrative of the Voyage of the "Belgica" among Newly Discovered Lands and over an Unknown Sea about the South Pole.
    First edition. Cook had previously travelled as surgeon and anthropologist on Peary's second expedition to Greenland - and had fallen out with the leader over his treatment of the Inuit and his subordinates - when he joined the Belgian Antarctic Expedition in a similar capacity. When the expedition became trapped in the ice after crossing the Antarctic Circle, "Cook soon proved the most invaluable of the scientists, devising an antiscorbutic diet and observing some of the curious physical and mental effects caused by the absence of sunlight. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103716

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  20. 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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