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The Lands of Silence: A History of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration: Markham, Sir Clements
Markham, Sir Clements The Lands of Silence: A History of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration
1921 University Press Cambridge 1st, 8vo, pp.xii, 539, photo frontis w/ tissue guard, 27 bw plates, 20 maps, 13 illus, uncut, gilt-dec blue cloth; cloth rebound maintaining gilt cover decoration, new eps, tight, fine #14757 $95.00
This history of polar exploration from 1553 to 1918 was highly acclaimed upon its original publication in 1921. Includes a chronology and bibliography. Rosove 1203.[read more]

Hellbent For The Pole: An insider’s account of the ‘race to the South Pole’ 1957-58: Martin, Geoffrey Lee
Martin, Geoffrey Lee Hellbent For The Pole: An insider’s account of the ‘race to the South Pole’ 1957-58
2007 NZ 1st, oblong 8vo, pp.160, 114 color & 16 bw photos, 2 maps, wraps; new #24744 $44.95
On 20 January 1958, Sir Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary met at the South Pole amid a blaze of controversy. It had been intended that Fuchs would be the first to reach the Pole – the halfway point of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition’s crossing of the frozen continent — but Hillary and[read more]

South Georgia: The British Empire’s Subantarctic Outpost – A Synopsis of the History of the Island: Matthews, L. Harrison
Matthews, L. Harrison South Georgia: The British Empire’s Subantarctic Outpost – A Synopsis of the History of the Island
1931 John Wright/Simpkin Marshall Bristol, London 1st, 8vo, pp.xii, 163, map frontis, 56 bw photos, 20 figs, purple cloth; cloth spine lightly faded, gift inscription dated 1934 on ½ title, tight, fine #26736 $795.00
Matthews was a member of the scientific staff on the Discovery expedition of 1924-27. This is the standard account of South Georgia’s history, prior to Headland’s ‘Island of South Georgia’. Matthews provides a general description of the island, details of early voyages, the sealers, 19th century voy[read more]

The Adelie Blizzard: Mawson’s Lost Newspaper 1913: Mawson, Douglas
Mawson, Douglas The Adelie Blizzard: Mawson’s Lost Newspaper 1913
2010 Australia Standard Ltd ed 450 copies, folio, pp.xxvi, 216, photo frontis, 5 color/bw plates, 26 bw photos, 3 color illus, 3 drawings, 3 color maps, blindstamped grey cloth w/ gilt lettered black leather title patches on spine; issued w/o dj, boards new #25694 $225.00
This facsimile reproduction of the five issues of the Adelie Blizzard newspaper gives insight into the lives of the members of Douglas Mawsons's Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14). Over 200 pages are reproduced in their original size and colours with additional illustrations and maps. The[read more]

The Home of the Blizzard: Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914: Mawson, Sir Douglas
American Alpine Club LibraryMawson, Sir Douglas The Home of the Blizzard: Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914
[1915] Lippincott Phil 2 vol, thick 8vo, vI pp.xxx, 349, frontis w/ tissue, 9 color & 143 bw plates, 6 fldg pans, 17 maps/illus, errata; vII pp.xiii, 338, frontis w/ tissue, 12 color & 117 bw plates, 7 fldg pans, 20 maps/illus, 3 color fldg maps in pocket; silver dec blue cloth; cloth w/ labels on both vols, DPL, Gabel & AAC/Gabel bookplates, DPL stamp on title, copyright pages & top edge, vI frontis separated, rear hinge cracked, vII hinges cracked, both vols bright, vg, maps fine w/ original folds #9232 $295.00 $212.40
Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, is a classic account of early polar exploration. The expedition explored 1500 miles from George V Land to Queen Mary Land, and had a very rough time! This is a great read and one of the classics of polar literature! Spence 773. DPL (Denver[read more]

Antarctica’s Lost Aviator: The Epic Adventure to Explore the Last Frontier on Earth: Maynard, Jeff
Maynard, Jeff Antarctica’s Lost Aviator: The Epic Adventure to Explore the Last Frontier on Earth
2019 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xvi, 253, 29 bw photos, 3 maps, appendices, gray/white cloth; dj & cloth new #27588 $27.95
By the 1930s, no one had yet crossed Antarctica, and its vast interior remained a mystery frozen in time. Hoping to write his name in the history books, wealthy American Lincoln Ellsworth announced he would fly across the unexplored continent. And to honor his hero, Wyatt Earp, he would carry Earp’s[read more]

Walking with the Wounded: McCrum, Mark
McCrum, Mark Walking with the Wounded
2012 UK rep, 8vo, pp.viii, 307, 35 color photos, map eps, red cloth; dj & cloth new #25962 $35.95
In April 2011, four British soldiers – each a hero of recent conflicts who suffered devastating injuries in the line of duty – set out on a two-hundred mile trek, unsupported, to the North Pole. It was the culmination of a journey that began long before, when two friends decided to mount an expedit[read more]

The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson: McEwin, Emma
McEwin, Emma The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson
2018 Australia 1st, 8vo, pp.xvi, 180, 15 color & 34 bw photos, wraps; new #27533 $35.95
A national hero, Douglas Mawson is famous as an Antarctic explorer who narrowly escaped death on the ice. Many books have been written about him. Artefacts from his expeditions are on public display and Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in the Australian Antarctic Territory have been preserved as a heri[read more]

 Lady Franklin’s Revenge: A True Story of Ambition, Obsession and the Remaking of Arctic History: McGoogan, Ken
McGoogan, Ken Lady Franklin’s Revenge: A True Story of Ambition, Obsession and the Remaking of Arctic History
2006 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.468, 68 bw photos/illus, 5 maps, appendices, illus eps, blue cloth; dj w/ light edge wear, clipped, else fine, cloth w/ 2 wear spots to cover, else fine #26786 $39.95 $12.75
Born into a wealthy London family in late-18th-century England, Jane Griffin enjoyed nothing like the opportunities available to men of her class. Yet she became a world traveller, ranging far off the beaten path of Grand-Tour Europe to explore Russia, Greece, the Holy Land and northern Africa. Sh[read more]

Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane: McGoogan, Ken
McGoogan, Ken Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane
2008 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xii, 381, 41 photos/illus, 2 maps, illus eps, blue/white cloth; dj & cloth new #25242 $28.00
Drawing on manuscripts which have been lost for 150 years, McGoogan tells the story of Kane’s search for Sir John Franklin. Having failed to find Franklin, Kane led his team 1300 miles in 83 days, traveling by sledge and dogsled, then in small open boats.[read more]

Call to the South: A Story of British Whaling in Antarctica: McLaughlin, W. R. D.
McLaughlin, W. R. D. Call to the South: A Story of British Whaling in Antarctica
1962 Harrap London 1st, 8vo, pp.188, 18 bw photos, map, red cloth; dj unclipped, near fine, cloth tight, fine #27634 $12.95
An account of a typical British expedition to Antarctica during the 1960-61 whaling season north of the Weddell Sea. It describes every aspect of modern scientific whaling and tells of the men who serve in whaling ships, whose work is so little known to the rest of the world.[read more]

The Antarctic Diary of Archibald Lang McLean: McLean, Archibald
McLean, Archibald The Antarctic Diary of Archibald Lang McLean
2020 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.vii, 400, 106 bw photos, 2 maps (1 fldg in pocket), gray cloth; dj & cloth new #27710 $65.95
First Publication of McLean’s Antarctic Diary Archibald Lang McLean (1885-1922) was a graduate in Arts and Medicine at Sydney University who in 1911 applied to join Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14) as the expedition’s doctor and bacteriologist. On the expedition he stu[read more]

signedMcNair, Matty L. On Thin Ice: A Woman’s Journey to the North Pole
1999 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.155, 31 color photos, map, appendices, blue cloth; signed, dj & cloth new. #21061 $27.00
In 1997 McNair led the first women’s expedition to the North Pole. This was also the first ‘guided’ expedition to the Pole, using relay teams, and also placed the first Canadian woman at the Pole.[read more]

Shackleton’s Heroes: The Epic Story of the Men Who Kept the Endurance Expedition Alive: McOrist, Wilson
McOrist, Wilson Shackleton’s Heroes: The Epic Story of the Men Who Kept the Endurance Expedition Alive
2015 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.xix, 362, 20 color & 3 bw photos, 6 illus, 4 maps, black cloth; dj & cloth new #26913 $39.99
The figure of Sir Ernest Shackleton, inflated by time and celebrity, has come to personify the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Whilst the story of his ill-fated 1914-18 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and his crew’s narrow escape from death is legendary, less well known, and told here in[read more]

A Walk to the Pole: To The Heart of Antarctica in the Footsteps of Scott: Mear, Roger & Robert Swan
Mear, Roger & Robert Swan A Walk to the Pole: To The Heart of Antarctica in the Footsteps of Scott
1987 Crown NY 1st, 8vo, pp.xiii, 306, photo frontis, 95 color & 11 bw photos, 2 maps, appendices, map eps, blue cloth; dj near fine, cloth fine #9236 $9.00
Account of the 1985 re-creation of Scott's 883 mile trip to the pole. Winner of the 1987 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountaineering Literature. US edition of ‘In the Footsteps of Scott’.[read more]

Antarctica: Both Heaven and Hell: Messner, Reinhold
signedMessner, Reinhold Antarctica: Both Heaven and Hell
1991 Mountaineers Seattle 1st, 8vo, pp.381, 24 color & 121 bw photos, map, appendix, blue cloth; signed, dj lightly rubbed, unclipped, near fine, cloth tight, fine #22142 $79.00
Messner and Arved Fuchs traversed the Antarctic continent on foot in 1990, covering 2800 kilometers at the same time Steger's International Expedition was making its crossing.[read more]

Wild: oder der Letzte Trip auf Erden [Wild: or the Last Trip on Earth]: Messner, Reinhold
Messner, Reinhold Wild: oder der Letzte Trip auf Erden [Wild: or the Last Trip on Earth]
2019 Germany 1st, 16mo, pp.357, 56 bw photos, illus eps, pictorial cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth new #27590 $19.95
Messner recounts Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) focusing on Frank Wild. Wild, one of the greatest British Edwardian Polar explorers of all time, participated in five Antarctic expeditions, serving with Scott, Shackleton, and Mawson, on five different ships. In 1914, Wild,[read more]

Miller, Francis Trevelyan Byrd's Great Adventure: with the Complete Story of all Polar Explorations for One Thousand Years
1930 Winston Phil 1st, 8vo, pp.383, color frontis, 127 bw illus, pictorial cloth; cloth cover bright, vg+. #9240 $25.00
This covers it all so I suppose it makes all previous polar books obsolete![read more]

Discovery of the North Pole: Dr. Frederick A. Cook's own story of how he reached the North Pole April 21st, 1908. and the Story of Commander Robert E. Peary's Discovery April 6th, 1909…: Miller, J. Martin
Miller, J. Martin Discovery of the North Pole: Dr. Frederick A. Cook's own story of how he reached the North Pole April 21st, 1908. and the Story of Commander Robert E. Peary's Discovery April 6th, 1909…
1909 J. T. Moss 8vo, pp.428, photo frontis, many bw photos/illus, dec red cloth; cloth worn, front hinge cracked/separated, pages toned as usual, good #9242 $19.00 $12.00
Plus a whole lot more! AB 11467. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

To the Arctic!: The Story of Northern Exploration from Earliest Times to the Present: Mirsky, Jeannette
Mirsky, Jeannette To the Arctic!: The Story of Northern Exploration from Earliest Times to the Present
1948 Knopf NY 1st thus, 8vo, pp.xxii, 334, xviii, 31 bw photos, 8 maps (1 fldg), appendices, blue cloth; cloth spine faded, tight, map w/ no tears, near fine #11020 $9.00
The first edition, ‘To the North’, was withdrawn from publication when Dr. Cook threatened libel action. AB 11528, Mattila B16.[read more]

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