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NANSEN, Fridtjof.

In Northern Mists.

Arctic Exploration in Early Times. Translated by Arthur G. Chater.

London: William Heinemann, 1911 Stock Code: 119191
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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 book owes its existence to a rash promise made some years ago to my friend the geographer Dr. J. Scott Keltie". It is an historical survey of the opening of the Arctic from classical antiquity to Cabot and the Portuguese discoveries in the north-west, and includes an account of the Viking discovery of America.

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2 volumes, large octavo. Original blue vertical-ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, front boards with concentric blind panels enclosing gilt titles and semi-circular gilt design of low sun over sea and mountains with approaching Viking longship. With the dust jackets.


Tipped-in coloured frontispieces (with tissue-guards), numerous wood-engraved illustrations and maps in the text; title pages printed in blue & black.


Trivial rubbing to extremities, lower outer corner of vol. 1 rear board slightly bumped, mild spotting to edges, endleaves and prelims, customary strips of browning to free endpapers, small abrasions to rear pastedowns probably from a bookseller's ticket, a few isolated sprays of foxing to the text, these flaws minor: a superb copy in the remarkably fresh dust jackets, with just a hint of rubbing to the heads of the spines, shallow chips to corners, and vol. 1 with a short closed tear to the head of the front joint.


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