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Victor, Paul-Émile Man and the Conquest of the Poles
1963 Simon & Schuster NY 1st, 8vo, pp.320, 32 bw illus, map eps, blue cloth; dj vg, cloth fine. #9351 $15.00
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Whalers of the Midnight Sun: A Story of Modern Whaling in the Antarctic: Villiers, Alan
New Villiers, Alan Whalers of the Midnight Sun: A Story of Modern Whaling in the Antarctic
1934 Scribner’s NY 1st, 8vo, pp.285, frontis, 9 woodcuts, map eps, dec yellow cloth; dj w/ edge tears, clipped, good+, cloth vg #27471 $15.00
This adventure novel charts the voyage of a fleet of seven ships in a Norwegian whaling expedition near the South Pole. The main characters of the book are a group of young boys who sign on for the expedition in Hobart, Tasmania. “Mr. Villiers interweaves a fascinating documentary account of modem w[read more]

Wainwright, J. A. Flight of the Falcon: Scott’s Journey to the South Pole 1910-1912
1987 Mosaic Ontario 1st thus, 8vo, pp.151, 9 bw photos, map, wraps; new. #15076 $12.95
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White Horizons: British art from Antarctica, 1775-2006: Walton, David & Bruce Pearson
Walton, David & Bruce Pearson White Horizons: British art from Antarctica, 1775-2006
2006 UK 1st, 4to, pp.55, 39 color & 19 bw photos, wraps; new #25910 $19.95
A tremendous amount of artwork has emanated from the Antarctic. This is an interesting catalogue from an exhibition in Edinburgh in 2006. Although some of the illustrations are small a range of styles and artists are represented. In the back are biographies of 29 artists including Cherry-Garrard,[read more]

Of Dogs and Men: Fifty Years in the Antarctic – An Illustrated Story of the Dogs of the British Antarctic Survey 1944 – 1994: Walton, Kevin & Rick Atkinson
signedWalton, Kevin & Rick Atkinson Of Dogs and Men: Fifty Years in the Antarctic – An Illustrated Story of the Dogs of the British Antarctic Survey 1944 – 1994
1996 UK 1st, 4to, pp.190, 135 color & 43 bw photos, 6 sketches, 4 color maps, appendices, blue cloth; signed Walton & Atkinson on clear label, dj w/ corners bumped, else dj fine, cloth fine #24575 $39.95
In February 1994 the last remaining huskies were banished from Antarctica. Saying goodbye was an emotional moment for for members of the BAS, whose same line of dogs had served for fifty years. Walton, who witnessed the arrival of dogs in the 1940s, and Atkinson who was in Antarctica when the use [read more]

Portrait of Antarctica: Walton, Kevin, et al.
Walton, Kevin, et al. Portrait of Antarctica
1984 Philip London reprint, 8vo, pp.168, photo frontis, 90 color & 94 bw photos, 4 maps, blue cloth; dj fine, cloth fine #9353 $25.00
A photo book with a terrific selection of expedition photos from 1934 to 1983, from dogs to skidoos.[read more]

The Daily Journal of an Antarctic Explorer 1956-1958: Warren, Guyon
Warren, Guyon The Daily Journal of an Antarctic Explorer 1956-1958
2014 NZ 1st, 8vo, pp.xvi, 392, map frontis, 92 color & 57 bw photos, plan, 1 color & 8 bw maps, appendices, wraps; new #27015 $44.95
Guyon Warren was one of a small group of men who spent 15 consecutive months in the Antarctic in the late 1950s. He helped establish Scott Base, right from the construction of the first hut. However, it is with his explorations out on the ice that he made his greatest contribution. Learning about th[read more]

Arctic Crossing: A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture: Waterman, Jonathan
signedWaterman, Jonathan Arctic Crossing: A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture
2001 US 1st, 8vo, pp.354, 20 color & 70 bw photos, illus, map eps, appendices, blue/white cloth; signed, dj & cloth new. #21867 $29.95
In 1997, Waterman began a 2,200-mile solo journey across the Arctic. Here are his first-hand observations of the Inuit - their life, language, beliefs, and their reactions to global assimilation. He also reveals the extreme physical risks and psychological dangers as he kayaked and skied the legen[read more]

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition: Watson, Paul
Watson, Paul Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
2017 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xxxii, 384, 5 color & 5 bw photos, 3 color & 4 bw figs, 3 maps, navy & blue cloth; dj & cloth new #27234 $27.95
The spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic history — and how the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge finally led to the recent discovery of the shipwrecks. Spanning nearly 200 years, Ice Ghosts is a fast-paced detective story about Western science, indigenous belie[read more]

Weems, John Edward Peary: The Explorer and the Man
1967 Eyre & Spottiswoode London 1st, 8vo, pp.vii, 362, 16 bw photos, map eps, grey cloth; dj fine, cloth fine. #9356 $25.00
First biography of Peary to use his diaries and papers. See AB 101265.[read more]

A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier: Welky, David
Welky, David A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier
2017 US 1st, 8vo, pp.viii, 502, map frontis, 35 bw photos, black/white cloth; dj & cloth new #27196 $28.95
In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks looming in the distance. He called this unexplored realm “Crocker Land.” Scientists and explorers agreed that the wo[read more]

Shackleton’s Last Voyage: The Story of the Quest: Wild, Frank
Wild, Frank Shackleton’s Last Voyage: The Story of the Quest
Nov 1923 Cassell London 3rd prtg, thick 8vo, pp.xvi, 372, color frontis, 138 bw photos, 3 sketch plates, 12 maps, appendices, illus eps, gilt-lettered spine w/ gilt portrait of Quest’s masthead, black lettered front w/ white, black, & gilt image of Quest, light blue cloth; cloth bright, sharp corners w/ very light rubbing, tight, fine #25655 $675.00 $575.00
A beautiful copy, the nicest I’ve seen, of the official narrative of the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition (1921-22). Wild was the captain of the Quest and the Second-in-Command until Shackleton’s early death, upon which Wild assumed overall command. His book contains extracts from the diaries [read more]

The Story of the “Quest” will be told by …: Wild, Frank
Wild, Frank The Story of the “Quest” will be told by …
[1923 London 4to, pp.4, 6 bw photos, printed in red and black; new #27309 $15.95
The Quest, under the command of Ernest Shackleton, sailed from St Katherine’s Dock, London on 17 September 1921. This was Shackleton’s 4th Antarctic journey, the purpose of which was ostensibly to circumvent the Antarctic continent, looking for lost sub-polar islands. Shackleton was not well—and he [read more]

The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration: Wilkinson, Alec
Wilkinson, Alec The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
2012 US 2nd, 8vo, pp.241, 19 bw photos, grey/white cloth; dj & cloth new #26230 $25.95
In this grand and astonishing tale, Wilkinson brings us the story of S. A. Andrée, the visionary Swedish aeronaut who, in 1897, during the great age of Arctic endeavor, left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. Called by a British military officer “the most original and[read more]

Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage: Williams, Glyn
Williams, Glyn Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
2010 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xix, 440, 28 color/bw plates, 3 illus, 14 maps, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #25453 $34.95
Williams charts the entire sweep of extraordinary Northwest Passage history, from the tiny, woefully equipped vessels of the first Tudor expeditions to the 20th-century ventures that finally opened the Passage. Using private letteres and journals, Williams exposes the gritty reality behind the ofte[read more]

Captain Scott's Invaluable Assistant: Edgar Evans: Williams, Isobel
signedWilliams, Isobel Captain Scott's Invaluable Assistant: Edgar Evans
2012 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.191, 31 bw photos, 3 maps, wraps; signed, new #25950 $29.95
Petty Officer Edgar Evans was Captain’s Scott’s ‘giant worker’ and his ‘invaluable assistant’. He went with Scott on both the British Antarctic Expeditions of the early 1900s – the ‘Discovery’ expedition of 1901 and the ‘Terra Nova’ expedition in 1910 – distinguishing himself on both. In 1903, wit[read more]

With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson - Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: Williams, Isobel
signedWilliams, Isobel With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson - Explorer, Naturalist, Artist
2008 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.320, 28 bw photos, 4 maps, black cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #25110 $39.95
Edward Wilson (1872-1912) accompanied Robert Falcon Scott on both his Antarctic expeditions: as Junior Surgeon and Vertebrate Zoologist on the Discovery Expedition (1901-4) and Chief of Scientific Staff on the Terra Nova Expedition (1910-13). The only officer with Scott, he formed a close and influ[read more]

William Speirs Bruce: Forgotten Polar Hero: Williams, Isobel & John Dudeney
signedWilliams, Isobel & John Dudeney William Speirs Bruce: Forgotten Polar Hero
2018 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.285, 35 bw photos, 11 maps, appendices, black cloth; signed Williams & Dudeney, dj & cloth new #27371 $39.95
William Speirs Bruce was a Scottish nationalist and naturalist who led the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902–04) as well as participating in or leading many other polar expeditions from 1892 through to 1919, particularly to Spitsbergen. He is now largely forgotten compared with the ‘great[read more]

Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition: Wilson, D. M.
Wilson, D. M. Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition
2009 UK 1st, 4to, pp.168, color frontis, 39 color & 400 bw photos, 37 color & 38 bw illus, 3 plans, 7 color & 5 bw maps, illus eps, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #25841 $79.95
Nimrod Illustrated celebrates the centenary of one of the most exciting expeditions of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. This is a remarkable collage of expedition photographs, paintings and ephemera in a deliberate reminiscence of the expedition scrapbooks kept by so many of the expedition [read more]

Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition: Wilson, D. M.
signedWilson, D. M. Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition
2009 UK Ltd numbered ed of 150 copies, 4to, pp.168, color frontis, 39 color & 400 bw photos, 37 color & 38 bw illus, 3 plans, 7 color & 5 bw maps, illus eps, page-ribbon, black slipcase & silver dec black cloth; signed, box, slipcase, issued w/o dj, cloth new #26033 $375.00
Nimrod Illustrated celebrates the centenary of one of the most exciting expeditions of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. This is a remarkable collage of expedition photographs, paintings and ephemera in a deliberate reminiscence of the expedition scrapbooks kept by so many of the expedition [read more]

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