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1 Fridtjof Nansen Farthest North: The Voyage and Exploration of the Fram 1893-96
Birlinn 2002 1841582174 / 9781841582177 1st Thus Soft cover As New Book 
Illustrated card covers in As New condition. First of this edition, pp 527, b&w illustrations. In 1893 Fridtjof Nansen set off on one of the greatest journeys of exploration ever undertaken. The remarkable three-year project involved building a special ship, designed to ride out the savage pressure of the ice, to sail round the north of Russia into the Kara and Laptev Seas and then, using his intuition as to arctic currents, deliberately freeze the ship into the ice to drift towards the North Pole. From the drifting ship, Nansen and one of his men would then, using dog teams, make the last assault towards the North Pole across the pack. Characterised by Nansen's restless and endless innovation, the expedition was to be another in the litany of heroic failures. But its advances in technique, the sheer willpower that drove Nansen and Johansen, first north from the Fram and then south across the melting pack to the uncharted mass of Franz Josef Land, using sledge and kayak, under assault from walrus and polar bear and above all the temperamental and endlessly changing ice, was to light a fire of inspiration that later carried men to both North and South Pole. The first edition of Farthest North sold 40,000 copies in English on publication. One of its reviewers puts it best: 'Two things were very prominent. One was the indomitable faith of the man in himself, and the other the unanimity with which most of the best authorities believed he was going to a living grave.' Nansen had '...made the most conspicuous advance towards the Pole that has ever been made, and almost as great an advance as has been accomplished by all other voyages in the nineteenth century put together...He is a Man in a Million.' This is the only complete edition in English. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
 
 
Amid Snowy Wastes., Gordon, Seton.
2 Gordon, Seton. Amid Snowy Wastes.
Cassell & Co. Ltd. 1922 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Hardback in original publisher's dark blue cloth with illustration to front cover and spine. Very slight edge wear to cloth, some light foxing, otherwise in Very Good condition. With b&w illustrations and two maps (1 folding), pp206. Previous owner's name to front edge page. No dust wrapper. A narrative of his own personal observations and experiences, this book is the outcome of a visit to the Spitsbergen Archipelago in the summer of 1921 as photographer with the Oxford University Expedition. 
Price: 65.00 GBP
 
 
Frigid Women., Riches, Sue & Riches, Victoria.
3 Riches, Sue & Riches, Victoria. Frigid Women.
Eye Books, 2010. 9781903070741 2010 1903070740 / 9781903070741 Soft cover Very Good Book Signed by Author(s)
Illustrated card covers, some slight shelfwear but otherwise in Very Good+ condition. 2010 Edition, SIGNED BY AUTHORS, pp 227, b&w illustrations. A mother and daughter account of an adventure to the North Pole, signed by both authors. S16. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
 


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