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THE RIDDLE OF THE TITANIC., Gardiner, Robin and Van der Vat, Dan.
1 Gardiner, Robin and Van der Vat, Dan. THE RIDDLE OF THE TITANIC.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1995, first edition. 
312 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297815288 Pictorial endpapers, b&w plates. "Why did Captain Smith accelerate in uniquely treacherous weather towards an exceptionally dangerous ice-field of which he had been warned many times? In t he disaster that followed more than 1,500 people died while barely 700 were saved. This book lays bare as no other the full scope of Smith's astonishing accident record and explores his motives - and the pressures on him - anew. W hat caused the hol e near the bow? The notorious iceberg cracked the plates for 300 feet along the ship's side, but the hole looks more like an explosion. Why is the position of the wreck - pinpointed by the latest technology - irreconcilabl e w i t h the Titanic's SOS calls? The authors conclude that the apparently ruthless American disaster hearings covered up the role of the ship's true owner, the arch-capitalist J.Pierpont Morgan; that the apparently dispassionate British enquiry , d om in at ed by an insider-deal ing Attorney-General, whitewashed a complacent government; and that White Star covered up its own gross negligence by bribing key witnesses. And what of the wreck itself? Here the mystery deepens. When Dr Rober t Ba lla rd - w ho first located the Ti tanic in 1895 - explored the wreck a year later he found the bulkhead not shown on any plans. The most diligent searches have since failed to trace the imposing stern nameplate with its embossed letters eight ee n i nche s h igh. T he authors have gone so far as to explore the breathtaking idea that the Titanic was replaced by her sister-ship, the seriously damaged Olympic, in a plot to recover the huge losses she ran up. The results are tantalising." T hree heav y bu mps a t to p of boards at spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light water mark at fore-edge of rear board. Dust jacket has moderate wrinkling at top of spine and hinges, light water mark on inside of rear flap-fold. Good+/ Very Good - 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BREADALBANE ADVENTURE., MacInnis, Joe.  Introduction by Walter Cronkite.
2 MacInnis, Joe. Introduction by Walter Cronkite. THE BREADALBANE ADVENTURE.
Montreal Optimum 1982 0888901593 / 9780888901590 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Good 
171 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, map. "In 1975, Joe MacInnis, pioneer in the great frontier of the Arctic Ocean, discovered a new challenge. Through an old Arctic loner and a reclusive English scholar, he learned of a sailing vessel locked for 127 years beneath the polar ice. The 'Breadalbane' was one of many ships dispatched by the British Admiralty to find Sir John Franklin the explorer, and the 129 crewmen aboard the 'Erebus' and the 'Terror'. Like many before them, the ships had sought the fabled Northwest Passage to the riches of the Orient. Neither ship nor crewmen were ever found. On its ill-fated supply run, the 'Breadalbane' had stopped at Beechey Island and then became caught in the ice. The ice lifted the craft from the water and crushed its hull, but gave the crew time to scramble to safety before opening briefly to swallow its prize. Since 1853, the 'Breadalbane' has stood upright on the ocean floor, unseen by human eyes. Joe MacInnis spent three grueling years searching for the lost ghost ship, battling fierce Arctic winds, the lethal polar waters, and icebergs weighing up to a million tons. (Here, he) takes us on his unique quest, right up to the electrifying moment when he finds the ship, largely intact, in the sub-zero waters." Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/creasing - mainly at bottom edge, a few very small tears (archivally taped) and chips, small scuff on front flap-fold, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 MacInnis, Joe. Introduction by Walter Cronkite. THE BREADALBANE ADVENTURE.
Montreal Optimum 1982 0888901593 / 9780888901590 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Good+ 
171 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, map. "In 1975, Joe MacInnis, pioneer in the great frontier of the Arctic Ocean, discovered a new challenge. Through an old Arctic loner and a reclusive English scholar, he learned of a sailing vessel locked for 127 years beneath the polar ice. The 'Breadalbane' was one of many ships dispatched by the British Admiralty to find Sir John Franklin the explorer, and the 129 crewmen aboard the 'Erebus' and the 'Terror'. Like many before them, the ships had sought the fabled Northwest Passage to the riches of the Orient. Neither ship nor crewmen were ever found. On its ill-fated supply run, the 'Breadalbane' had stopped at Beechey Island and then became caught in the ice. The ice lifted the craft from the water and crushed its hull, but gave the crew time to scramble to safety before opening briefly to swallow its prize. Since 1853, the 'Breadalbane' has stood upright on the ocean floor, unseen by human eyes. Joe MacInnis spent three grueling years searching for the lost ghost ship, battling fierce Arctic winds, the lethal polar waters, and icebergs weighing up to a million tons. (Here, he) takes us on his unique quest, right up to the electrifying moment when he finds the ship, largely intact, in the sub-zero waters." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear, light rubbing, several small edge tears with old tape on inside surface 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
4 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
 
 
IN THE GREAT WHITE LAND:  A TALE OF THE ANTARCTIC OCEAN., Stables, Gordon, Dr., R.N.  Illustrations by Ambrose de Walton.
5 Stables, Gordon, Dr., R.N. Illustrations by Ambrose de Walton. IN THE GREAT WHITE LAND: A TALE OF THE ANTARCTIC OCEAN.
Blackie & Son, London, n.d. 
288 pp, 7 1/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. Colour frontispiece and 3 b&w plates. The adventures of two boys, Charlie and Walt, who sail on the barque 'Walrus' to the Arctic and Antarctic. Browning to endpapers, very light browning to pages, lig ht browning small foxing marks and light soiling to edges of textblock, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one page with tiny edge tear, light edge wear to boards. Dust jacket several large chips, several closed tears - some archivally tape d , c r e a s e s on front panel, moderate rubbing/soiling on rear panel, light soiling on spine, crease down front flap, two tiny holes on front flap-fold. Scan shows the book without the dust jacket. Good+/Fair to Poor 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BLUEBERG., Taylor, Geoff.  Illustrated by D.G. Valentine.
6 Taylor, Geoff. Illustrated by D.G. Valentine. BLUEBERG.
Heinemann, London, 1960, first edition. 
93 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w illustrations. "The gay story of a young iceberg who was born in the Antarctic Ocean and travelled further north than any iceberg had ever been before. With his friend Blowhard the Whale he made an adventurous journey towards the Equator. The water grew warmer and Blueberg grew smaller but his curiosity led him on until, when at last he was playing round the shores of a tropical island, he was in danger of melting away altoge ther. A very small Blueberg was saved just in time and in a rather uncomfortable manner...." Tiny slight bump to three corners, two tiny dints on front board near hinge, light wear to bottom of boards and a tiny dint to bottom of rear bo a r d . D u s t jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, tiny chips at top/bottom of flap-folds and at top of spine, slight fading to spine, light rubbing/soiling to rear panel and some edges, large corner crease on rear flap, 1" closed tear with cre as es , li g ht w at er stain at bottom of spine/hinges area, three tiny dints on front panel near hinge, very small light stain on inside of spine. VG/G 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 Uncle Hardy, re-told by. NOTABLE SHIPWRECKS: BEING TALES OF DISASTER AND HEROISM AT SEA.
London Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. Hard Cover Good 
278 pp + 4 pp publisher's advertisements, 7 3/8" H, brown cloth with bevelled boards, gold lettering on spine and front board, green, black & gold floral decoration on spine, front/rear boards. No date, but presentation slip attached to front pastedown ("Presented by The Commissioners of Schools for the City of Halifax / To John U. Power / ? School / First Department / July, 1883.) Tissue-covered b&w frontispiece. Contents: Introduction; Wrecks of the Olden Time; An Ill-Fated Couple; Wreck of the "Halsewell"; Wreck of the "Earl of Abergavenny"; Burning of the "Kent"; Wreck of the "Rothsay Castle"; Lost on the Reef; Burning of the "Ocean Monarch"; Burning of the "Amazon"; Perils of the Scotch Coast; Wreck of the "Birkenhead"; Wrecks on the Irish Coast; Burnt at Sea; Wreck of the "Royal Charter"; Loss of the "London"; Loss of the "Captain"; Missing Ships; Wreck of the "Megaera"; Wreck of the "Northfleet"; Wreck of the "Atlantic". Light edge wear to boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, heavy browning to edges of text block, faint liquid stains and some puckering of cloth on rear board, old 1883 school presentation plate on front pastedown, very light browning to pages, three small tears and two small holes in frontispiece protective tissue, two very small glue residue marks on title page, minor soiling. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
HUNTING WITH THE ESKIMOS.  THE UNIQUE RECORD OF A SPORTSMAN'S YEAR AMONG THE NORTHERNMOST TRIBE - THE BIG GAME HUNTING, THE NATIVE LIFE, AND THE BATTLE FOR EXISTENCE THROUGH THE LONG ARCTIC NIGHT., Whitney, Harry.  Introduction by Dillon Wallace.
8 Whitney, Harry. Introduction by Dillon Wallace. HUNTING WITH THE ESKIMOS. THE UNIQUE RECORD OF A SPORTSMAN'S YEAR AMONG THE NORTHERNMOST TRIBE - THE BIG GAME HUNTING, THE NATIVE LIFE, AND THE BATTLE FOR EXISTENCE THROUGH THE LONG ARCTIC NIGHT.
Toronto Coles 1974 Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
453 pp, 8 5/8" H. Burgundy cloth with black title block, gilt lettering/banding on spine, gilt lettering/banding on front board - one of the Coles Canadian Collection. B&w photographs. A facsimile of the edition published by The Century Company, New York, 1910. "Here is an exciting episode to stir the blood of the most jaded adventure lover - a fourteen-month hunting expedition with the Eskimos of Greenland and Ellesmere Island in 1908-09. Thrilling incidents and hair-breadth escapes were the fortune of Whitney and his Eskimo guides and companions in their quest for polar bear, wolves, musk-ox, seal, and narwhal. The fast-paced, concise style makes every page absorbing reading, as he documents a life of constant battle for survival in the Arctic territory at the turn of the century. Innumerable photographs and extensive observations of the Eskimo way of life make this book a unique contribution to the early study of Arctic regions and their peoples. Breath-taking drama unfolds from the first page, when the author departs aboard Admiral Peary's exploratory sailing ship; through the last page, when an injured sailor is lost and, finally, tragically abandoned as the party leaves for home. Through the pages of this book, we discover life as it existed in the Arctic frontier of a century ago." A few tiny soiling specks on boards. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, light wrinkling at top of rear flap, minor soiling on spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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