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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to travel and exploration in the polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctica.

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  1. The Arctic Regions.
    First and only edition of this highly uncommon and highly desirable Arctic record, one of perhaps as few as 300 copies. The book forms a record of the last of seven voyages to Labrador and Greenland that Bradford sponsored or participated in during the 1860s: "all early examples of what one might call 'eco-art tourism'"(Books... Learn More
    £150,000

    Stock Code: 94428

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  2. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 112632

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  3. The Worst Journey in The World:
    First edition, in Cherry-Garrard's preferred "Polar" binding of cloth-backed boards. "Cherry-Garrard seems an unlikely hero of Antarctic exploration, but he has achieved that status largely through this book Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 111855

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  4. Under the Northern Lights.
    First edition. Uncommon, with just 10 locations on Copac. An account of the voyage made by Sir Allen William Young "with the object of assisting the government Arctic expedition which set out in May 1875 under the command of George Strong Nares. Young took his steam yacht Pandora, with a crew of thirty-one men, to Baffin... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 109127

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  5. Alone.

    Alone.

    New York: 1938

    First edition, signed limited issue, of Byrd's autobiography; number 122 of 225 copies signed by the author on the limitation page and printed on rag paper. Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1912. "In 1919 he took charge of the navigational aspects of the navy's first transatlantic... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 106610

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  6. Chasms of Silence.
    First edition, limited to 1250 copies only, this copy numbered 458 and additionally signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 104832

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  7. The Heart of the Antarctic
    First edition. Shackleton's account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907 Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 103739

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  8. Through the First Antarctic Night 1898
    First edition. Cook had previously travelled as surgeon and anthropologist on Peary's second expedition to Greenland - and had fallen out with the leader over his treatment of the Inuit and his subordinates - when he joined the Belgian Antarctic Expedition in a similar capacity. When the expedition became trapped in the... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 103716

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  9. Shackleton's Last Voyage.
    First edition. Wild had been with Scott on the Discovery, was with Mawson in 1911 Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 103756

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  10. Antarctic Adventure. Scott's Northern Party.
    First edition, first impression. Priestley served with Shackleton on his 1907-09 expedition, contributing the geological sections to The Heart of the Antarctic, and returning with Scott to Antarctica as a geologist in 1910-13. He joined the northern party under Victor Campbell. After spending 1911 at Cape Adare the six-man... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 102814

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  11. Macmillan's Colonial Library. Fridtjof Nansen's Farthest North.
    First colonial edition, uncommon, originally published in the same year by Constable. "Nansen returned [from the Arctic] 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.... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103300

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  12. In Northern Mists:
    First edition in English of this historical survey. Volume I inscribed by the Canadian Polar explorer and anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson (18791962) to British glaciologist and polar scientist Charles Swithinbank (19262014): "This great work -- the great Nansen's greatest book -- is a wedding gift to the Swithinbanks,... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 101104

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  13. Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition
    First Edition. Elisha Kent Kane (1820 Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 100141

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  14. Antarctic Expedition - Scott Memorial Plaque
    Attractive commemorative souvenir, Scott's widow herself received a silver version of the piece. The Polar scenes are based on photographs by Bowers and Ponting that appeared in issues of the Daily Mirror - the newspaper had exclusive rights to all expedition photographs - for either 12 February, the day on which Scott's... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 100744

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  15. Three Years of Arctic Service
    First edition of Greeley's account of the expedition he led into the Canadian Arctic, attractively bound. Learn More
    £825

    Stock Code: 99175

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  16. Scott memorial portrait.
    Following the announcement of the death of Scott, the photographers Maull & Fox issued an advertising leaflet; "Messrs. Maull & Fox being the proprietors of the copyright in the only photographs of the Late Captain Robert Falcon Scott, R.N., C.V.O. taken in his full dress uniform, wearing his decorations: have prepared from... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 100747

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  17. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
    First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 87741

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  18. South.
    First edition, first impression, with the three-line errata slip pasted into the gutter at page 1. "The failure of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition to even reach the Antarctic continent, much less to cross it via the South Pole, has become the great polar success story of the twentieth century" (Books on... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 88770

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  19. With the 'Aurora' in the Antarctic 1911-1914.
    First edition. An uncommon book, particularly so in the jacket. "As captain of the Aurora during Mawson's 1911-14 expedition, Davis was able to produce one of the few first-hand accounts available in print. His publishers, however, clearly had wartime difficulties with the book, most often seen today with its gilt lettering... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 88744

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  20. Shores of the Polar Sea.
    First and only edition. A sumptuous volume (Books on Ice), illustrating Nares's British Arctic Expedition 1875 Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 84181

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