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).
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.Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary