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Farthest North
Farthest North

Farthest North

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2 volumes, octavo. Original blue-green vertical-ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, titles and pictorial block of the Fram gilt to front covers, top and fore edges untrimmed. Spines cocked, old splash staining to back cover of vol. I, short closed-tear to stub of map at end of same volume. A bright, clean copy. Etched frontispiece to volume 1, photogravure frontispiece to volume 2, title pages printed in red and black, 127 plates of which 16 in colour, 92 illustrations to the text, 4 folding colour maps; title pages printed in red and black. First edition, preceding the first Norwegian edition of the same year, of the official account of the first Fram expedition, "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM), undertaken "with the object of investigating the polar basin north of Eurasia by drifting in the ice with the currents northwest from the New Siberian Islands across or near the Pole" (Arctic Bibliography). "Nansen returned to international acclaim not only for the voyage itself but for its results, proof of a deep Arctic Ocean, free of any land masses or islands, and extensive data on magnetism, zoology, and oceanography. His account of the journey, Farthest North, was a worldwide bestseller and prepared him for an effective life of diplomacy" (Books on Ice). Farthest North is beautifully illustrated from photographs and from Nansen's own sketches, for which he "claims no artistic merit," but which are nonetheless highly atmospheric and effective. Like many of the polar books from the Heroic Age, this is a superbly produced work. Arctic Bibliography 11983; Books on Ice 5.2; Howgego, Polar, N3; Printing and the Mind of Man 384.
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