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NANSEN, Fridtjof.

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.

New York, Harper & Brothers, 1897 Stock Code: 139571

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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. His account of the journey, Farthest North, was a worldwide bestseller and prepared him for an effective life of diplomacy" (Books on Ice). Farthest North 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. Like many of the polar books from the Heroic Age, this is a superbly produced work. The work was first published in the United Kingdom earlier the same year.

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2 volumes, octavo (234 x 159 mm). Bound by Stikeman & Co. for Charles Scribners Son in mid-20th-century dark blue half morocco, blue cloth sides, titles to spines in gilt, gilt rules to covers, blue endpapers, top edges gilt, original cloth laid onto front pastedown of vol. I.


Etched frontispiece to volume 1, photogravure frontispiece to volume 2, title pages printed in red and black, 24 plates of which 16 in colour, 199 illustrations to the text, many full page, 4 folding colour maps in volume 1 end-pocket.


Touch of rubbing to tips, else a fine set, contents clean and unmarked, handsomely bound.


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