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Frank Worsley: Shackleton's Fearless Captain: Thomson, John
Thomson, John Frank Worsley: Shackleton's Fearless Captain
2014 NZ 1st, 4to, pp.216, 5 color & 69 bw photos, 2 color illus, 5 maps, pictorial cloth; dj & cloth new #26827 $47.95
Frank Worsley is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s greatest adventurers, a man regarded by Sir Edmund Hillary as ‘one of my heroes’. Born in Akaroa in 1872, he went to sea aged 15 as an apprentice on the sailing ships working between New Zealand and Britain. Worsley became the captain of Sir Ernes[read more]

Lost… The Antarctic Diary of Thomas Orde Lees: Thomson, John
New Thomson, John Lost… The Antarctic Diary of Thomas Orde Lees
2020 UK Ltd ed 275, thick 8vo, pp.x, 498, 18 color & 68 bw photos, 3 sketches, plan, 3 maps, orange cloth; dj & cloth new #27713 $89.95
First Publication of Orde Lees’ Endurance Diary The story of Shackleton and his Endurance adventure is very well known in the canon of Antarctic literature. His attempt to cross the Antarctic continent failed spectacularly. When the ship was crushed, he and his crew made their way to the desolati[read more]

Shackleton’s Captain: A Biography of Frank Worsley: Thomson, John
Thomson, John Shackleton’s Captain: A Biography of Frank Worsley
1999 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.208, photo frontis, 90 bw photos, 6 maps, appendices, wraps; fine #14809 $29.00
The first biography of Worsley, one of New Zealand’s greatest adventurers and a man regarded by Sir Edmund Hillary as ‘one of my heroes’. Born in Akaroa in 1872, he went to sea aged 15 as an apprentice on the sailing ships working between New Zealand and Britain. Worsley became the captain of Sir[read more]

Mischief Goes South: Tilman, H. W.
Tilman, H. W. Mischief Goes South
1968 Hollis & Carter London 1st, 8vo, pp.190, 18 bw photos, 3 charts, blue cloth; dj w/ light edge wear, unclipped, vg, cloth fine #22941 $59.00 $55.00
This is the fifth of Tilman’s ‘Mischief’ titles. Tilman recounts two voyages here – a trip around Africa in 1957/58, and a disastrous 20,000 mile voyage in 1966/67 south of Cape Horn on which they lost their first mate. To see all of our Sale Items, click he[read more]

Mostly Mischief: Voyages to the Arctic and to the Antarctic: Tilman, H. W.
Tilman, H. W. Mostly Mischief: Voyages to the Arctic and to the Antarctic
1966 Hollis & Carter London 1st, 8vo, pp.191, 22 bw photos, 4 charts, blue cloth; w/ Ad Carter’s bookplate, dj rubbed, spine faded, clipped, vg-, cloth fine #22166 $85.00
This is the fourth of Tilman’s ‘Mischief’ titles. Here he recounts four voyages – Bylot Island (1963), East Greenland (1964, 1965), and Heard Island (1964-5).[read more]

The Eight Sailing/Mountain-Exploration Books: Tilman, H. W.
Tilman, H. W. The Eight Sailing/Mountain-Exploration Books
2000 Mountaineers Seattle rep, thick 8vo, pp.956, color photos, blue cloth; dj fine, cloth fine #6872 $19.00
A nice reprint of Tilman’s popular sailing titles - Mischief in Patagonia, Mischief Among the Penguis, Mischief in Greenland, Mostly Mischief, Mischief Goes South, In Mischief’s Wake, Ice with Everything, Triumph and Tribulation.[read more]

Tilman, H. W. Triumph and Tribulation
1977 Nautical Pub London 1st, 8vo, pp.153, 12 bw photos, 5 maps, blue cloth; dj fine, cloth fine. #22167 $39.00
The last of Tilman’s sailing books. This includes three more of Tilman's voyages, one to Spitsbergen and two to Greenland in the 'Baroque' from 1974-1976.[read more]

At the Edge: A Life in Search of Challenge: Trafton, Stephen J.
Trafton, Stephen J. At the Edge: A Life in Search of Challenge
2017 US 1st, 8vo, pp.243, photo frontis, 116 color & 2 bw photos, 10 color maps, wraps; bump to bottom corner, else new #27355 $39.95
Steve Trafton has always lived life on the edge. Whether it is shattering the world land speed record at the age of sixty-four or facing the US government in court, Trafton is always up for new challenges and adventures. In his autobiography, Trafton takes you on some of his most harrowing expedi[read more]

Putting South Georgia on the Map: Duncan Carse’s South Georgia Surveys of 1951-56: Trendall, Alec
signedTrendall, Alec Putting South Georgia on the Map: Duncan Carse’s South Georgia Surveys of 1951-56
2011 Pvt Pub Australia Ltd ed 200, 4to, pp.216, frontis sketch, 107 color & 6 bw photos, 2 illus, 9 color maps, appendices, photo eps, pictorial cloth; signed, issued w/o dj, cloth bumped from shipping, else new #25890 $125.00
The sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, about 170 kilometres long and up to 30 kilometres wide, lies at the southern end of the Atlantic Ocean, about 2000 kilometres east of Cape Horn. Its icy mountain spine rises nearly 3000 metres out of the ocean, like a misplaced section of the Alps. The is[read more]

Antarctica: An Encyclopedia from Abbott Ice Shelf to Zooplankton: Trewby, Mary
Trewby, Mary Antarctica: An Encyclopedia from Abbott Ice Shelf to Zooplankton
2002 Firefly Auckland 1st, 4to, pp.208, photo frontis, 198 color & 47 bw photos, 3 maps, photo eps, pictorial cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth new. #23994 $35.00 $29.00
A nicely-illustrated reference to major Antarctic terms.[read more]

1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica: Turney, Chris
Turney, Chris 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica
2012 US 1st, 8vo, pp.358, 3 bw photo, 4 bw illus, 4 maps, appendix, red/white cloth; dj & cloth new #26229 $26.95
“The South Pole Discovered,” trumpeted the front page of The Daily Chronicle on March 8, 1912, marking Roald Amundsen’s triumph over the tragic Robert Scott. Yet behind all the headlines there was a much bigger story. Antarctica was awash with expeditions. In 1912, five separate teams representin[read more]

Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton: Ussher, Jane & Nigel Watson
Ussher, Jane & Nigel Watson Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton
2010 Australia 1st, 4to, pp.223, photo frontis, 174 color photos (7 gatefolds), 2 maps, hessian cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth new #25921 $79.95
A beautiful photographic study of the Antarctic huts that served as expedition bases for the expeditions led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. At the turn of the 20th century Antarctica was the focus of one of the last great races of exploration and discovery. Known as the [read more]

Van der Merwe, Pieter, ed South: The Race to the Pole
2000 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.144, 24 color & 105 bw photos, 2 maps, appendices, wraps; new. #21230 $29.95
A nice book done in conjunction with the UK’s hugely successful National Maritime Museum exhibit on the Antarctic. Includes chapters on the epic expeditions of Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen. Features crew lists, biographies, previously unpublished photographs, and items sold over the past few yea[read more]

My Life of Adventure: Vaughan, Norman D.
signedVaughan, Norman D. My Life of Adventure
1995 Stackpole Harrisburg 2nd prtg, 8vo, pp.viii, 246, 56 bw photos, red/blue cloth; signed, dj clipped, fine, cloth fine #27437 $39.00
Vaughan (1905-2005) was an American dogsled driver and explorer whose first claim to fame was participating in Admiral Byrd's first Antarctic Expedition, 1928-1930. He also ran dog teams in a professional capacity as part of a search and rescue unit in World War II, in sporting events like the Olymp[read more]

My Life of Adventure: Vaughan, Norman D.
Vaughan, Norman D. My Life of Adventure
1995 Stackpole Harrisburg 1st, 8vo, pp.viii, 246, 56 bw photos, red/blue cloth; dj fine, cloth fine #4982 $19.95 $9.00
Vaughan's autobiography includes his first ascent of Mount Vaughan prior to his 89th birthday. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

With Byrd at the Bottom of the World: The South Pole Expedition of 1928-1930: Vaughan, Norman D.
signedVaughan, Norman D. With Byrd at the Bottom of the World: The South Pole Expedition of 1928-1930
1990 Stackpole Harrisburg 4th prtg, 8vo, pp.viii, 197, 34 bw photos, map, tan/blue cloth; inscribed 11 May 1993, dj w/ several spots of green paint(?) to bottom edge, unclipped, else fine, cloth w/ slight chipping to ffep, tight, fine #11101 $9.95
Vaughan (1905-2005) was an American dogsled driver and explorer whose first claim to fame was participating in Admiral Byrd's first Antarctic Expedition, 1928-1930. He was a dogsled driver on Byrd's expedition and was chief dog driver of the geological survey party which discovered Amundsen’s cairn.[read more]

Island at the Edge of the World: A South Georgia Odyssey: Venables, Stephen
signedVenables, Stephen Island at the Edge of the World: A South Georgia Odyssey
1991 Hodder & Stoughton London 1st, 8vo, pp.177, 33 color photos, 3 maps, appendices, blue cloth; signed, dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #10216 $49.00
South Georgia was where Shackleton reached help following the sinking of the Endurance. Venables and four companions spent the summer months of 1989-90 enduring the weather and making several first ascents on the island.[read more]

Man and the Conquest of the Poles: Victor, Paul-Émile
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; cloth vg #14492 $5.00
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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
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]

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