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NANSEN, Fridtjof.

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.

Published: London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1897

Stock code: 103300

Price: £275

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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).

2 volumes, octavo (189 x 119 mm). Contemporary olive-green half morocco, gilt lettered spines, marbled sides, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Bookplates of Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921), carpet manufacturer, who assembled a fine library at Franche Hall, Kidderminster (sadly demolished three years after his death); a few light scuffs to binding but a handsomely bound set.

Bibliography: Arctic Bibliography 11983; Grolier Club, Books on Ice, 5.2; Howgego, III, N3; Printing and the Mind of Man 384; Speake II pp. 839-41.

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