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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. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition,
    WILKES, Charles. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition,

    Philadelphia : 1845

    Third edition overall. In smaller format than the imperial octavo edition of the same year, this edition was reprinted from stereos of that edition but without the plates or accompanying atlas and with 47 wood-engravings substituted for the steel vignettes. The text is complete, with no abridgement; the edition was 3,000 copies. Wilkes's expedition... Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 30128

  2. 146860
    PURCHAS, Samuel. Purchas his Pilgrimes.

    London : 1625-6

    First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith.

    The Pilgrimes was conceived as a continuation... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 146860

  3. "Farthest North"
    NANSEN, Fridtjof. "Farthest North"

    1897

    First edition, preceding the first Norwegian edition of the same year. Nansen's expedition was "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (Printing and the Mind of Man), 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... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143203

  4. Die Eroberung des Südpols.
    AMUNDSEN, Roald. Die Eroberung des Südpols.

    Munich : 1912

    First edition in German, published in the same year as the Norwegian and English editions, a really superior copy in the highly attractive original cloth bindings and decidedly uncommon dust jackets. "Amundsen's modest account of his extraordinary South Pole exploit is a classic of exploration literature" (Rosove).

    "An account of Amundsen's legendary... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 144380

  5. Farthest North.
    NANSEN, Fridtjof. Farthest North.

    London : 1898

    Second UK edition, issued the year after the first. This edition is the first to be bound in the distinctive, elaborately decorated, cloth, here found in notably bright condition. This is the official account of the first Fram expedition of 1893-1896, "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM).

    The expedition was undertaken "with the... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 146749

  6. Farthest North.
    NANSEN, Fridtjof. Farthest North.

    London : 1898

    Second UK edition, issued the year after the first. This edition is the first to be bound in the distinctive, elaborately decorated, cloth, here found in notably bright condition. This is the official account of the first Fram expedition of 1893-1896, "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM).

    The expedition was undertaken "with the... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 142160

  7. Farthest North.
    NANSEN, Fridtjof. Farthest North.

    London : 1898

    Second UK edition, issued the year after the first. This edition is the first to be bound in the distinctive, elaborately decorated, cloth, here found in notably bright condition. This is the official account of the first Fram expedition of 1893-1896, "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM).

    The expedition was undertaken "with the... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 144275

  8. South.
    SHACKLETON, Ernest H. South.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression. "The failure of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition to even reach the Antarctic continent, much less to cross it via the South Pole, has become the great polar success story of the twentieth century" (Books on Ice). Shackleton embarked in 1914 on the Endurance to make the first traverse of the Antarctic... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 135060

  9. A Voyage to the South Sea,
    BLIGH, William. A Voyage to the South Sea,

    London : 1792

    First edition of Bligh's own full account of his voyage which led to the most famous mutiny in the history of the sea. "An extremely important book" (Hill).

    In mid-1787 Bligh received the command of the Bounty, then being fitted to transport breadfruit and other plants from the South Seas to the West Indies, part of an elaborate scheme to establish... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 143020

  10. Antarctic Adventure. Scott's Northern Party.
    PRIESTLEY, Raymond E. Antarctic Adventure. Scott's Northern Party.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression, rarely encountered in collectable condition, as here: a large part of the print-run was destroyed in a warehouse fire. This copy has a pleasing association, from the library of adventurer Steve Fossett (1944-2007), with his bookplate to the front pastedown.

    Priestley served with Shackleton on his 1907-09 expedition,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142363

  11. From Pole to Pole.
    HEDIN, Sven. From Pole to Pole.

    London : 1912

    First edition in English, first impression, in a handsome calf binding. Originally published in Swedish in 1911. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140643

  12. Children's board game.
    AKASHI, Akako (illus.) Children's board game.

    Tokyo : Meiji 44 [1911]

    First edition of this children's board game ("sugoroku") rarely found complete with the counters intact, as here, which would usually have been cut out in order to play the game. This game was inspired by the first Japanese Antarctic expedition of 1910, led by explorer Shirase Nobu. Japanese children were besotted with the idea of the expedition and... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137805

  13. Scott memorial portrait.
    SCOTT, Robert Falcon. Scott memorial portrait.

    London : 1913

    Following the announcement of the death of Scott, the photographers Maull & Fox issued an advertising leaflet; "Messrs. Maull & Fox being the proprietors of the copyright in the only photographs of the Late Captain Robert Falcon Scott, R.N., C.V.O. taken in his full dress uniform, wearing his decorations: have prepared from his favourite likeness a... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 100747

  14. Mid-Ice: The Story of the Wegener Expedition to Greenland.
    GEORGI, Johannes. Mid-Ice: The Story of the Wegener Expedition to Greenland.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Georgi (1888-1972) was a German meteorologist, glaciologist and polar explorer. He accompanied the 1929-30 expedition to Greenland headed by fellow German meteorologist Alfred Lothar Wegener where he carried out the first extensive meteorological measurements on the Greenland ice sheet and was the first European to observe... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 134590

  15. The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions.
    BULL, H. J. The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions.

    London : 1896

    First edition, first impression, preceding the Norwegian edition. Henrik Johan Bull's Antarctic expedition was the first to reach the Antarctic continent. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 128895

  16. Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.
    KANE, Elisha Kent. Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.

    Philadelphia : 1856

    First edition. "In a brief life of thirty-six years, mostly in ill health, Elisha Kent participated in two Arctic expeditions and by the time of his death in 1857 was regarded as a true American hero and one of the nation's most popular authors Little went right in the second expedition but there were many notable achievements The discoveries of... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 128896

  17. Scott memorial portrait.
    SCOTT, Robert Falcon. Scott memorial portrait.

    London : 1913

    Following the announcement of the death of Scott, the photographers Maull & Fox issued an advertising leaflet; "Messrs. Maull & Fox being the proprietors of the copyright in the only photographs of the Late Captain Robert Falcon Scott, R.N., C.V.O. taken in his full dress uniform, wearing his decorations: have prepared from his favourite likeness a... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 127826

  18. In Northern Mists.
    NANSEN, Fridtjof. In Northern Mists.

    London : 1911

    First edition in English, published the same year as the Norwegian original, rare in the dust jackets, and a very handsome copy in the superior gilt-stamped variant binding; In Northern Mists is also encountered with the front boards lettered and panelled solely in black. Nansen wrote the book at the request of the Royal Geographical Society: "this... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 119191

  19. On Snow-Shoes to the Barren Grounds.
    WHITNEY, Caspar. On Snow-Shoes to the Barren Grounds.

    New York : 1896

    First edition. Whitney, editor of Harper's Weekly and fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, travelled widely from a young age, spending five years exploring Mexico on horseback after graduating in 1879. The trip documented here, "a strenuous journey past Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Circle", was undertaken as a holiday (DAB). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 117513

  20. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
    PHILLIPS, Sir Richard. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    London : 1820-1

    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... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 112632

  21. Under the Northern Lights.
    MACGAHAN, Januarius Aloysius. Under the Northern Lights.

    London : 1876

    First edition. Uncommon, with just 10 locations on Library Hub. 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... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 109127

  22. Antarctic Expedition - Scott Memorial Plaque
    SCOTT, Robert Falcon. Antarctic Expedition - Scott Memorial Plaque

    [c.1913]

    Attractive commemorative souvenir, Scott's widow herself received a silver version of the piece. The Polar scenes are based on photographs by Bowers and Ponting that appeared in issues of the Daily Mirror - the newspaper had exclusive rights to all expedition photographs - for either 12 February, the day on which Scott's death was announced, or the... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 100744

  23. Three Years of Arctic Service
    GREELY, Adolphus. Three Years of Arctic Service

    London : 1886

    First edition of Greeley's account of the expedition he led into the Canadian Arctic, attractively bound. Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 99175

  24. With the 'Aurora' in the Antarctic 1911-1914.
    DAVIS, John King. With the 'Aurora' in the Antarctic 1911-1914.

    London : 1919

    First edition. An uncommon book, particularly so in the jacket. "As captain of the Aurora during Mawson's 1911-14 expedition, Davis was able to produce one of the few first-hand accounts available in print. His publishers, however, clearly had wartime difficulties with the book, most often seen today with its gilt lettering and decoration badly faded"... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 88744

  25. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
    MAGNUS, Olaus. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.

    Venice : 1565

    First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs, warfare, trades and occupations,... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 87741

  26. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
    COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

    London : 1785

    Second edition of Cook's fatal third voyage, an attempt to find a north-west passage, during which he "discovered" Oahu and Kauai at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands, and, more importantly, "depicted accurately for the first time the north-west coast of America, leaving no major discoveries for his successors. In addition the scientific discoveries... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 75595

  27. Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition
    BACK, George. Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition

    1836

    First edition. Back had previously gained considerable experience as an arctic explorer through his participation in the abortive Buchan expedition and Franklin's two overland expeditions. Back was "one of the first competent artists to penetrate into the Canadian Arctic"; the many water-colours and drawings which he produced and which enhance his narratives... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 40110

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