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Eight Men in a Crate: The Ordeal of the Advance Party of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1957: Arnold, Anthea
Arnold, Anthea Eight Men in a Crate: The Ordeal of the Advance Party of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1957
2008 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.133, 37 color & 15 bw photos, 6 figs, 4 maps, wraps; new #24969 $35.00
The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-58), led by Sir Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary, was the first to make a successful crossing of the Antarctic continent. The plan was for Fuchs and Hillary to start on opposite sides of the continent. However, as a precursor to Fuchs departure [read more]

Photographer of the World: The Biography of Herbert Ponting: Arnold, H. J. P.
Arnold, H. J. P. Photographer of the World: The Biography of Herbert Ponting
1971 Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press Rutherford 1st, 8vo, pp.175, photo frontis, 77 bw photos, blue cloth; dj w/ browning to edges, vg, cloth fine #25710 $29.00
The first of Arnold’s two books on Ponting, this biographical memoir shows how Ponting, virtually self-taught in his art, free-lanced his way around the world observing, photographing, lecturing and, ultimately, seeing his business fail. Conrad p.170, Karrow 33, Meadows 430, Renard 55, Rosove 20.B1[read more]

Ice: A Victorian Romance – An Exhibition of Rare Books from the Collection of the Linda Hall Library: Ashworth, William B., Jr.
Ashworth, William B., Jr. Ice: A Victorian Romance – An Exhibition of Rare Books from the Collection of the Linda Hall Library
2008 US 1st, 8vo, pp.102, photo frontis, 17 color & 86 bw illus, 6 color & 7 bw maps, wraps; new #26547 $27.95
A wonderfully illustrated catalog of an exhibition at the Linda Hall Library in 2008. The exhibition featured 55 books from the History of Science Collection, illustrating the many British voyages that set out between 1818 and 1860 to discover a Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Also included [read more]

Alone in Antarctica: Aston, Felicity
Aston, Felicity Alone in Antarctica
2013 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.253, 15 color & 1 bw photos, wraps; new #26551 $19.95
Aston knows as much as anyone about traveling in the Antarctic having led an all-female expedition on a 900-km ski to the South Pole in 2009, the subject of her first book. In this, her second book, she describes her 59-day 2011-12 ski expedition in which she became the first woman to traverse the [read more]

Polar Exposure: An All-Women’s Expedition to the North Pole: Aston, Felicity
Aston, Felicity Polar Exposure: An All-Women’s Expedition to the North Pole
2022 US 1st, 8vo, pp.ix, 259, photo frontis, 80 color photos, map, photo eps, pictorial cloth; dj & cloth new #27806 $24.95
When British Explorer Aston put out an open call for women with little to no experience willing to brave the elements on an expedition to the North Pole, she was stunned to have over 1000 applicants. After narrowing it down to ten women from ten different countries—some of whom had never seen snow b[read more]

“No Surrender!”: The Story of Captain Scott’s Journey to the South Pole: Avery, Harold
Avery, Harold “No Surrender!”: The Story of Captain Scott’s Journey to the South Pole
1947 Thomas Nelson London 5th prtg, 8vo, pp.vii, 258, photo frontis, 9 bw photos, tan/green cloth; cloth w/ some offsetting on ffep, vg #27631 $5.00
A popular account, with several printings, of Scott’s tragic British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Rosove 1013.[read more]

To the End of the Earth: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson: Avery, Tom
Avery, Tom To the End of the Earth: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson
2009 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 321, 34 color & 5 bw photos, map, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #25262 $26.95
In 2005 Avery and his five teammates used dog teams to travel 413 miles to the North Pole, recreating the journey of Robert Peary. Their time of just under 37 days bested that of Peary thus reopening his disputed claim to having reached the Pole in 1909. Avery is one of 41 people to have reached b[read more]

Mawson: A Life: Ayres, Philip
Ayres, Philip Mawson: A Life
1999 Australia 1st, 8vo, pp.xx, 321, 20 color & 44 bw photos, 5 maps, white cloth; dj & cloth new #18749 $39.95
The first comprehensive biography of Douglas Mawson whose two Antarctic expeditions (1911-14, 1929-31) resulted in Australia claiming 40% of the continent. Ayres has relied upon a wealth of sources, both archived and living, to provide a full portrait of Mawson’s life. Includes extensive notes.[read more]

Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River, and Along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835: Back, Captain (George)
Back, Captain (George) Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River, and Along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835
1836 E. L. Cary & A. Hart Philadelphia 1st US, 8vo, pp.viii, 456, 4 pgs ads at front, fldg map frontis, appendices, uncut, original cloth-backed brown paper boards & paper title label on spine; boards worn, miss top of spine, foxing throughout, map w/ no tears, good+ #26927 $475.00
George Back, following his two overland Arctic expeditions with John Franklin, was sent to locate John Ross who had been missing for three years. Back went overland to Great Slave Lake where, in the spring of 1833, he received word that Ross had returned to the UK. He then continued, descending the [read more]

Bainbridge, Beryl The Birthday Boys
1994 Carroll & Graf NY 4th, prtg, 8vo, pp.189, tan cloth; dj fine, cloth fine. #9033 $19.00
A fictional account of Scott's journey to the South Pole as seen through the eyes of Scott, Wilson, Bowers, Oates, and Evans.[read more]

The North Pole and Bradley Land: Balch, Edwin Swift
Balch, Edwin Swift The North Pole and Bradley Land
1913 Campion Philadelphia 1st, 8vo, pp.91, (3), map, red cloth; xlib based on small indication of former label on spine & former label mark on fep, cloth tight, near fine #27257 $185.00
In 1908 Dr. Frederick Cook claimed to have discovered Bradley Land, just a few degrees further north than Robert Peary’s claimed Crocker Land. (Peary named his sighting after the San Francisco banker George Crocker, who was one of his financial backers, and Cook named his sighting after John Bradley[read more]

L’Avventura Antartica: Immagini e Storia (Antarctic Adventure: Images and Stories): Balzola, Andrea, et al.
Balzola, Andrea, et al. L’Avventura Antartica: Immagini e Storia (Antarctic Adventure: Images and Stories)
1990 Italy 1st, 8vo, pp.225, 17 color & 150 bw photos, 3 color illus, 2 maps, appendix, wraps; some shelfwear, tight, else new #11331 $39.95 $29.95
A wonderful collection of historic Antarctic photographs from the expeditions of Amundsen, Borchgrevink, Byrd, Charcot, Fuchs, Mawson, Scott, Shackleton, and Shirase. In Italian, no English translation. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage: Barnett, James K. & David L. Nicandri, eds.
Barnett, James K. & David L. Nicandri, eds. Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
2015 US 1st, oblong 8vo, pp.xvii, 430, color frontis, 41 color & 5 bw photos, 51 color & 54 bw illus, 22 color & 22 bw maps, grey cloth; dj & cloth new #26899 $54.95
Captain James Cook is justly famous for his explorations of the southern Pacific Ocean, but his contributions to the exploration of the north Pacific and the Arctic are, arguably, equally significant. On his third and final great voyage, Cook surveyed the northwest coast of North American in the hop[read more]

Tragedies and Triumph in the North: Russian Exploration of the Arctic 1910-1915: Barr, William
Barr, William Tragedies and Triumph in the North: Russian Exploration of the Arctic 1910-1915
2019 Norway 1st, square 8vo, pp.180, 25 color & 185 bw photos, 12 maps (4 color), wraps; new #27597 $29.95
Russian attempts to reach the North Pole of navigate the Northeast Passage were just as daring and dramatic as the expeditions that took place at the same time, on the other side of the North Pole. Many ships and many men did not return to tell their tales. The fate of some expeditions is unknown ev[read more]

A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions (1818): Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific: Barrow, John
Barrow, John A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions (1818): Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific
1971 Barnes & Noble NY 1st thus, 8vo, pp.x, 379, 48, 3 illus, fldg map, appendices, blue cloth; dj fine, cloth fine #26114 $24.95
Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) was a fellow of the Royal Society and served as Second Secretary of the Admiralty for forty years. In his position at the Admiralty, he was a great promoter of Arctic voyages of discovery, including those of John Ross, William Edward Parry, James Clark Ross, and John Fra[read more]

Voyages of Discovery and Research within the Arctic Regions, from the Year 1818 to the Present Time: Under the Command of the several Naval Officers employed by Sea and Land in Search of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; with Two Attem: Barrow, Sir John
Barrow, Sir John Voyages of Discovery and Research within the Arctic Regions, from the Year 1818 to the Present Time: Under the Command of the several Naval Officers employed by Sea and Land in Search of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; with Two Attem
[c1846] Harper & Bros NY 8vo, pp.359, illus, gilt-dec brown ribbed cloth; cloth chipped/worn top/bottom & edges of spine, front/back covers w/ cloth chipped from boards, library bookplate to fep, name, w/o the two maps called for in 1st printing, good #26689 $59.00
with Two Attempts to Reach the North Pole Barrow provides a detailed account of the principal British expeditions into the North American Arctic (and Svalbard), including John Ross (1818), David Buchan (1818), William Edward Parry (1819-20, 1821-23, 1824-25, 1827), Douglas Clavering and Edward Sa[read more]

Polar Crean: Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer: Barry, Dennis, Henry Leach, Bernard Carter, & S. Kemp
Barry, Dennis, Henry Leach, Bernard Carter, & S. Kemp Polar Crean: Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer
023 UK 1st, 4to, pp.67, map frontis, 52 bw photos, 1 bw illus, 2 bw maps, pictorial cloth; dj & cloth new #27898 $39.95
This is a collection of writings related to Tom Crean including – Barry’s (née Tadhg Gahan)‘Polar Crean’ (1952), Leach’s ‘The Explorations of the South Pole’ (1901), Carter’s ‘Sport in the Antarctic’ (1904), and Kemp’s ‘Animal Life in the Antarctic’ (1937). Although not all specifically related to C[read more]

Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole: Bart, Sheldon
Bart, Sheldon Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole
2013 US 1st, thick 8vo, pp.xiv, 560, 15 bw photos, grey cloth; dj & cloth new #26562 $29.95
It was the dawn of a new age of adventure. Biplanes and dirigibles coasted through the air. Vast swaths of the Earth remained still untouched and unseen by man. And one group of relentless explorers competed in the race of a lifetime: to be the first to fly over the North Pole. What inspired their d[read more]

James Fitzjames: The Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition: Battersby, William
Battersby, William James Fitzjames: The Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition
2010 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.224, 33 bw photos, 2 tables, 6 maps, appendices, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #25858 $34.95
James Fitzjames was a hero of the early nineteenth-century Royal Navy. A charismatic man with a wicked sense of humour, he pursued his naval career with wily determination. When he joined the Franklin Expedition at the age of 32 he thought he would make his name. But instead the expedition comple[read more]

Deadly Winter: The Life of Sir John Franklin: Beardsley, Martyn
Beardsley, Martyn Deadly Winter: The Life of Sir John Franklin
2002 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xiv, 272, 20 bw photos, map, appendices, red cloth; dj fine, cloth fine #25829 $24.95
The first full biography written in twenty years about the British adventurer who disappeared with his men in the Arctic in 1845. Beardsley examines Franklin’s incident-filled and sometime contentious career from his early days, when he fought at the battle of Trafalgar, to his last expedition to s[read more]

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