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1 Cluness, A.T. THE SHETLAND ISLES. THE COUNTY BOOKS SERIES.
London Robert Hale 1951 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Fair 
308 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w photographs, fold-out map at rear. "Here is a detailed description of the islands with their headlands, skerries, tide-streams and lonely tarns; the inhabitants are more intimately and accurately analysed and depicted than ever before. The individuality of the Shetlander is well-known; here that individuality is explained. The saga of the race's endurance and successful efforts throughout the ages to wrest a livelihood from the ocean occupies a fair part of the book, while misconceptions of the Southron regarding the isles are so firmly exposed that the book will alter radically the existing ideas of both English and Scots about the islands and their inhabitants. Space has been devoted to legend and folk-lore, and philologists will find much of interest in the chapters treating of the dialect, which, the author claims, still contains the purest survivals in the British Isles of old Norn and Anglo-Saxon tongues. And throughout there is the rough of the sea, playing its part in the lives of the Shetlander, from the days when Leif the Lucky sailed past Furthurstrander to the times of the Altmark and the Hood. The ornithologist will have especial pleasure in the fine photographs of sea bird life." Light browning on endpapers, darkening to board edges, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight bump at board corners, small bump to bottom corner of most pages - heaviest on pages 225 to 240, book slightly cocked, faint tiny foxing marks on edges of text block. Dust jacket is price clipped, has archival tape down inside of rear hinge, moderate browning - mainly on rear panel, edge creasing, several small closed tears, large chips at top of spine, light edge wear, small waterstains on spine - now protected in removable mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 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.)
2 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
 
 
ATLAS OF ANCIENT & CLASSICAL GEOGRAPHY.  EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY NO. 451., Rhys, Ernest, editor.
3 Rhys, Ernest, editor. ATLAS OF ANCIENT & CLASSICAL GEOGRAPHY. EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY NO. 451.
London J.M. Dent & Sons 1933 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good 
268 pp, 6 7/8" H. Decorated endpapers and title page. Colour and b&w maps. Includes Historical Gazetteer and Index. "We begin with the voyages of the Argonauts, and the world of Homer, representing a Europe on whose outer western rim these islands lay in Cimmerian darkness, with no western hemisphere of the future Americas beyond them. The eastern survey of Herodotus, and the Eratosthenes' map which ranges from Ultima Thule in the far north to Arabia Deserta and the Indian limits, carry the record to the point where the live contact between geography and ancient history occurs. It is seen in the voyage of Nearchus who sailed as far southeast as the mouth of the Indus in 325 B.C.; and Strabo and Ptolemy bring us to the partition of the old world at the beginning of the Christian era. It was in the library of Alexandria that Eratosthenes wrote the work which began the real mapping out of the globe eith the lines of latitude and longitude. Turning to the more special maps we realize in that of Greece, as Professor Bury has shown us, how vitally its physical features affected its history and its place among the nations. We see how its ridged headland, broken by a great sea rift, and how the heights of Olympus, Ossa, and Pelion, and those of Euboea and the island chain beyond, and how again Epirus and the Pelopennesus, gave the land its mountain barriers. But finally it was the sea decided the fate of the people; they were fairly driven to seek their outlet and their defence on its waters; and the decisive factor was the Aegean, which became in a sense the fluid axis of Greek conquest, commerce, and colonial life. In the same way, it is the map that makes us aware of the effect of position in the case of an old rival to Rome like Carthage. The line-maps of the cities include Syracuse, Thebes, Babylon, Jerusalem, Tyre, Pompeii; and among the battlefields are Marathon and Salamis, Issus and Thermopylae." From the Introduction. Slight fading to spine color, very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor browning to edges of text block, small light scratch on front cover, two tiny corner bumps, book lightly cracked in several places - book very sound, line indentation with a series of tiny dints down free front endpaper - migrates into adjacent preliminary pages. Dust jacket has light fading to spine and flap-fold color, very light edge wrinkling, two tiny tears at top of spine, tiny light white mark on spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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