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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.

London, Archibald Constable and Company, 1897 Stock Code: 143203
£500.00
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"A remarkable achievement of polar exploration"

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 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, the official account of the first Fram expedition, 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

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Original blue-green vertical-ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, titles and pictorial block of the Fram gilt to front covers, top and fore edges untrimmed.

Illustrations

Etched frontispiece to volume 1, photogravure frontispiece to volume 2, 127 plates of which 16 in colour, 92 illustrations to the text, 4 folding colour maps; title pages printed in red and black.

Condition

Neat embossed bookseller's stamp of W. Lewis, Cardiff, to front free endpapers; pencilled ownership inscription to rear pastedown in each of one A. T. Evans and letter (dated 16 February 1897) presenting the set as a token of regard. Spines just a little dulled, partial vertical crease to that of vol. II, bindings a little rubbed at extremities, inner joints cracked but sound, customary scattered foxing. A very good set.

Bibliography

Arctic Bibliography 11983; Books on Ice 5.2; Howgego III N3; PMM 384.

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