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1 Amundsen, Roald. Translated from the Norwegian by A.G. Chater. THE SOUTH POLE: AN ACCOUNT OF THE NORWEGIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION IN THE "FRAM", 1910-1912. (2 VOLUMES IN 1.)
Toronto McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1976, facsimile reprint of John Murray, 1912 editions. 1976 0771001304 / 9780771001307 Facsimile Reprint of John Murray 1912 Ed Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
393 pp + 449 pp (2 volumes in 1), 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps (1 fold-out), fold-out plan of the 'Fram'. "In the southern spring of 1911 two separate expeditions left their respective winter quarters in Antarctica in a desperate bid to achieve the glory of being first at the South Pole - a British party, led by Captain R.F. Scott, and a Norwegian one under Captain Roald Amundsen. Scott reached the Pole on 18 January 1912, only to find that the Norwegains had forestalled him over a month previously. Disconsolate, Scott and his four companions retraced their footsteps across the polar plateau, a 'via dolorosa' which was to lead to the deaths of all five from hunger and exposure. Scott's edited diary of the events has been a perennial bestseller ever since. Amundsen's own account, translated into English as 'The South Pole', never achieved the same popularity. Lacking in personal charisma, Amundsen was to some extent a victim of British chauvinism, which stereotyped him as a devious foreigner not above gaining the Pole by a deceitful stratagem and, worse by far, sacrificing his dogs to do so. His complaint in later years that British schoolchildren were being taught to regard Scot t as the true discoverer of the South Pole was probably no exaggeration. Today we can look back to these distant events more dispassionately, and freely give Amundsen the credit that is his due. He was a truly professional explorer who took pains to put all his theories to the test and left nothing to chance. 'The South Pole', which so successfully exemplifies Amundsen's philosophy of exploration, is a polar masterpiece which deserves to be in print again after so many years in limbo." Previous owner's name/date on front pastedown, embossed blind stamp on free front endpaper, a few edge creases and tiny tear archivally taped on fold-out map at rear, tiny speck on top of textblock, very light soiling on bottom of textblock, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, ghost sticker mark on front panel, some darkening to flap-folds and spine edges, very light rubbing/soiling, a few tiny tears at top/bottom of spine, very small scuff mark on front panel. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
2 Finnie, Richard. Introduction by Diamond Jenness. LURE OF THE NORTH.
Philadelphia David McKay 1940 Hard Cover Good- 
227 pp, 10" H. Blue cloth with silver lettering/decoration on spine/front board. Map endpapers, b&w photographs. Contents: Introduction; Preface; Lure of the North; Herschel Island; Eastward with the 'Baychimo'; To Coronation Gulf; Ships That Pass in the Polar Night; Over the North Magnetic Pole; White Man's Igloo; Shipwreck in the Frozen North; Arctic Adventuress; Freeze-Up; Sled Trip; Krusenstern Chronicle; Black Magic in the White North; Arctic Christmas; Lost; Sun-Up; Social Service; Eggs and Airplanes; Among the Igloo Dwellers; Break-Up; Whither Our Eskimos?; Index. Wear and very small bump at bottom corners - light edge wear elsewhere, light fading to edges of boards and on spine, some fading to color on top of text block, light browning and light soiling on fore-edge and bottom of text block, very small area of color loss on rear board, 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ADMIRAL BYRD OF ANTARCTICA., Gladych, Michael.  (Richard Byrd.)
3 Gladych, Michael. (Richard Byrd.) ADMIRAL BYRD OF ANTARCTICA.
Julian Messner, New York, (1962), 3rd printing. 
191 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. A fictionalized account for the younger reader, based on the author's knowledge of many of Byrd's closest friends and colored by his own experiences and love of flying. Light water marks to edges of text block and on front board, light edge wear. Dust jacket is price clipped, has water/dye stain on inside of front panel, light edge wear, three small closed tears, minor foxing and light rubbing, small ghost sticker on front panel. VG-/G+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BY AIRPLANE TOWARDS THE NORTH POLE:  AN ACCOUNT OF AN EXPEDITION TO SPITZBERGEN IN THE SUMMER OF 1923., Mittelholzer, Walter, and others.  Translated from the German by Eden & Cedar Paul.  Preface by Adolf Hoel.
4 Mittelholzer, Walter, and others. Translated from the German by Eden & Cedar Paul. Preface by Adolf Hoel. BY AIRPLANE TOWARDS THE NORTH POLE: AN ACCOUNT OF AN EXPEDITION TO SPITZBERGEN IN THE SUMMER OF 1923.
London George Allen & Unwin 1925 First English Edition Hard Cover Good 
176 pp, 8 3/4" H. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering/banding on spine. Four maps (two fold-out), b&w photographs (most with a noticeable blue tint). "The expedition described in the present work originated as an accessory outgrowth to Amundsen's plan to fly across the Pole from Point Barrow in North America. In the drafting of this scheme there was a miscalculation, and it transpired that Amundsen would never be able to reach Spitzbergen with the supplies of fuel his airplane was comp-etent to carry. The upshot of this was that, at the instigation of Consul Hammer of Seattle (one of Amundsen's personal friends), the Junkers Works went a small flying expedition to Spitzbergen. The purpose of this expedition was to fly from Spitzbergen northward across the ice-pack, and upon this ice-pack to make a cache of necessaries at the spot Amundsen was expected to reach, thus facilitat-ing the explorer's crossing of the Polar Circle. (When Amundsen changed) his plan, after the members of the expedition had already crossed the arctic circle, they promptly decided to use the plane for photographic researches in Spitzbergen. This book contains a compendium of the results." Contents: Introduction by Professor Kurt Wegener (General Characteristics of the Expedition / Spitzbergen / Aims of Airplane Photography / What can be Learned from the Photographs); Photography from Airplane, by Professor A. Miethe; Geographical Value of the Photographs, by Captain H. Boykow; The First Arctic Aviators, by Airforce Lieutenant Walter Mittelholzer (Foreword / En Route / In Spitzbergen / Envoy). Very light browning to free endpapers, scattered foxing on page 96, 97 and illustration page between them, creases at top corner of front fold-out map, soft crease at top corner of pages 95 to 105, darkening and scattered foxing marks on edges of text block, slight corner bumps, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, waviness in cloth at fore-edge of boards, faint liquid mark at fore-edge of front board. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE POLAR PASSION:  THE QUEST FOR THE NORTH POLE.  WITH SELECTIONS FROM ARCTIC JOURNALS., Mowat, Farley.  (Thorgisl Orrabeinsfostri, Robert Bylot, William Baffin, Elisha Kent Kane, Charels Francis Hall, George Tyson, Adolphus Greely, Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick Cook.)
5 Mowat, Farley. (Thorgisl Orrabeinsfostri, Robert Bylot, William Baffin, Elisha Kent Kane, Charels Francis Hall, George Tyson, Adolphus Greely, Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick Cook.) THE POLAR PASSION: THE QUEST FOR THE NORTH POLE. WITH SELECTIONS FROM ARCTIC JOURNALS.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
303 pp, 12 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with reproductions, drawings, maps, photographs. Contents: Foreword; The First Steps North: The Saga of Thorgisl Orrabeinsfostri c. 997 A.D.; The Bay of Disbelief: The Fifth Voyage of Robert Bylot and Wm. Baffin, 1616; A Moth to the Flame: Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic Explorations, 1853-55; Life on an Ice-Floe: Charles Francis Hall, Life Among the Esquimaux, 1865 / George Tyson, Wonderful Drift, 1871-73; Lieut. Greely Sees It Through: Adolphus Greely, Three Years of Arctic Service, 1881-84; The Inland Ice: Fridtjof Nansen, The First Crossing of Greenland, 1888; The Passion Quickens: A Survey - 1892-1906; The Top of the World: Frederick Cook, My Attainment of the Pole, 1907-08; Epilogue; Sources and Acknowledgements; Index. Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two very tiny stains on top of text block, very light edge wear. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/creasing, a few small edge tears and chips - tears archivally taped, light fading to spine color, light rubbing a few small faint foxing marks on inside. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
6 Owen, Russell. THE ANTARCTIC OCEAN.
London Whittlesey House / McGraw-Hill 1941 Second Printing Hard Cover Good Fair Stephen J. Voorhies, maps. 
254 pp, 9 1/4" H. Map endpapers. B&w photographs, maps. "The search for a land greater than the United States and Mexico began centuries ago, but it was not until a little more than a hundred years ago that an American sealer, Nat Palmer, first glimpsed its mainland. After the fanatic fumblings of explorers like Quiros, the discoverer-priest, hard-headed men pushed farther and farther south to learn what lay in the land of mist and snow. Captain Cook sailed around the land without seeing it; Lieut. Charles Wilkes, an American, sailed along its coast for 1,500 miles. Capt. James Clark Ross, the famous Englishman, broke into the silent sea which bears his name and for the first time brought back some knowledge of this great continent, with its high barriers of ice, its lofty mountain ranges and a live volcano, its tremendous beauty. Since then men have been to the South Pole on foot and in airplanes, have lived on ships fast in the ice and on the ice itself. Here are found the names of Scott and Shackleton, of Charcot and Amundsen, of Byrd and Ellsworth. (This) is the story of the almost incredible hardships men overcame because they were driven to rip the veil from one of the most majestic and fabulous regions of the earth." Pencil erasure mark at top of free front endpaper, previous owner's bookplate on verso of free front endpaper, very soft crease down preliminary pages, previous owner's stamp at bottom of page 100 and on one rear page, erased pencilled number on free rear endpaper, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/creasing, old tape at top/bottom inside edge, light to moderate rubbing/soiling, afew very small chips and tears, light browning, date stamp on inside of rear flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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