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South: The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917: Shackleton, Sir Ernest
Shackleton, Sir Ernest South: The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917
1919 Heinemann London 1st ed, 1st imp, 8vo, pp.xxi, 376, photo frontis w/ tissue guard, 87 bw photos, 2 sketches, 5 maps (1 fldg), appendices, top edge blue, silver-lettered spine & front, silver decoration of Endurance on front, navy blue cloth; cloth rubbed, w/o errata slip, initials on ffep, page 367/8 w/ repaired tear, map w/ orig folds & no tears, very good #25079 $2,500.00
This is Shackleton’s own account of his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) which attempted a historic first crossing of the Antarctic continent. Their fight for survival in the Weddell Sea, following the sinking of their ship “Endurance” is a classic tale. This includes not only the accou[read more]

The Japanese South Polar Expedition 1910–12: A Record of Antarctica [南極記 Nankyoku-ki]: Shirase, Norbu & the Japanese Antarctic Expedition Support Committee (trans by Lara Dagnell and Hilary Shibata)
signedShirase, Norbu & the Japanese Antarctic Expedition Support Committee (trans by Lara Dagnell and Hilary Shibata) The Japanese South Polar Expedition 1910–12: A Record of Antarctica [南極記 Nankyoku-ki]
2011 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.414, 3 color & 71 bw photos, 4 color & 33 bw illus, 2 color maps, appendicies, red cloth; signed Shibata, issued w/o dj, cloth new #25896 $74.95
Now translated for the first time into English, this is often called the ‘official account’ of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition (JAE) 1910-12. The JAE, under the leadership of army lieutenant Nobu Shirase was the first exploration of Antarctic territory by Japan. After initial scepticism about th[read more]

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette: Sides, Hampton
Sides, Hampton In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
2014 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xiii, 454, 26 bw photos, map, illus eps, white/grey cloth; dj & cloth new #26769 $28.95
In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, b[read more]

Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Regions: Simmonds, P. L.
Simmonds, P. L. Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Regions
2005 UK 1st thus, 8vo, pp.313, frontis, 13 bw illus, wraps; new. #24184 $35.95
On 18 May 1845 Sir John Franklin set sail with a crew of 134 men on two ships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, in an attempt to find the Northwest Passage. The ships were last seen on 26 July by an Arctic whaler off the entrance to Lancaster Sound and from there they vanished, never to be seen again. A[read more]

Inclement Weather and Lack of Fuel was the Cause of Their Deaths: Skarung, Per
Skarung, Per Inclement Weather and Lack of Fuel was the Cause of Their Deaths
2015 Norway 1st, 4to, pp.109, 11 color & 50 bw photos, 7 bw illus, color map, wraps; new #27559 $24.95
Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen were both experienced expedition leaders with almost identical challenges when they both left for Antarctica in 1910. They established their respective bases in the Bay of Whales and the McMurdo Sound preparing for the final journey to the South Pole in January[read more]

Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer: Smith, Michael
signedSmith, Michael Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer
2014 Ireland 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 443, 50 bw photos, 9 maps, blue cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #26819 $39.95
Ernest Shackleton is one of history’s great explorers, a tenacious and charismatic personality who became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He was a restless adventurer from an Irish background with a[read more]

Sir James Wordie: Polar Crusader - Exploring the Arctic and Antarctic: Smith, Michael
Smith, Michael Sir James Wordie: Polar Crusader - Exploring the Arctic and Antarctic
2004 UK 1st, thick 8vo, pp.xix, 371, 48 bw photos, 11 maps, appendix, black cloth; dj & cloth new. #23574 $49.95
Sir James Mann Wordie, (1889-1962), was the elder statesman of polar exploration the link between the heroic Edwardian Age of Shackleton and Scott and the mechanised modern era which opened up Antarctica and the Arctic. The remarkable life of one of Scotland's greatest heroes remains surprisingly [read more]

The Saga of Fridtjof Nansen: Sörensen, Jon
Sörensen, Jon The Saga of Fridtjof Nansen
1932 American-Scandinavian Foundation NY 1st, 8vo, pp.372, photo frontis, 21 bw photos, blue cloth; xlib, cloth spine faded w/ #, top spine pulled, bookplate on fep, stamps, pocket on rep, tight, good+ #12662 $9.00
A thorough biography of Nansen, 1861-1930, with a list of books and articles by him.[read more]

Antarctic Miscellany: Books, Periodicals & Maps Relating to the Discovery and Exploration of the Antarctic: Spence, Sydney A.
Spence, Sydney A. Antarctic Miscellany: Books, Periodicals & Maps Relating to the Discovery and Exploration of the Antarctic
1980 Simper Surrey 2nd, ltd ed 1000, 8vo, pp.xi, 220, 9 illustrations, green cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth fine #9315 $59.00
A valuable reference for Antarctic material listing over 3000 items. This is one of the most commonly referenced bibliographies.[read more]

Spufford, Frances I May Be Some Time
1997 US 8vo 2nd, prtg, pp.372, 12 bw photos, black cloth; dj & cloth new. #22215 $26.95 $19.95
About the Poles as they have been perceived, dreamed, and desired. Explores myth as myth, showing how Scott’s death was the culmination of a long-running national enchantment with vast empty spaces, the beauty of untrodden snow, and perilous journeys to the ends of the earth. Winner of the 1997 Ba[read more]

The Voyage of the Huron and The Huntress: The American Sealers and the Discovery of the Continent of Antarctica: Stackpole, Edouard A.
Stackpole, Edouard A. The Voyage of the Huron and The Huntress: The American Sealers and the Discovery of the Continent of Antarctica
Nov 1955 Marine Historical Assoc Mystic, CT 1st, 8vo, pp.86, 5 plates, 9 sketches/maps, loose fldg map, gray wraps; light wear, very good #26708 $29.00 $7.65
‘A discussion of some of the lesser known sealing voyages of the early 1820s.’ – Rosove. With the often-missing separate folding map titled ‘Shetlands du Sud et Coté de l’Antarctide Sud-Américaine. 2me Expédition Antarctique Française (1908-1910)’ depicting the South Shetlands and the tip of Palmer [read more]

Adventures in Polar Reading: The Book Cultures of High Latitudes: Stam, David H.
Stam, David H. Adventures in Polar Reading: The Book Cultures of High Latitudes
2019 US 1st, 8vo, pp.ix, 253, color frontis, 13 figs, 10 vignettes, map eps, appendices, black cloth; dj & cloth new #27707 $49.00
Based in part on his own naval experience, including duty in Antarctica, and informed by extensive archival and secondary research, Stam’s book examines the printed needs of several polar expeditions, including those of Adolphus Greely in the International Polar Year 1881-83 in northernmost Canada. [read more]

My Life with the Eskimo: Stefansson, Vilhjalmur
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur My Life with the Eskimo
1951 Macmillan NY 4th, thick 8vo, pp.xvii, 538, 109 bw photos, 2 fldg maps, map eps, blue cloth; dj worn, chipped top/bottom spine, clipped, good, cloth tight, very good #11028 $45.00
Narrative of the Stefansson-Anderson Arctic Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History, 1908-12, describing routes, travel methods, daily living, hunting, Eskimo life, animals, etc. Less common with the dust jacket. AB 16832, Mattila A1.[read more]

The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions: Stefansson, Vilhjalmur
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions
1922 Macmillan NY 2nd prtg, thick 8vo, pp.xxxi, 784, photo frontis, 102 bw photos, 9 maps (6 fldg, 2 in pocket, 1 color), appendices, blue cloth; xlib, cloth w/ # on spine, pulled top/bottom spine, corners rubbed, pocket remnant back, maps w/ orig folds, good+ #27651 $19.00
Stefansson (1879-1962) provides an account of his third expedition, the Canadian Arctic Expedition (1913-18). In an epic similar to the ‘Endurance’ their ship ‘Karluk’ was trapped in the Arctic ice in June 1913. After five months of drifting, the ship succumbed to the pressure of the ice leaving her[read more]

Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S. Investigator and the McClure Expedition: Stein, Glenn M.
signedStein, Glenn M. Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S. Investigator and the McClure Expedition
2015 US 1st, 8vo, pp.x, 376, 23 bw photos, 39 bw illus, 5 maps, appendices, wraps; signed, new #26989 $39.95
From 1850 to 1854, the ambitious Commander Robert McClure captained the HMS Investigator on a voyage in search of the missing Franklin Expedition, which sailed from England into the Arctic in 1845 to map the last uncharted section of the North-West Passage. The Investigator and her consort the Enter[read more]

Crevasse Roulette: The First Trans-Antarctic Crossing 1957-58: Stephenson, Jon
Stephenson, Jon Crevasse Roulette: The First Trans-Antarctic Crossing 1957-58
2009 Australia 1st, 4to, pp.192, color frontis, 60 color & 12 bw photos, 7 figs, 32 maps, pictorial cloth; dj & cloth new #25648 $49.95
Stephenson was a geologist on the Trans-Antarctic Expedition (TAE) of 1957-58 which, under the leadership of Dr Vivian Fuchs, completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica, via the South Pole. He tells the story of the expedition, from its conception to its aftermath, and captures the spirit,[read more]

An Antarctic Evening on board the ship Discovery in Dundee: Stephenson, Robert
Stephenson, Robert An Antarctic Evening on board the ship Discovery in Dundee
2015 NH Ltd ed, 4to, pp.38, 1 color & 12 bw photos, 4 color & 3 bw illus, sketch, wraps; new #26949 $29.95
Produced as a special keepsake for the SouthPole-sium v.2 held in Scotland in 2015. This includes a listing of those in attendance, the evenings’ programs, food and drink consumed, much about the Discovery, biographies of the ships’ men, particulars on the National Antarctic Expedition, the ship’s c[read more]

Scotland and the Antarctic: Stephenson, Robert
Stephenson, Robert Scotland and the Antarctic
2015 NH Ltd ed 100, 4to, pp.13, wraps; new #26950 $19.95
Primarily a listing of 182 Antarctic explorers and travelers born in Scotland, with brief summaries of their expedition and position. Produced as a special keepsake for the SouthPole-sium v.2 held in Scotland in 2015.[read more]

Some ‘Heroic Age’ Verses: Stephenson, Robert
Stephenson, Robert Some ‘Heroic Age’ Verses
2017 NH Ltd ed 100, 4to, pp.16, 3 bw photos, sketch, wraps; new #27312 $17.95
Produced as a special keepsake for the SouthPole-sium v.3 held in Norway in 2017. This is a collection of poems taken from The Blizzard, Aurora Australis, The Adelie Mail & Cape Adare Times, The South Pole, South With Mawson, and more.[read more]

From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Scott’s ‘Antarctics’ in the First World War: Strathie, Anne
Strathie, Anne From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Scott’s ‘Antarctics’ in the First World War
2015 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.224, 13 color & 37 bw photos, 14 maps, appendices, white cloth; dj & cloth new #26986 $37.95
February 1912: Harry Pennell and his Terra Nova shipmates brave storms and ice to bring supplies to Antarctica. They hope to celebrate Captain Scott’s conquest of the South Pole, but are forced by ice to return north before Scott’s party returns. In New Zealand a reporter tells them that Roald Amund[read more]

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