“Antarctic” Zwei Jahre in Schnee und Eis am Südpol [“Antarctic” Two Years in Snow and Ice at the South Pole]: Nordenskjöld, Dr. Otto, J. Gunnar Andersson, C. A. Larsen, & C. Skottsberg
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“Antarctic” Zwei Jahre in Schnee und Eis am Südpol [“Antarctic” Two Years in Snow and Ice at the South Pole]

Author(s): Nordenskjöld, Dr. Otto, J. Gunnar Andersson, C. A. Larsen, & C. Skottsberg

Copyright: 1904, Dietrich Reimer, Berlin
Specifications: 1st German ed, 8vo, 2 vol, vol I pp.xxii, 373, frontis, 1 photo plate, 132 bw photos, 6 illus, plan, 3 maps, vol II pp.v, 411, photo frontis, 1 photo plate, 106 bw photos, 16 illus, 2 plans, 7 maps (4 color, 2 fldg in back), dec green cloth
Condition: xlib, in custom oatmeal-cloth solander box w/ red leather spine label, fine, cloth rubbed/spines darkened, vol I frontis loose, ‘Cancelled’ stamp on both title pages, maps w/ orig folds/no tears, very good

Nordenskjöld (1869 – 1928) was a Finnish and Swedish geologist, geographer, and polar explorer. He led the Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1901-04), in the ship ‘Antarctic’, on the opposite side of the continent from Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition. The expedition visited the Falkland Islands before the ship, commanded by Antarctic veteran Carl Larsen, dropped Nordenskjöld's party off on Snow Hill Island off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Nordenskjöld overwintered on the island, while ‘Antarctic’ returned to the Falklands. The following summer Larsen brought her south, intending to retrieve Nordenskjöld’s party, but she became trapped in ice which eventually crushed her hull, forcing Larsen and his crew to overwinter in a hastily constructed shelter on Paulet Island. Larsen and Nordenskjöld finally rendezvoused at their fall-back rescue hut at Hope Bay in late 1903, where they were picked up by the Argentine Navy corvette ‘Uruguay’ which had been dispatched when ‘Antarctic’ had failed to make her appointed return to South America the previous year. Despite its end and the great hardships endured, the expedition was considered a scientific success, with the parties having explored much of the eastern coast of Graham Land, including Cape Longing, James Ross Island, the Joinville Island group, and the Palmer Archipelago. The expedition, which also recovered valuable geological samples and samples of marine animals, earned Nordenskjöld lasting fame at home, but its huge cost left him greatly in debt.

This two-volume German edition of Nordenskjöld’s ‘Antarctica’ has a lovely cover illustration of the ‘Antarctic’ sinking and more material than in the 1977 English translation. Scarce.

See Conrad pg.103, Renard 1150, Rosove pg.281, Taurus 32. In German.


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