Belgicaekspedisjonen 1897-1899: Den Første Overvintring i Antarktis [The Belgian Expedition 1897-1899: The First Wintering in Antarctica]: Amundsen, Roald
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Belgicaekspedisjonen 1897-1899: Den Første Overvintring i Antarktis [The Belgian Expedition 1897-1899: The First Wintering in Antarctica]

Author(s): Amundsen, Roald

Copyright: 2009, Norway
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.253, 84 bw photos, 3 color & 47 bw illus, plan, illus eps, wraps
Condition: new

Amundsen’s first foray to the Antarctic was when he served as first mate on Adrian de Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897-99) in the ship “Belgica”. Although previous scientific work was conducted in Antarctic waters this was the first voyage of a scientific vessel to the Antarctic continent. Frederick Cook, later of Arctic notoriety, was the expedition surgeon and was highly praised by Amundsen for holding the crew together while the “Belgica”, trapped in the ice, drifted for 13 months thus becoming the first to endure the Antarctic winter. They suffered a number of hardships from mental breakdowns to illness and communication.

Cook’s account of the expedition, ‘Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-1899’, was published in 1900, Gerlache’s account, ‘Voyage de la “Belgica”’, in 1902, and Georges Lecointe’s, second in command, account, ‘Expédition Antarctique Belge’, in 1904. Amundsen’s diary was written for personal use and not published until it was translated into English by Hugo Decleir as ‘Roald Amundsen’s Belgica Diary’ in 1999. With a much larger complement of photos and illustrations this makes a nice companion to the Decleir book. In Norwegian.





















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