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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 with an appendix by Otto Sverdrup captain of the Fram. About one hundred and twenty full page and text illustrations and coloured plate in facsimile from Dr. Nansen's own sketches.

London: George Newnes, Ltd, 1898 Stock Code: 142160
£850.00
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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 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. It was originally published in both the UK and Norway in the previous year.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth over bevelled boards, titles to spines gilt, decorative details to spine in gilt and silver, front covers elaborately blocked in gilt, silver, and red.

Illustrations

Frontispiece to each volume and 100 full-page plates, numerous smaller illustrations within the text, colour folding map at rear of volume I.

Condition

Slight rubbing to board edges, a couple of shallow scratches to cloth, decoration bright and crisp, browning to endpapers, light foxing and a couple of small tears to folding map; a very good and attractive copy.

Bibliography

Printing and the Mind of Man 384 (for the Norwegian edition).

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