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The Polar Regions Catalogue 19

Welcome to the latest catalogue from Meridian Rare Books, devoted to the Polar regions and high latitudes. We are pleased to offer a range of books and ephemera. I hope that you enjoy the selection of items on offer, but if you do not find titles for which you are currently looking, please send me details and I will let you know when copies come into stock. Stuart Leggatt


1. Amundsen, Roald. The South Pole. An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the “Fram,” 1910-1912. London: John Murray; New York: Lee Kedick, 1913. £2,950 First one-volume edition. 8vo. pp. xxxv, 392, [iii-vii], 449; 12 plates of photo. illusts., one map; minor marginal age-toning, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed to the flyleaf: “General Hector with hearty thanks for all courtesy, Waldorf, Jan 30th 1925 Roald Amundsen”. Spence 21; Renard 21; Conrad p. 156; Rosove 9.C1 (“Uncommon … Printed on poor quality paper, prone to browning at the edges”). Amundsen and his companions reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911, the first ever to do so. They spent three days at the Pole, taking observations and skiing round the area to ensure they had ‘staked their claim’, before returning to their ship Fram, which they reached on January 25, 1912. Amundsen subsequently led several further expeditions, the cost of which sent him increasingly into debt, and he was eventually bankrupted. To raise funds, Amundsen in the autumn of 1924 began a lecture tour, and while in New York stayed at the Waldorf Astoria, where he inscribed this copy of his South Pole narrative.

2. Amundsen, Roald. “The North West Passage”. Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship “Gjöa” 1903-1907 by Roald Amundsen. With a Supplement by First Lieutenant Hansen, Vice-Commander of the Expedition. London: Archibald Constable and Company Limited, 1908. £375 First English edition. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. xiii, 335 & pp. ix, 397; photogravure frontis. to each, numerous b & w illusts. inc. many from photos., 3 coloured maps including 2 folding in rear pockets; good in the original green cloth, gilt, t.e.g., extensively restored to extremities. AB 402. Amundsen was the first to navigate the North-West Passage, leading a Norwegian expedition aboard the Gjöa. His account of the expedition includes descriptions of the journey itself, of the locations at which they wintered, of the Netsilik Eskimos with whom they settled in the winter of 1904-5, and of the important scientific work and discoveries they made along the way.

3. [Amundsen, Roald.] Hugo Decleir, ed. Roald Amundsen’s Belgica Diary. The First Scientific Expedition to the Antarctic. Bluntisham Books, 1999. £24.95 First English edition. 8vo. pp. v, 208; maps, illusts.; cloth, d.j., new. Amundsen’s personal diary of his first Antartic voyage, during the Belgica expedition of 1898-9.



4 4. [Amundsen, Roald.] Dagbok for Polarskibet Fram … Utgitt av Frammusseet i Anledning Nittiniårsdagen for Erobringen av Sydpolen [Logbook of the Polar Ship Fram … Published by the Fram Museum on the occasion of the ninety-ninth Anniversary of the Conquest of the South Pole]. Oslo: Frammuseet, 14 December, 2010. £295 First edition, limited to 50 copies only, each signed by Geir O. Kløver, director of the Fram Museum. 3 vols. Oblong 4to. pp. [ii], 300, [ii], 300 & [ii], 250; as new.


These volumes contain a full reproduction of the logbooks maintained aboard the Fram during Roald Amundsen’s Antarctic expedition. The first volume includes the entry for September 9th, 1910, at Madeira, when Amundsen announced his intention to sail south for the Antarctic (the original plan had been to head north). At the conclusion of the expedition the Fram returned to Hobart, and continued on to Buenos Aires, from where Amundsen intended to sail her north and attempt a drift across the Arctic Ocean in the manner that Nansen had attempted on the Fram’s first expedition. After several delays, and sailing north to the Panama Canal, the Fram was instead instructed to return home to Norway, and she reached Horten on July 16th, 1914. This reproduction contains the log from the 1910 departure to the Fram’s return in 1914, with daily entries and comments.

5. Anckarsvärd, M. G. Samling af Svenska och Norrska Utsigter tecknade efter naturen af C. J. Fahlcrantz, August och Michael Gustaf Anckarsvärd. Stockholm: Gjöthström & Magnusson, n.d. [1830-7]. £575 First edition. Folio. pp. [i, lithographed vignette title-page], 20 (description of Swedish plates), x (description of Norwegian plates); 50 lithographed plates, each with small blind-stamp to lower corner; text in Swedish; some occasional foxing, previous owner’s inkstamp to head of title-page, very good in contemporary half calf gilt, minor wear to extremities. Loosely inserted duplicate proof version on india paper of plate 1 (Norway). Schiötz 18a. The attractive lithographs in this work are taken from originals by the Swedish painters Carl Johan Fahlcrantz (1774-1861), and by the brothers Johan August and Michael Gustaf Anckarsvärd (1783-1874 and 1792-1878 respectively). Michael Anckarsvärd was also a draughtsman and lithographer, and produced this series of views in the 1830s. The lithographs are captioned in Swedish and French, and versions of the work exist with text both in Swedish and French and additional title-pages in both languages.



6. [Andrée, S. A.] ‘7183. Spitsbergen. Andrées Station paa Danskoen.’ N.p., n.d. c 1890s. £95 A photochrom print, approx. 9 x 6 1/2” (225 x 166mm), minor creasing, else very good. The Andrée expedition used as its base a location on Danes island (Danskøya, or Danskoen), off northwest Spitsbergen. Established in 1896 during the first attempt to fly by balloon, the station survived the winter and Andrée was able to use it for the launch in 1897.

7. Bagshawe, Thomas Wyatt. Two Men in the Antarctic. An Expedition to Graham Land 1920-1922 … With a Foreword by Frank Debenham. Cambridge at the University Press, 1939. £425 First edition. 8vo. pp. xxi, 292; photo. illusts., folding sheet of panoramas, map endpapers; some spotting to edges of text-block, else good in the original cloth, which is slightly darkened on spine, in the original dust-wrapper, which is frayed with a little loss to extremities, internal sellotape repairs, somewhat soiled. Renard 67; Rosove 23.A1. The British Imperial Antarctic Expedition to Graham Land failed in many of its objectives, but two members of the small team, Bagshawe and Maxine Lester, overwintered in a small hut on an island just off the Danco Coast. Years after his return, Bagshawe was persuaded by Frank Debenham to set down his experiences, and the result was the present “well-written narrative” (Rosove), which is now scarce.

8. [Balchen, Bernt.] Gunnar Lorentz & Sigge Hommerberg. Bernt Balchen den Flygande Vikingen. Malmö: A.-B. Allhem, 1945. £15

13. Bidlingmaier, F. Zu den Wundern des Südpols. Erlebnisse auf der Deutschen Südpolar-Expedition 1901-1903. Stuttgart: Steinkopf, 1905. £375

First edition. 8vo. pp. 205; photo. illusts., maps; very good in the original pictorial wrappers, slightly soiled.

First edition. Small 8vo. pp. 158; port. frontis., photo. illusts.; very good in the original burgundy cloth, lettered in white.

Balchen (1899-1973) played a major role in the development of aviation in Polar exploration, assisting in the search for the Amundsen-Ellsworth expedition and Byrd’s North Pole flight. In 1929 he took part in the first flight over the South Pole with Byrd. In WWII, his experience of Polar aviation proved valuable to the Allies’ air campaign in Scandinavia.

Denucé 2014; Rosove 42.A1.b (“Rare”). Bidlingmaier, the youngest member of the German Antarctic Expedition under Erich von Drygalski, was the magnetologist and meteorologist. “This virtually unknown book is the young man’s narrative account, with his diary entries” (Rosove). A second edition appeared in 1916, after Bidlingmaier’s death at Verdun.

9. Begbie, Harold. Shackleton. A Memory. London: Mills & Boon, [1922]. £350

14. Borkan, Brad & David Hirzel. When Your Life Depends On It. Extreme decision making Lessons from the Antarctic. Pacifica, CA: Terra Nova Press, [2017]. £12.99

First edition. 8vo. pp. 89, [16, pubs’ cat.]; previous owner’s inscription to flyleaf, else very good in the original cloth, lettered in black. Spence 114; Renard 106; Rosove 30.A1 (“Scarce”). Harold Begbie met Shackleton around 1920, and after news of Shackleton’s death on January 5th, 1922, rushed this memoir into print. He based it on his own conversations with Shackleton, and on recollections of others, but it drew severe criticism from Shackleton’s widow Emily, and was not noticed by later biographers such as Mill and Huntford. Nonetheless, Rosove credits Begbie with the creation of a “lyrical, romantic, mythic word portrait of the great explorer, the kind still widely held and cherished by Shackleton’s admirers today”.

8vo. pp. 205; illusts., sketch maps; new in original card wrappers. The authors use examples from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration to examine decision-making, and to draw lessons for use in modern personal and business life.

10. Bernacchi, L. C. Saga of the “Discovery”. London and Glasgow: Blackie & Son Limited, 1938. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. xv, 240; photo. illusts., map front endpapers, 2 folding maps, 4 sketch maps; previous owner’s inscription to flyleaf verso, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, in original d.-w., which is price-clipped, chipped to head of spine, soiling to lower cover.


Spence 129; Renard 116; Rosove 37.A1. Bernacchi’s ‘biography’ of the Discovery includes details of Scott’s first Antarctic expedition, in which Bernacchi himself participated, and of the BANZARE under Mawson.

11. [Bernacchi, Louis C.] That First Antarctic Winter. The Story of the Southern Cross Expedition of 1898-1900 as told in the diaries of Louis Charles Bernacchi. Written and edited by Janet Crawford, Grand-daughter of L.C. Bernacchi. Christchurch, New Zealand: South Latitude Research Limited, 1998. £35




First edition thus. 8vo. Original cloth in dust-wrapper; pp. 270; coloured and black & white illustrations from photographs, large folding map in pocket at rear; new. The Southern Cross expedition, funded by the publisher George Newnes and led by Carsten Borchgrevink, comprised members from several nations, including Louis Bernacchi, the Tasmanian-born physicist who was the first Australian to set foot on the Antarctic continent. His previously unpublished diaries of the expedition supplement his published account of the expedition, To the South Polar Regions (1901).

12. Bertram, Colin. Arctic and Antarctic. The Technique of Polar Travel. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., [1939]. £45 First edition. 8vo. pp. xii, [1], 125; map endpapers, 24 photo. illusts., illusts. to text; some heavy spotting throughout, good in the original cloth, gilt, rubbed, in original d.-w., which is frayed with some loss to extremities. With the clipped signature of the author to front blank (“G. C. L. Bertram”). AB 1490; Spence 131; Renard 120 (“This first edition is very scarce”). An overview of equipment and techniques as applied to travel in the Polar regions. Bertram was zoologist on the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-7.

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15. Børresen, Jacob. Med Kong Oscar II nordenfor Polar-Cirkelen 1903 [With King Oscar II north of the Polar Circle 1903]. Kristiania: Det Norske Aktieforlag, n.d. c. 1904. £125 First edition. 8vo.pp. [66]; illusts. from photo. and sketches, decorative head- and tail-pieces; very good in the original decorative cloth, gilt, slightly browned on spine and upper board. Oscar II, King of Sweden and, until 1905, of Norway, was a keen supporter of Arctic exploration; he sponsored, among others, expeditions by Nordenskiöld and Nansen. In 1903 the king and his party travelled in the Heimdal and Orion to the north coast of Norway, of which the present book, with illustrations by the artist Thorolf Holmboe, is a record.

16. Brandes, Karl. Sir John Franklin die Unternehmungen für seine Rettung und die Nordwestliche Durchfahrt. Berlin: Nicolai’schen Buchhandliung, 1854. £375

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First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 312; two folding tables, one extending map; some spotting, else very good in contemporary cloth-backed papered boards. Provenance: Bookplate of the Polar historian W. H. Hobbs. Sabin 7394; not in the AB. A contemporary overview of the Arctic expeditions of Sir John Franklin and of those involved in the search for him, this copy from the library of William Herbert Hobbs, the American geologist who led four expeditions to Greenland.

17. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. C. S. Wright. Observations on the Aurora. London: Harrison and Sons, 1921. £30 First edition. 4to. pp. viii, 46; illusts.; fine in the original printed wrappers.


Spence 1283; Renard 186; Rosove 293-5.A1. The official results of observations made by at Cape Evans and Cape Adare during Scott’s last expedition.

18. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. C. S. Wright. Determinations of Gravity. London: Harrison and Sons, 1921. £40 First edition. 4to. pp. [iii], 106; 4 plates; fine in the original printed wrappers.

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Spence 1282; Renard 186; Rosove 293-6.A1. The official results of pendulum observations made by Wright during Scott’s last expeditions, in continuation of those made by Bernacchi on the National Antarctic Expedition (1901-4) and by von Drygalski on the German Expedition of 1901.

19. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. Griffith Taylor. The Physiography of the McMurdo Sound and Granite Harbour

Region. London: Harrison and Sons, Ltd., 1922.


First edition. 4to. pp. xvi, 187, [188, blank] + 189-246 (photo. illusts.); errata slip to p. 1; illusts. and diags. to text, one folding panorama, four folding maps in rear pocket; previous owner’s inscription to flyleaf, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, a little faded on spine. Spence 1184; Renard 186; Rosove 293-7.A1. Many of the photographs that illustrate Taylor’s report, and the maps, do not feature in the official narrative, Scott’s Last Expedition. The illustrations include ten “Stereoscopic Plates”.

20. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. C. S. Wright & R. E. Priestley. Glaciology. London: Harrison and Sons, Ltd. .. for the Committee of the Captain Scott Antarctic Fund, 1922. £500

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First edition. 4to. pp. xx, 582; 179 figures inc. one folding map, 291 photo. illusts., 15 folding maps in rear pocket; very good in the original red cloth, gilt, slightly faded on spine. Spence 1284; Renard 186; Rosove 293-8.A1. The Canadian-born physicist ‘Silas’

Wright joined Scott’s expedition as glaciologist and assistant physicist. The present work is his major contribution to the scientific results of the expedition.

21. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. F. Debenham. The Physiography of the Ross Archipelago. London: Harrison and Sons, Ltd., 1923. £95 First edition. 4to. pp. xiii, 40; 12 illusts. to text, 15 plates from photos., 1 folding diag., 5 folding maps in rear pocket; very good in original printed wrappers, light discolouration to wrapper margins. Spence 356; Renard 186; Rosove 293-9.A1. Debenham, geologist on Scott’s last expedition, presents here a description of the geology of the McMurdo Sound region in the Ross Sea. The maps and illustrations which feature here in the main do not appear in Scott’s Last Expedition (1913), the official expedition account.

22. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. R. E. Priestley. Physiography (Robertson Bay and Terra Nova Bay Regions). London: Harrison and Sons, Ltd., 1923.


First edition. 4to. pp. x, 87; 87 illustrations and panoramas from photographs, 3 folding maps in rear pocket; very good in original printed wrappers, light discolouration to margins of wrapper. Spence 941; Renard 186; Rosove 293-11.A1. Priestley, who led the Northern Party during Scott’s last expedition, here presents physiographical results from the Party. The wealth of information relating to geological features is enhanced by the three excellent maps (of the Australian sector, and the bays of the title), as also by the folding panoramas and photographic illustrations.

23. British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. C. S. Wright. Physiography of the Beardmore Glacier Region. London: Harrison and Sons, Ltd. .. for the Committee of the Captain Scott Antarctic Fund, 1923. £125 First edition. 4to. pp. vi + 25; 38 illustrations and panoramas, large folding map in rear pocket; good in the original printed wrappers, a little browning to margins of wrappers (partially affecting verso of map), staples of rear pocket slightly rusted. Spence 1285; Renard 186; Rosove 293-12.A1. Wright’s contribution to the scientific reports resulting from Scott’s last expediiton includes six folding panoramas taken from E. A. Wilson’s original sketches.

24. [Bruce.] Peter Speak. William Speirs Bruce. Polar Explorer and Scottish Nationalist. National Museums of Scotland Publishing, [2003]. £15 First edition. 8vo. pp. 144; illusts., sketch maps; very good in original card wrappers, slightly soiled. A biography of Bruce based on new research, published “to commemorate the centenary anniversary in 2002 of the departure of Scotia for Antarctica” (p. 5).



25 25. Bull, Henrik J. The Cruise of the “Antarctic” to the South Polar Regions. London: Edward Arnold, 1896.


First edition. 8vo. pp. [xii], 243, 4 (ads.), 32 (ads.); 12 illustrations; a near-fine copy in the original pictorial cloth, gilt, bumped to corners. Provenance: With the 1901 ownership inscription of William Colbeck, captain of the Morning, the relief ship to Scott’s Discovery expedition 1901-4. Spence 210; Renard 219; Rosove 55.A1a. Bull’s account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition of 1894-5, sent out by Svend Foyn to investigate the region’s whaling possibilities, includes a description of the first recorded landing on the Continent at Cape Adare. Bull was one of four to do so, the others being Captian Kristensen, Borchgrevink and Captain Jensen. This copy was once in the library of William Colbeck, who was in the Antarctic on the Morning, the relief ship to Scott’s Discovery expedition; we have not been able to determine whether this book formed part of the Morning’s library.

27 26 28 26. Byrd, Richard Evelyn. Skyward. Man’s mastery of the air as shown by the brilliant flights of America’s leading air explorer. His life, his thrilling adventures, his North Pole and Trans-Atlantic flights, together with his plans for conquering the Antarctic by air. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1928. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. xv, 359; photogravure port. frontis., photo. illusts., map endpapers; marginal tear to two rear leaves, soiling to fore-edge, else a very good copy in the original blue cloth, gilt, in original dust-wrapper, which is slightly frayed and chipped.


Not in AB; Spence 223; Renard 243. Byrd’s account of his 1926 flight to the North Pole, his Transatlantic flight of the following year, and his plans for a flight to the South Pole.

27. Byrd, Richard Evelyn. Skyward. Man’s mastery of the air as shown by the brilliant flights of America’s leading air explorer. His life, his thrilling adventures, his North Pole and Trans-Atlantic flights, together with his plans for conquering the Antarctic by air. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1931. £75 11th impression. 8vo. pp. xvi, 359; frontis., 3 plates with 6 photo. illusts.; embrowning to endpapers, good in the original cloth, worn to extremities of spine. Inscribed by Byrd to half title: “To Julian Hempshill with all good wishes R. E. Byrd Sept 28, 1931.” Not in AB; Renard 246. This edition of the book was the first to contain a new introduction by Byrd (pp. xi-xiv); it also contains fewer illustrations than the earlier editions, and features no maps.

28. [Byrd, Richard. E.] E. T. Paull. Top of the World March. Descriptive March and Two Step. New York: E. T. Paull Music Co. Inc., 1926. £75 “Souvenir edition”. 4to. pp. 7; a few minor marginal tears, else very good in the original pictorial wrappers, inset port. of Byrd to upper wrapper superimposed over an image of Byrd’s plane Josephine Ford and a schematic map of the North Pole, partly split on spine. This piano sheet music celebrates Byrd’s North Pole flight of 1926.

29. Byrd, Richard Evelyn; Russell Owen. Into the Home of the Blizzard. On the Eve of His Departure for the Antarctic Commander Byrd Explains Why He Attempts the Exploration of the Frozen Continent by Air and Discusses Problems He Must Solve [and] Byrd’s Base Ship and his Antarctic Village. [New York?]: Copyright The New York Times Company and The St. Louis PostDespatch, 1928. £195



?First edition, this copy presented to Mr. & Mrs. George N. Russell, two of the expedition’s financers, and numbered 1206 of an unstated issue. 8vo. Two works printed as one volume. pp. [18] & [14]; full-page illustration of sailing ship to verso of title of first work and of “The Base on the Ice Barrier” to that of second work, vignettes depicting Antarctic scenes to foot of each page of text; minor soiling to fore-edges, else a very good copy in the original printed wrappers. Renard 242 (“scarce”); see Spence 225 for the first title. This publication contains articles reprinted from newspapers, and was presented to financial backers of Byrd’s first Antarctic expedition. Owen was the newspaper correspondent with Byrd’s expedition.

30. Byrd, Richard Evelyn. Little America. Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic. The Flight to the South Pole. New York & London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1930. £95 First edition, later issue. 8vo. pp. xvi, 422; port. frontis., photo. illusts., four maps inc. two folding; previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, very good in the original cloth, in dustwrapper, which is frayed with loss to foot of spine. Signed by Byrd to the frontispiece recto, and with a loosely inserted leaf for the “Byrd Prize Letter Contest”. Spence 228; Renard 248. An account of Byrd’s first Antarctic expedition. The dedication leaf in this copy reads ‘To My Mother Eleanor Bolling Byrd’; in the first issue of the book an ‘E.’ was inserted into the name.

31. Byrd, Richard Evelyn. Discovery. The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition. Introduction by Claude A. Swanson. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1935. £325 Limited edition, one of 500 copies signed by Byrd. 8vo. pp. xxi, [i], 405; port. frontis., photo. illusts., two maps; minor foxing, else very good and unopened in the original cloth-backed papered boards, gilt, slightly marked. Renard 255; see Spence 229 for trade edition. Byrd’s second expedition to the Antarctic in the years 1933-5 achieved many ‘firsts’: the first radio transmissions were made from Little America in 1934, the scientific team observed cosmic rays and meteors; generators were used to produce electrical power, assisting construction projects and maintenance. Byrd’s book of the expedition was issued in this well-produced limited edition, printed on fine paper and with a specially printed portrait of Byrd as frontispiece, and each signed by Byrd.

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32. [Byrd, Richard Evelyn.] Coram Foster. Rear Admiral Byrd and the Polar Expeditions. With an Account of His Life and Achievements. New York: A.L. Burt Company, 1930. £20 First edition. 8vo. pp. 287; illusts., one double-page sketch-map; minor age-toning, else good in the original cloth. Renard 552. An account of Byrd’s Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.

33. [Byrd, Richard E.] Francis Trevelyan Miller. The World’s Great Adventure. One Thousand Years of Polar Exploration including the Heroic Achievements of Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd … With Forewords by General A.W. Greely, U.S. Army, Retired, and Dr. Henry Fairfield Osborn. London: Stanley Paul & Co. (1928) Ltd., 1930. £25 First UK edition. 8vo. pp. 384; coloured frontis., numerous black & white illustrations, coloured map endpapers; a very good copy in the original blue cloth, gilt, in original decorative dust-wrapper. Spence 803. A popular account of Byrd’s flights over the North and South Poles.

34. [Byrd, Richard Evelyn.] With Byrd in the Antarctic in Picture and Story. [Buffalo and New York: J.W. Clement], n.d. [c. 1935]. £35 Square 8vo. pp. [48]; numerous illustrations from photographs; some embrowning, lower outer corners chipped with loss, good in the original printed wrappers titled “The Romance of Antarctic Adventure”. Renard 258; not in Spence or Conrad. This celebration of Byrd’s Second Antarctic Expedition (1933-5) reprints from the New York Times “Alone - in the Antarctic Night” by Dr. Thomas C. Poulter, Byrd’s second-in-command. Many of the illustrations show images from the expedition, including the use of products advertised in the booklet by their manufacturers.

35. [Byrd, Richard E.] Admiral Byrd in his own Story of New Discoveries and Conquests in Antarctica … with Motion Pictures. N.p, n.d. c. 1935. £95 A programme cut in the form of a globe, approx. 23 cm. diameter, 4pp., text headed ‘Conquering the Antarctic’ to central pages with photo. illusts., self-wrappers with portrait of Byrd on front superimposed on a sketch map of the globe showing his flights to the Arctic and the Antarctic, rear cover with further images and newspaper headlines; central crease, else in very good condition. A nicely produced programme for the film of Little America II screened at the Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, with tickets prices printed to the upper wrapper.



36. [Campbell, Victor.] H. G. R. King, ed. The Wicked Mate. The Antarctic Diary of Victor Campbell. An Account of the Northern Party on Captain Scott’s last expedition from the original manuscript in the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Bluntisham Books, 2001. £24.95 Reprint. 8vo. pp. 192; illusts.; original cloth, d.j., new.

37. [Canada.] ‘The Emigrant’s Guide.’ London: O. Hodgson, 10 Cloth Fair, n.d. c. 1830s. £650 A hand-coloured satyrical caricature, image size approx. 11 x 8” (28 x 20cm.), overall size 11 1/2 x 9” (30 x 23cm), trimmed to ?plate mark, sometime contained in an album and now with adhesion marks to verso at corners, else in very good condition with bright colouring. This satyrical print targets the reception of immigrants in Canada during the 1830s. The image shows an icy and mountainous landscape with a figure identified as Jack Frost, clad in Arctic gear and with snow shoes worn back-to-front; he greets a slight and ill-dressed immigrant who is laden with a pack labelled “Silk Stockings Kid Gloves Soda Water”. The inadequacy of the immigrant’s supplies are underlined by the various signs that surround them, which read for instance “Fine Land for Turnips - if you can plough it” and “Travellers taken in and Done for”. Some flying geese comment “Quack Quack Who’s a goose now”, and a bear emerges from the right of the image to underline the dangers of life in Canada. The publisher, Orlando Hodgson, was responsible for other satyrical prints of the day, as well as for a pirated edition of John Ross’s narrative of his second Arctic expedition. We can locate only a single other copy of the print, in the Coverdale Collection (Library and Archives Canada).


38. Charcot, J.-B. Journal de l’Expedition Antarctique Française 1903-1905. Le “Français” au Pôle Sud … Préface par l’Admiral Fournier … Suivi d’un exposé de quelques-uns des travaux scientifiques par les membres de l’état-major MM. Matha, Rey Pléneau, Turquet, Gourdon, Charcot. Paris: Ernest Flammarion, [1906]. £750 First edition. Royal 8vo. pp. [xiv], XXXVII, 486, [1, colophon]; numerous mostly photo. illusts., a few diagrams, 4 sketch maps, one folding map loosely inserted; slight age-toning to margins, else very good in the original wrappers, somewhat chipped, minor loss to head of spine, creased on spine, small spot to rear wrapper. Denucé 2385; Spence 253; Renard 300; Rosove 60.A1.c (“map laid in loose”); Taurus 54. The first French Antarctic Expedition, led by Charcot, began as a search for Nordenskjöld, from whose Swedish Antarctic Expedition there had been no word in the spring of 1903. However, on reaching Buenos Ayres and finding that the Swedish expedition had returned safely, Charcot continued to the Palmer Archipelago and the Graham Land Coast. There, in spite of damage sustained by the Français, the expedition succeeded in discovering 620 miles of new coast and islands, making an accurate map of the Graham Land Archipelago and taking numerous scientific observations.


39. Charcot, J.-B. 2me Expédition Antarctique Française Commandée par le Dr. J. Charcot. [Paris: Imprimerie Hemmerlé et Cie.], n.d. c. ?1910.


?First and only edition. Oblong 8vo. pp. 32; sketch map, 85 photo. illusts.; minor foxing, else very good in the original printed wrappers. A presentation copy, inscribed on title-page to “Monsieur le Medecin Général Negretti, bien cordial et respectueuse hommage J. Charcot Cherbourg 1919”. Not in Denucé, Spence, Renard, Rosove or Taurus, but cf. Rosove 62 and Taurus 53 for a similar publication relating to the first Charcot Antarctic expedition. This unrecorded booklet of the second French Antarctic expedition seems to have been produced as a form of keepsake. The title-page has a printed header that reads “Offert à M.” with the dedication completed by hand. This copy was presented by Charcot to Antoine François Négretti (1860-1924), a Marine doctor who later in his career lived in Cherbourg. According to the title-page, the booklet was produced in a very limited (“très limité”) print run, using illustrations that had appeared in Charcot’s narrative of the expedition (Le Pourquoi-Pas? dans L’Antarctique, 1910). A map of the expedition’s route appears on the verso of the title-page, followed by a 2pp. resumé of the expedition, and a list of the crew. The remainder of the booklet comprises illustrations captioned in French. No copy of the work is listed on Worldcat or in any of the relevant bibliographies.





40. [Charcot, Jean-Baptiste.] Jean-Baptiste Charcot 1867-1936. Paris: Yacht Club de France, 1937. £500

43. Clutterbuck, Walter J. The Skipper in Arctic Seas. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1890. £575

First edition, one of 900 copies from a total issue of 950. Large 8vo. pp. 332, [1, colophon], [32, ads.]; photo. illusts., maps and diagrams to text; spotting to foreedge, foxing to ads. at rear, bumped to corners, else very good in the original printed pictorial wrappers, slightly soiled, creased vertically on spine.

First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 271; photo. plates and illusts., one folding map; W. H. Smith Subscription Library label to front pastedown, very good in the original decorative cloth, slightly bubbled on upper cover.

Apparently not in the AB; Spence 264; Rosove 69.A1 (“Scarce”). This memorial production celebrates the achievements of the pre-eminent French Polar explorer. Charcot made his name as leader of the two French Antarctic expeditions. In the 1920s and 1930s he undertook expeditions to the Greenland seas, initially in the search for Amundsen and others missing from the Italia expedition, but later for other purposes. He died aboard the Pourquoi-Pas? off Iceland in 1936. The present volume has become uncommon, particularly so in the original wrappers.

41. Charcot, Jean-Baptiste. Towards the South Pole aboard the Francais. The First French Expedition to the Antarctic 1903-1905. Bluntisham Books, 2004. £45 First English edition. 8vo. pp. liv, 247; illusts., sketch map; original pictorial boards, new. The first English translation of Charcot’s account of the first French Antarctic expedition.

42. Christensen, Lars. Ma Derniere Expedition aux Regions Antarctiques (1936-1937). Oslo: Johan Grundt Tanum, 1938. £150 First edition in French. 8vo. pp. 16; port. frontis., 5 leaves of photo. illusts., map endpapers; good in the original striped boards, paper lettering piece to upper cover, minor wear to spine, a little browning to spine partially affecting occasional inner margins internally. With a presentation inscription from Hans Bogen to the newspaper editor Erling Bühring-Dehli dated 12/1 1950, presented by BühringDehli the next day to the shipping agent, journalist and jazz pianist Victor Schlytter. Taurus 126; not in Spence or Renard. Christensen financed a series of expeditions to the Antarctic between 1927 and 1937. This lecture, which describes his last season - when he was accompanied by his wife - was published in Norwegian and also translated into French and English. This copy was later presented by Hans Bogen, a Sandfjord shipping owner who in 1955 published an appreciation of Christensen on his 70th birthday.

AB 3235; Holland Arctic Exploration p. 359. The author and a friend chartered a boat from Peterhead, Scotland, for a sporting trip to Spitsbergen. They sailed to Jan Mayen, hunting seal, and continued to the west coast of Spitsbergen, where they hunted reindeer, and shot a polar bear. Clutterbuck’s narrative, written in a light style, also relates incidents on board the ship, and concludes with a brief chapter on whales.

44. Cook, Frederick A. ‘Two Thousand Miles in the Antarctic Ice: First experience of a South Pole winter - Adventures of the latest Antarctic explorers.’ An article in The Windsor Magazine, vol. XI, December 1899 to May 1900, pp. 719-734. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1900. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. vi, 754; sketch map and photo. illusts. to Cook’s article, illusts. to other articles throughout; very good in the original pictorial cloth, gilt. Denucé 2182; not in Spence. Cook both wrote the text of, and supplied the photographs for, this sketch of the Belgian Antarctic expedition (1898-9). It is not clear whether the appearance of this article preceded the publication of Cook’s account of the expedition in Through the First Antarctic Night (1900).

45. [Cook and Peary.] At the Pole with Cook and Peary. A Pictorial Record of the most Important and Sensational Geographical Discovery of Recent Times. Portland, Maine: L.H. Nelson Company, 1909. £75 ?First edition. Oblong 8vo. pp. [32]; map inside front wrapper, 30 photo. illusts.; very good in the original printed and partly coloured wrappers, which are browned, upper wrapper with vertical crease. An ephemeral item celebrating the Cook and Peary attainments of the North Pole. The illustrations are copyright Underwood & Underwood, better known as producers of stereoviews.


46. [Cook and Peary.] A complete set of postcards illustrating the North Pole expeditions of Frederick Cook and Robert Peary. Kawin & Co., Chicago, 1909. £500 50 cards in all, captioned to recto of each image, numbered and with descriptive text to verso, postally unused, one or two corners creased, overall a very good set.


Cheren & Grainger pp. 51-3. A scarce complete set. Kawin & Co. produced perhaps one of the most extensive series relating to the Cook & Peary North Pole expeditions. The lower number cards reprint photographic illustrations, but as the series progresses these are succeeded by images taken from sketches, though no illustrator is identified. The subjects include President Roosevelt and Peary at the latter’s departure, Peary in his Library, “Dr. Cook’s Eskimo Bodyguard”, and the like.

47. [Cresswell, Samuel Gurney (1827-1867).] ‘To Samuel Gurney Cresswell, Esqe. R.N. of H.M.S. Investigator. This Engraving of the Presentation of the Adddress of the Mayor, Corporation & Burgesses of King’s Lynn on his return from the Arctic Regions, being the first person to have traversed the North West Passage, is most respectfully dedicated by his obedient, faithful, Servant, Henry Ladbrooke.’ King’s Lynn: Thew & Son; London: Ackermann & Co., n.d. c. 1855. £650 A fine coloured lithograph, image approx. 15 x 10” (38 x 26cm.), overall size approx. 19 x 14” (49 x 36cm.), printed by Day & Son; marginal tears to lower magin (just reaching, but not affecting, descriptive text), else in very good condition.



Samuel Cresswell was born in King’s Lynn, and in the search for Franklin he was appointed Second Lieutenant and ship’s artist aboard H.M.S. Investigator under Robert M’Clure. When the Investigator became stuck in the ice, Cresswell twice escorted some of the sickly men from the ship to seek assistance, first from Henry Kellett aboard the Resolute moored off Melville Island, and later on Beechey Island. Cresswell subsequently brought back to England news of the crossing of the North West Passage, and indeed Cresswell himself was the first naval man to do so. The present plate commemorates his return to King’s Lynn, where he was fêted by the townspeople; the scene was captured by the local artist Henry Ladbrooke. The print was published in both a coloured and an uncoloured version; both are uncommon.

48. Cunningham, Robert O. Notes on the Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and West Coast of Patagonia made during the Voyage of H.M.S. “Nassau” in the years 1866, 67, 68, & 69. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871. £475 First edition. 8vo. pp. xvii, 517; folding map, frontis. and four other tinted lithos., 16 natural historical b&w lithos.; some heavy foxing to tinted lithos. (as usual), else VG in the original cloth, gilt, small dent to upper board.


Spence 331. The H.M.S. Nassau survey expedition of 1866-9, commanded by Richard Mayne, included the Scottish naturalist Robert Oliver Cunningham on the scientific staff. Recommended to the position by J. D. Hooker, Cunningham had a particular interest in birds, but also collected botanical specimens, and fossils at the request of Charles Darwin (who had himself visited the area on the Beagle in the 1830s). Cunningham’s informal journal of the expedition includes details of the specimens collected, but also of his experiences of the expedition, with descriptions of the region and its peoples.

49. Dainelli, Giotto. ‘The Geographical Work of H.R.H. the Late Duke of the Abruzzi.’ Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, vol. LXXXII no. 1, July 1933.  £45 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 15; 6 photo. illusts.; minor spotting, good in the original printed wrappers, a little soiled. An overview of the explorations of the Duke, who undertook expeditions to the great ranges of the world (Mount St. Elias, K2, Ruwenzori), and achieved a farthest north on the Stella Polare in 1900. The article offers a transcript of Dainelli’s lecture to the RGS, as well as of contributions by James Wordie and Martin Conway in the discussion that followed.

50. Davis, John King. With the ‘Aurora’ in the Antarctic 1911-1914. Bluntisham Books, 2007. £27.50 Reprint of the 1919 first edition. 8vo. pp. xxxiii, 183; illusts., sketch maps; folding map; original pictorial boards, new. Davis was the captain of the Aurora, the relief ship on Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition (1907-09), Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14), and Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17).

51. [Davis, John King.] Louise Crossley, ed. Trial By Ice. The Antarctic Journals of John King Davis. Bluntisham Books, 1997. £29.95 First edition. 8vo. pp. vii, 203; illusts., maps; original cloth, d.j., new.

First edition, one of 150 copies for the “Special Edition”. 4to. pp. [8], 368; illusts., maps; as new in original cloth-backed boards, gilt, in the original slipcase. In 1880, Conan Doyle - later to become the creator of the Sherlock Holmes stories - sailed as a ship’s surgeon aboard the Arctic Whaler Hope from Peterhead into northern waters. This is the first publication of his diary, which contains a high quality reproduction of the original journals together with an annotated transcription.

56. Edwards, Deltus Malin. The Toll of the Arctic Seas. London: Chapman & Hall, Limited, 1910. £75 First UK edition. 8vo. pp. x, 449; numerous illusts., many from photos., one folding map on glossy paper, three sketch maps; neat repair to one fold of map, else very good in the original cloth, minor wear to extremities. AB 4335. An overview of seventeen major explorers of the Arctic, from Barents to Peary, with an emphasis on the lives lost in the cause of exploration.

57. [Egede, Hans, etc.] Lives of Missionaries. Greenland. Hans Egede. Matthew Stach, and his associates. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, n.d. c. 1863. £50 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. 224; frontis. and other illusts.; very good in original cloth, gilt, rubbed and marked, small split in cloth to head of lower joint. The book covers Egede to p. 88, and then follows an account of Stach and “the Founders of the Moravian Missions in Greenland and Labrador”.

The first appearance of Davis’ journals.

52. Debenham, Frank. In the Arctic. Tales Told at Tea-Time. Ed. Barbara Debenham. The Erskine Press, 1997. £12


First edition. 8vo. pp. [xix], 124; illusts., sketch maps; as new in the original cloth, gilt. Debenham was the first director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, a position he kept until his retirement in 1946. The stories that make up the present work were written as his way of remembering some of the people - explorers, staff, research students - who passed through SPRI during his time as director, including Gino Watkins.

53. Debenham, Frank. In the Antarctic. Stories of Scott’s Last Expedition. The Erskine Press, 1998. £12 Reprint edition [1st pub. 1952]. 8vo. pp. [vi], 146; illusts., maps endpapers; as new in the original cloth, gilt. Debenham was a junior member of Scott’s last expedition, and did not think it appropriate to write his own narrative of the expedition. However, in later years he was persuaded to put together this book of anecdotes and recollections of the lighter side of the tragic expedition. This is a reprint of the original 1952 edition.



54. Dithmer, Elisabeth. Sandheden om Nobile. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson in memoriam. Copenhagen: V. Thaning & Appels Forlag, 1932. £50 First collected edition. 8vo.pp. viii, 65; very good in the original card wrappers, which are a little chipped and soiled. Inscribed by author at front “Med vennlig Hilsen fra Elisabeth Dithmer”. AB 3975, collecting AB3971-4. This volume collects four articles by Dithmer which defend Nobile against attacks on him by Roald Amundsen and others. Both this Danish edition and the English translation - which appeared as The Truth About Nobile in 1933 - are uncommon.

55. Doyle, Arthur Conan. ‘Dangerous Work.’ Diary of an Arctic Adventure. Ed. John Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower. London: The British Library, 2012. £125

57 56

Spence 456; Renard 519. This is effectively a reprint of Fanning’s Voyages round the World (1833), and describes his experiences in the Pacific and the Antarctic from 1792 to 1817, with details of voyages by others into the 1820s.

59. Farquhar, Francis Peloubet & Garfield Merner. Flight to the North Pole 24 August 1949. San Francisco: [Grabhorn Press], 1950. £50 First edition. 8vo. pp. 14, [1, colophon]; very good in the original printed wrappers. The authors took part in a flight over the pole with the 375th Reconnaissance Squadron aboard a B-29 airplane. On the return trip the number 3 engine lost its oil, so “The return was not uneventful.” This Grabhorn Press publication also reprints excerpts from Hakluyt and Frobisher in black letter text.

59 58 58. Fanning, Edmund. Voyages & Discoveries in the South Seas 17921832. Salem, Mass.: Marine Research Society, 1924. £45 First edition thus. 8vo. pp. xvi, 335; 32 plates, map endpapers; some foxing, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed and darkened on spine.

60. Ford, C. Reginald. Antarctica. Leaves from a Diary kept on board an Exploring Vessel. Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin, N.Z., Melbourne & London: Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, n.d. c. 1906. £25 Reprint of the first edition. 8vo. pp. 31; 13 illusts.; as new in the original pictorial wrappers, contained with related ephemera in the original lidded box with reproduction of upper wrapper to lid. This is a facsimile reprint of Ford’s scarce booklet.


61. Forster, Johan Georg Adam. Georg Forster … vom Brodbaum. N.p. [?Kassel], 1784.


First edition. 8vo. pp. [ii], 47; 2 engraved plates of seeds; a little spotting or foxing, ownership inscription of E. Nolte, 1817, to flyleaf, MS correction to pp. 37 & 40 and annotation to rear blank, else good in contemporary half calf, a little wear to spine. Pritzel Thesaurus Literaturae Botanicae Omnium Gentium 2974; not in other relevant bibliographies. Georg Forster and his father Johann joined Cook’s second voyage (1772-5) as scientists. The present work on the bread-fruit tree draws on Forster’s observations made during the voyage, together with information gleaned from other authorities. Forster taught as professor of natural history at the Collegium Carolinum, Kassel, from 1778, and his treatise on the bread-fruit tree seems to have been published in Kassel, probably in a small print run. The work also appears to have been printed in two versions, the first as per the present example, the other with the title Geschichte und Beschreibung des Brodbaums, the text otherwise similar but with several additional paragraphs running from p. 47 to p. 48 (the words “Gedruckt zu Cassel, in der Hofbuchdruckerey, 1784” are printed at the foot of the title-page); either version is very scarce. (Both versions can be found at the Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, with online texts available for comparison.) The work subsequently was printed in the Magazin für Wissenschaften und Litteratur (1785), and also collected in Forster’s Kleine Schriften (1803).

62. [Franklin Land expeditions.] Arctic Travels; or, An Account of the Several Land Expeditions to Determine the Geography of the Northern Part of the American Continent. London: Printed for C. J. G. and F. Rivington, Boooksellers to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1831. £175 First London edition. 12mo. pp. [iv], 173,[1]; frontis., two plates; presentation inscription to flyleaf, very good in contemporary quarter roan with papered boards by John Bird, Bookbinder, Hatton Garden, London, gilt, slight wear to paper of one corner. This volume, written for a young audience, was first published the previous year in Dublin by the Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland. It relates details of Franklin’s Arctic land expeditions of 1819, to Coppermine River, and of 1825-7.

63. [Franklin, Sir John, 1786-1847.] A cheque, drawn on The Van Diemen’s Land Bank, signed by Franklin, dated 4th January, 1843.  £500 A pre-printed cheque, approx. 6 x 4” (15 x 10cm.), completed by hand and signed by Franklin, the name crossed through, minor age-toning else very good. Sir John Franklin held the office of Lieutenant -Governor of Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) from 1836 to 1843. This cheque, made payable to “ABC”, for the sum of “Four Pounds 11’/6d”, has been signed by Franklin, and subsequently cancelled by crossing through his signature. The money seems to have been paid by the bank to the bearer. Franklin remained in Hobart for another eight months, until his recall to Britain in August.

64. [Franklin searches.] George Baxter. [The Arctic Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin.] [George Baxter, 1850]. £275

65. [Franklin searches.] George Baxter. [The Arctic Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin.] [George Baxter, 1850]. £95

Baxter process colour print, size 155 x 203 mm., minor spotting, mounted (?as issued), soiling to the mount.

An uncoloured Baxter print, size 148 x 203 mm., a little foxing, mounted (?as issued), a little creased to mount partly affecting image.

Mitzman George Baxter and the Baxter Prints, no. 193. This uncommon print shows a group of sailors on the ice being attacked by two polar bears, with the expedition ships ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Investigator’ in the background - the ships were then engaged in the search for the lost Franklin expedition. Most copies we have

This is an uncoloured version of the previous item, and shows the plate before the application of the Baxter colour process.

seen are usually faded, but the colours here are still bright.





67 66. [Franklin searches.] John Benjamin Dancer. ‘The Arctic Council discussing the Plan of Search for Sir John Franklin.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1850s. £100 A microphotograph, mounted on a glass slide flanked by printed labels, one label slightly chipped (just touching text), else very good. Dancer was an optician and microscope maker, and the inventor or microphotographs. Stephen Pearce’s painting, which forms the subject of this slide, was commissioned by Col. John Barrow; it shows the thirteen members of the so-called Arctic Council, a group that included Back, Parry, Ross, Sabine and others, formed to discuss strategies in the search for Franklin.


67. [Franklin, Sir John.] A Goss ware miniature vase with the crest of Sir John Franklin. W. H. Goss, n.d. c. 1900. £95 A small china vase, approx. height 2” (5cm.) and diameter 1 1/2” (4cm.), gilded lip, crest of Sir John Franklin in colour transfer with caption “From a Brass in Parish Church Spilsby”, Goss’s mark to base with additional caption “Model of Vase at Botanic Gardens, Southport”; slight loss of gilt to lip, else very good. W. H. Goss produced small china souvenirs from his pottery in Stoke-on-Trent for distribution in different towns around Britain. This souvenir vase features the crest of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who was born in Spilsby.

68. Fries, Th. M. Adolk Erik Nordenskiöld och hans upptäcksfärder 18581879 jemte en lefnadsteckning af ångaren Vegas chef Kapten Louis Palander. Tvenne uppsatser. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers, [1880]. £50 First edition. 12mo. pp. [ii], 44; port. frontis., illusts. to text, one double-page map; slight browning to text, final leaf stained to upper margin, else good in the original printed wrappers, slightly chipped, contemporary ownership inscription to upper wrapper. A popular account, by the Arctic explorer Theodor M. Fries, of Nordenskiöld’s voyages aboard the Vega in search of a northeast passage, followed by a biography of the Vega’s captain, Palander.

69. Fuchs, Sir Vivian & Sir Edmund Hillary. The Crossing of Antarctica. The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1958. London: Cassell, 1958. £275 First edition. 8vo. pp. xv, 338; col. and b & w illusts., sketch maps; very good in the original cloth, d.-w., which is slightly browned on spine. Pasted to flyleaf is a sheet of NZS Co R.M.S. “Rangitoto” letterhead signed by Fuchs and expedition members David L. Pratt, David Stratton, John Lewis, Geoff Pratt, Hal Lister, George W. Marsh, Peter D. Weston, Allan F. Rogers, Ken Blaiklock, Ralph A. Lenton, Roy Homard, Ellis Williams, and Gordon M. Haslop.



Spence 490; Renard 567. This is the leader’s account of the first crossing of the Antarctic. The British expedition members returned from the Antarctic via New Zealand aboard the R.M.S. “Rangitoto”, and the team members signed the sheet of letterhead included with this copy. (Hillary and other New Zealand members of the team did not continue to Britain after the close of the expedition.)

70. [Fuchs.] [Goldsmith, Rainer.] Anthea Arnold. Eight Men in a Crate. The ordeal of the Advance Party of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1957. Based on the diary of Rainer Goldsmith. Bluntisham Books, 2007. £12.75 First edition. 8vo. pp. 133, [9, ads.]; coloured photo. illusts., sketch maps; original wrappers, new. The story of the advance party, which - in carrying out its task of laying depots for Hillary’s attempt at a crossing of the Antarctic - nearly came to grief.

71. [Fuchs.] [Hillary, Edmund.] Thomson, John. Climbing the Pole. Edmund Hillary and the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-57. The Erskine Press, 2010. £15 First edition. 8vo. 168pp; photo. illusts., maps; new in original card wrappers. In 1957, Edmund Hillary raced his expedition leader, Vivian Fuchs, to the South Pole for reasons that were never fully explained. Thomson - also author of Elephant Island & Beyond – the Life and Diaries of Thomas Orde Lees - here examines archival and other evidence in explanation of Hillary’s decision.

72. Gerlache de Gomery, Adrien de. Fifteen Months in the Antarctic. Bluntisham Books, 1998. £37.50 First English edition. 8vo. pp. xxii, xxx, 202; illusts., maps; original cloth, gilt, new. Gerlache de Gomery led the Belgica expedition to the Antarctic in 1898-9. This is his account, first published in 1902 and never before translated into English.

73. [German Antarctic Expedition 1938-39.] Cornelia Lüdecke & Colin Summerhayes. The Third Reich in Antarctica. The German Antarctic

Expedition 1938-39. Bluntisham Books/Erskine Press, 2012.


First edition. Large 8vo. pp. viii, 254, [5, Index]; illusts., maps; new in original cloth, d.j. The German Antarctic Expedition aboard the Schwabenland was a Nazi attempt to claim large sections of Antarctica for the Reich, aimed to extend the areas in which the German whaling fleet could operate and thus reduce German reliance on imports. Its exploration of Dronning Maud Land resulted in new discoveries, and the present work is the first major account of the expedition to appear in English.

75. Gran, Tryggve. Hvor Sydlyset Flammer. Leir- og Ekspeditionsliv paa Antarktis. Dagboksoptegnelser fra Scotts Ekspedition … Kristiania og København: Gyldendalske, 1915. £295 First edition. 8vo. pp. 211, [1, contents]; sepia portrait of Gran, port. of Scott, illusts. to text, one folding map, one map in pocket at rear; slight age-toning to contents, else very good in the original olive-green cloth, lettered in black, slightly faded on spine, which is a little chipped at head. Spence 523; Rosove 153.A2 (“Standard Paper Edition”). Gran was the skiing instructor on Scott’s last expedition, and was a member of the party that discovered the bodies of Scott and his colleagues. This is the first appearance of his expedition diary, which was not translated into English until 1984 (The Norwegian with Scott).



74. [Goodsell, Dr. J. W.] With Peary on the Dash for the Pole. [Pittsburgh: A. W. McCloy], n.d. c. 1909. £150 A lecture programme, approx. 8 x 11” (205 x 280mm); 4pp.; photo. illusts. and one sketch map, in very good condition with, loosely inserted, a 4pp. leaflet entitled ‘“With Peary in the Dash for the Pole” Biographical Sketch and Comment”. John W. Goodsell was surgeon aboard the Roosevelt on Peary’s 1908-9 attempt on the North Pole. A resident of New Kensington, PA, Goodsell lectured to the Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh in February 1912, and probably gave further lectures on other occasions. These two pieces of ephemera relating to the lectures give details of the expedition, and of Goodsell himself. The inserted leaflet also provides some comment on the Cook-Peary controversy.

76. Great Britain. Parliament. Anno vicesimo octavo Georgii II Regis. An Act for continuing, explaining and amending, the several Acts of Parliament made for the further Encouragement of the Whale Fishery carried on by His Majesty’s Subjects; and to authorize the Payment of the Bounty to Thomas Hood and others, upon Three Ships fitted out for the said Fishery, and lost in the Greenland Seas. London: Printed by Thomas Baskett, 1755. £50 Folio. pp. [437]-444; generic title with woodcut royal coat-of-arms, caption title with woodcut; slight embrowning, closed tear to inner margin of second leaf of text, disbound. An act that continues previous Acts on whaling in the Greenland seas, with discussion of bounties payable, and of the particular cases of ships belonging to Thomas Hood, James Manbey, and Leonard Bowles, each of whom lost ships in the Greenland Seas.

77. [Greely Arctic Expedition.] Greely Relief Expedition. Reception of Lieut. A. W. Greely, U.S.A., and his Comrades, and of the Arctic Relief Expedition, at Portsmouth, N. H., on August 1 and 4, 1884. Account prepared at the request of the Navy Department by Rev. Wm. A. McGinley, of Portsmouth. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884. £750 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. 58; very good in original printed wrappers, worn on spine with tear to rear wrapper; together with with a group photograph of the members of the Greely Arctic Expedition by H.P. Macintosh, Newburyport, Mass., approx. 6 x 5”, mounted on card, showing the expedition members in civilian dress, each identified in the margin, worn with crack to upper left corner; also with another photograph of ‘Survivors of the Greeley Arctic Exploring Expedition’ by A. W. Anderson, approx. 6 1/2 x 4 1/4”, each member identified to foot, scorch marks to image at upper margin; and with a note signed by Greel, approx. 4 3/4 x 3 1/2, which reads “For the Clover Club Official Dinner with wishes for its success A. W. Greely, U.S. Army, Mch 8, 1888”. Not traced in any of the standard bibliographies. The U.S. International Polar Year Expedition of 1881-4, led by Adolphus Greely, reached Lady Franklin Bay in August 1881


and established a scientific station. The failure of supply ships to reach the expedition during the next 2 years forced Greely to abandon the station and retreat to Cape Sabine. The resulting loss of many on the expedition sent a shock wave through America and interested parties elsewhere in the world. The present work offers a full description of the official reception given to the surviving members of the expedition. A 15000-strong crowd turned out to view a procession of some 2000 men past a stand on which the survivors were seated. The proceedings continued in the Music Hall, in which a series of addresses was made to resounding applause. These included a letter read out on behalf of Greely (understandably still too weak to do so himself), and an address by Commander Schley who rescued the survivors. The accompanying photographs show the expedition members before and after departure.


20 78 78. [Greely. Trade Card.] ‘Lieut. Greeley [sic] arrives at the North Pole.’ Boston: George H. Walker & Co., n.d. c. 1880. £195 A large chromolithographed trade card, approx. 255 x 105mm., advertising “Taunton Iron Works Co., Taunton, Mass. U.S.A.”, “Shaker and New Tarriff Ranges” printed at top left, captioned at right of image, advertising text to verso, central vertical crease, else VG. An unusually large trade card showing members of the Greely expedition warming themselves at a stove near the North Pole.

79. [Greenland. Danish Proclamation.] Placat, angaaende SkifteForvaltningen i Grønland [Notice concerning probate administration in Greenland]. Kiobenhavn: Hopffner, [1791]. £50 A bifolium, title printed to p. 1, and text to p. 3, contemporary annotation to final leaf, somewhat stained and creased. A proclamation, issued by the Danish Chancellor C. v. Brandt for the King, appointing the existing Trade inspectors in Greenland as probate executors.

80. Grinnell, Henry (1799-1874). A letter, signed, from Grinnell to Capt. Goodenough, R.N., 17 Bond Street, 19th April 1864.  £150 8vo. 1p., written in a neat hand, signed ‘Henry Grinnell’, with the original handaddressed envelope (torn across front).




Grinnell was a businessman who, on retirement in 1850, sponsored a series of Arctic expeditions, initially in the search for Sir John Franklin. In the present letter, he writes: “Dear Sir, I send the Book and one of the papers I spoke to you about. The one covering Mr Long’s speech could not be obtained. When you have quite finished the Book, will you be so kind as to send it to my son as directed. Accept my best wishes for a pleasant voyage and your future prospects. With great regards I am Your Friend Henry Grinnell.” Grinnell’s correspondent was the British naval officer James Graham Goodenough (1830-1875), who at the time of the letter was in North America on an information-gathering missions to assess the ships and guns in use during the American Civil War.

81. Hanssen, Helmer Voyages of a Modern Viking. George Routledge & Sons Ltd. 1936. £275 First English edition. 8vo. pp. x, 216; 6 plates from photos., one double-page map of the Arctic; some spotting or foxing, else good in the original cloth, in the original d.-w., which has some fraying to extremities with loss. AB 6622; Not in Spence; Renard 649; Rosove 159.A1 (“Uncommon. Dust-wrapper scarce”). Hanssen accompanied Amundsen on the Gjoa expedition through the North West Passage, and also on his expedition to the South Pole.



82. Hermelo, Ricardo S., Jose M. Sobral and Felipe Fliess. When the Corvette Uruguay Was Dismasted: The Return of the Uruguay from the Antarctic in 1903. Trans. Gricelda and Lawrence Perales; ed. Michael H. Rosove. Santa Monica, California: Adélie Books, 2004. £35 First English ed. 8vo (approx. 26.7 cm). pp. xii, 24; colour frontispiece; new in quarter violet-blue cloth with papered patterned boards, printed paper spine label. The Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-4, under the leadership of Otto Nordenskjöld, was rescued by the Argentinean relief vessel Uruguay. The ship was severely damaged in a storm north of the South Shetland Islands, and just what transpired between the Argentinean and Swedish staffs became a matter of intriguing controversy and pride for the Argentineans. The present work is the first translation of a rare publication, Cuando la Corbeta Uruguay Quedo Desarbolada (Buenos Aires: 1946), that brought the controversy to light.

83. Hobbs, William Gerbert. Engineering and Polar Exploration. A Sketch of the Career of the Great Engineer-Explorer, Robert E. Peary, with its Lessons for the Young Engineer. [Portland, Maine: The Seavey Company], n.d. [1929]. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. 19; very good in the original printed wrappers, some time extracted from a bound volume with chipping to spine. Hobb’s talk was a Commencement Day address delivered on June 14, 1929, at the Worcester Polytechnic Iinstitute.

84. [Hull.] The Trade and Commerce of Hull: and its Ships and Shipowners, Past and Present. Reprinted from the Eastern Morning News. Hull: W. Hunt, 1878. £150 Second edition. 8vo. pp. [i], 147, xxv (Appendix); very good in the original clothbacked printed papered boards, very discoloured, worn to lower outer corners. An uncommon work on the fishing boats and whalers of Hull. Though predominantly concerned with coastal vessels, the book contains a history of the trade (with sections on whaling expeditions from the 16th century onwards), lists of vessels for the years 1820 and 1844, and details of the 1836 disaster when three Hull ships were lost in the ice of Davis Strait.

85. Huntford, Roland. Nansen. The Explorer as Hero. Duckworth, [1997]. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. xiv, 610; illusts., sketch maps; a near fine copy in the original cloth, d.j. Signed by the author to the title page.




An excellent account of Nansen’s life and achievements. Huntford rarely signs copies of his books.

86. Johansen, Hjalmar. With Nansen in the North. A Record of the Fram Expedition in 1893-96 … Translated from the Norwegian by H. L. Braekstad. London: Ward, Lock and Co Limited, 1899. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 351, [8, advertisements]; 16 plates including two portraits and a map, illusts. to text; embrowning to endpapers, else very good and partly unopened in the original green cloth, gilt. AB 8185. The author’s account of the first Fram expedition. Johansen accompanied Nansen on the sledge journey towards the pole, reaching 86º and 13.6’ north latitude. They wintered over on Franz Josef Land in 1895-6 before returning on the Windward, the ship of the Jackson-Harmsworth expedition.

87. Klinckowström, A. Tre Månaders Dag. Minnen från Svenska SpetsbergsExpeditionen 1890 [Three Months’ Daylight. Reminiscences of the Swedish Spitsbergen-Expedition 1890]. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers, [1891]. £195 First edition. 8vo in 12s. pp. [xi], 175; frontis. and 7 plates, illusts. to text; shaken in the original printed boards, worn with loss to spine, minor browning to spine. Nathorst Swedish Explorations in Spitsbergen 34. This expedition, comprising Gustaf Nordenskiöld, the author A. Klinckowström and J. A. Björling, visited the west and north coasts of Spitsbergen aboard the hunting sloop Lofoten. The book was published in fragile papered boards, and copies in good condition are uncommon.

88. [Kodak.] Kodak at the North Pole. Rochester, N. Y.: Eastman Kodak Company, n.d. c. 1910. £150 8vo. pp. 32; 26 photo. illusts.; foxing, good in the original pictorial wrappers, two stains to upper wrapper with subsequent marking to first few leaves, central vertical crease. This rare pamphlet advertises the use of Kodak photography on the Arctic expeditions of Anthony Fiala and Robert E. Peary. The text reproduces testimonials from both explorers, and the illustrations were taken by them and other expedition members using Kodak equipment.


the Jason from 1892-4. He returned in 1901 with the Swedish Antarctic Expedition, as captain of the expedition ship Antarctic. From 1904 he settled in South Georgia, at the new whaling station of Grytviken. This is the first full-scale biography of Larsen in English, the result of five years of research in cooperation with the Larsen family and the Fram Museum.

92. [Leigh Smith, Benjamin.] C. R. Markham. ‘The Voyage of the ‘Eira’ and Mr. Leigh Smith’s Arctic Discoveries in 1880’ [bound with] ‘Second Voyage of the ‘Eira’ to Franz-Josef Land’. [Two offprints from Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, 1881 & 1883.]  £125




8vo, pp. 22 & 24; two plates and a folding map to first work, a folding map to second work; some damage to upper outer margins with loss, browning to endpapers, else good, bound without original wrappers in contemporary roan gilt, neatly restored on spine. A presentation copy, inscribed to flyleaf “G. S. Nicholson from Benjamin Leigh Smith Jan 1887”. AB 10951 & 10948. Benjamin Leigh Smith (1828-1913) began sailing in Arctic waters from 1871. In 1880 he commissioned the screw brigantine Eira, and sailed her from Petershead to Franz Jozef Land, making discoveries there. He received the Patron’s medal of the RGS for this voyage, and in 1881 undertook a second voyage on the Eira, this time sailing to Novaya Zemlya as well as Franz Josef Land. In August the Eira became stuck in the ice, and sank. For the following ten months Leigh Smith and her crew lived in a makeshift hut; in June 1882 they sailed in boats to Novaya Zemlya, where they were met by Allen Young aboard the Hope, who had been sent to find them. All men returned safely.

93. Leslie, Sir John, et al. The Polar Seas and Regions … With a Narrative of the Recent Expeditions in Search of Sir John Franklin. London, Edinburgh: T. Nelson and Sons, 1855. £145

22 93 89. Kohl-Larsen, Ludwig. South Georgia. Gateway to Antarctica. Bluntisham Books, 2003.. £24.95 First English edition. 8vo. pp. xviii, 294; photo. illusts., folding map; original cloth, d.j., new. A translation from the 1930 German original, An den Toren der Antarktis.

90. Lambert, Gustave. L’Expédition au Pole Nord. Paris: Au Siège de la Societé, 1868. £150 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 134; one coloured folding map; contemporary roanbacked boards from the library of the Naval Officer’s Society, Stockholm, with inkstamp to title-page and bookplate, classmark to foot of spine. AB 9632. Lambert’s article appeared in the Bulletin de la Société de Géographie, of which this is an offprint. Lambert proposes a French expedition, paid for by public subscription, to the North Pole via the Bering Sea. The expedition never went ahead, but his paper provides useful information on scientific knowledge of the day, and on opinions as to the different routes that could be taken.

91. [Larsen, C. A.] Beau Riffenburgh. C. A. Larsen. Explorer, Whaler & Family Man. Ed. Geir O. Kløver. Oslo: The Fram Museum, 2016. £30 First edition. Square 8vo. pp. 375, [9, ads.]; numerous illusts., sketch maps; new in the original card wrappers. Carl Anton Larsen (1860-1924) led a Norwegian expedition to the Antarctic aboard

20th edition. Small 8vo. pp. 603; port. frontis. of Franklin, additional engraved title, 8 engraved plates, illusts. to text and three full-page illusts.; some foxing to plates, hinges slightly cracked, school prize bookplate, else good in the original cloth, gilt, chipped to extremities. Eric Quayle’s copy, with his note about R. M. Ballantyne’s contribution to the book. AB 9914 (1860 edition). Leslie’s overview of Arctic exploration first appeared in 1830 under the title Narrative of Discovery and Adventure in the Polar Seas and Regions, and went through numerous subsequent editions. This twentieth edition was the first to incorporate details of the Franklin searches. Eric Quayle, an authority on children’s books, and author of a bibliography of R. M. Ballantyne, wrote a note at the front of this copy that two of the chapters on the Franklin expedition (X & XI) were probably the work of Ballantyne; the book concludes with details of the search expeditions of 1850-2, and the discovery of the North West Passage.

94. Levick, G. Murray. Antarctic Penguins. A Study of their Social Habits. London: William Heinemann, 1914. £125 First edition. Square 8vo. pp. x, 140; 74 photo. illusts.; minor spotting else very good in the original green cloth, Adélie penguins blocked in b&w to upper cover (one slightly chipped), gilt lettering to spine faded. Spence 705; Renard 904; Conrad p.181; Rosove 205.A1. Levick was the zoologist on Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). His book focusses largely on the Adélie penguin, with much observational matter and descriptions of the photographic illustrations. The Appendix also contains brief treatments of the McCormick Skua and the Emperor penguin. According to Rosove, any edition is “uncommon.”

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95. Levick, G. Murray. Young Pioneers in Northern Finland. A record of the Second Expedition of the Public Schools Exploring Society 1933. London: Published for the Public Schools Exploring Society by Walter Judd, Ltd., n.d. c. 1934. £50 First edition. 8vo. pp. xii, 100; photo. illusts., two sketch maps; minor soiling at front and rear, else good in the original pictorial blue wrappers with yap edges, wear with loss to head and tail of spine. George Murray Levick took part in Scott’s second Antarctic expedition of 19113, when he was a member of the Northern Party at Cape Adare. He returned to the navy after the expedition, and in 1932 founded the Public Schools Exploring Society (later the British Schools Exploring Society, and today the British Exploring Society). Levick led a series of expeditions with the Society, the first of which was a 1932 reconnaissance in Finland, itself a prelude to the 1933 expedition to northern Finland, as recorded in the present work.

96. [Levick, G. Murray, introduction.] Dennis Clarke. Public School Explorers in Newfoundland. London: Putnam, n.d. [1935]. £95 First edition. 8vo. pp. xiii, 294; photo. illusts., map endpapers; some spotting, particularly to fore-edge, good in the original cloth, in the original d.-w., which is soiled and frayed, and creased and faded on spine.



98. Lock, W. G. Askja, Iceland’s Largest Volcano: With a Description of the Great Lava Desert in the Interior: and a Chapter on the Genesis of the Island. Published by the Author at … Charlton, Kent, 1881. £395 First and only edition. 8vo. pp. [viii], 106, [24, advertisements]; large folding map frontis.; previous owner’s inscription to half-title, front hinge cracked, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, rubbed to foot of spine. A rare privately printed book in which the author argues that Askja, not Hekla, is Iceland’s largest volcano; Lock quickly discards other accounts that failed to appreciate the significance of the volcano for the insight it provides into the geology of the island. He deals with the great eruption of 1875 and gives a complete account of the volcano and the development of the Icelandic lava fields based upon his surveys during the period 1875-1878.

99. Ludlam, Harry. Captain Scott. The Full Story. London: W. Foulsham & Co. Ltd., [1965]. £25 First edition. 8vo. pp. 239; photo. illusts.; 2 sketch maps; very good in the original cloth, in dust-wrappers, slightly browned. Spence 729; Renard 946.

This work records the journey of Levick’s Public Schools Exploring Society into the uncharted regions of Newfoundland. The dust-wrapper, which is seldom seen with the book, is of value for the list of the expedition members printed on the back.

97. Lindsay, Martin. Sledge. The British Trans-Greenland Expedition 1934. London: Cassell, [1935]. £150 First edition. 8vo; pp. xi, 342; 49 photo. plates by Andrew Croft, including folding panorama, 5 maps including large coloured folding map; minor spotting, else good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly faded on spine. Inscribed to flyleaf by expedition member Andrew Croft, “With very best wishes from Andrew Croft & the Family April 30th 1938”. AB 10171: ”Based on the diaries of Lindsay, A. Croft and D. Godfrey; account of a three-man trip by sledge and skis under Lindsay’s leadership May-Sept. 1934, across Greenland icecap in the region Jakabshavn-Kangerdlugassuaq; carrying out a survey exploring Watkins Mts. from the west and making measurements. Describes organization, finance, equipment, travel methods, dog-driving, weather, icecap, mountains, with a chapter on Croft’s wintering 1933-34 on west coast.”



plates, folding leaf of Franklin’s record, 2 maps; slight adhesion of frontis. to titlepage, else very good in the original blue cloth, gilt, slightly marked. AB 10555 (first edition). This sixth edition of M’Clintock’s narrative is effectively a reissue of the 1881 fifth edition, which contains additional contents on the searches for Franklin by Hall and Schwatka. However, this 1895 edition in does not appear in either Worldcat or COPAC.

101. [M’Clintock, Sir F. Leopold, 1819-1907.] ‘Capt. Sir Leopold McClintock, R.N. LL.D.’ N.p., n.d. c. 1870. £250


A carte de visite of M’Clintock, captioned at foot of mount, without any photographer or studio details, purpose-made paper tabs affixed to verso, toegther with a second cdv of a woman by the photographer Chancellor of Dublin, captioned in pencil to verso “Mrs. McClintock”. An uncommon portrait of the discoverer of the fate of Sir John Franklin, together with a portrait of Annette Elizabeth Dunlop, who became his wife in 1870.

102. [Mackintosh, Neil Alison.] Modern Whaling (approximately from about 1890) Whaling Stations (other than Antarctic) Rough Notes [so titled to p. 1 and upper board].  £45 A notebook, approx. 20 x 16.5cm, 117ll., the majority of rectos with mainly brief notes, the whole divided into 5 sections with tabs (Europe, N. America, N.W. Pacific, S. America, Africa), very good in cloth-backed boards with paper label to upper board, with the additional note “A Notebook of Dr. Mackintosh”, slightly rubbed.




100. M’Clintock, Sir F. Leopold. The Voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Seas in Search of Franklin and his Companions. London: John Murray, 1895. £175 Sixth edition. 8vo. pp. xxiv, [25]-[78], 336, 32 (ads., dated June 1894); illusts. and

Mackintosh was Director of Research for the “Discovery” expeditions. This notebook contains information relating to whaling in various parts of the world, and includes sections on Spitsbergen, Norway, Bear Island, Iceland, the Farøes, Scotland, Ireland, Iberia, Davis Strait, Baffin Bay, Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, BC, Washington State, California, Japan, Kamchatka, Behring Sea, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Congo, Angola, Mozambique, and Madagascar.

103. Maldonado, Lorenzo Ferrer. Voyage de la Mer Atlantique a l’Océan Pacifique par le Nord-Ouest dans la Mer Glaciale. Par le Capitaine Laurent Ferrer Maldonado l’An MDLXXXVIII. Traduit d’un Manuscrit Espagnol et suivi d’un Discours qui en démontre l’Authenticité et la Véracité par Charles Amoretti. Plaisance de l’Imprimerie del Majno, 1812. £1,750 First edition thus, one of 600 copies printed (Sabin). Small 4to. pp. [8, half-title, title, preface], 84 (Relation pp. 1-19, Discours pp. 21-80, Index pp. 81-4], folding map of the northern cirumpolar sea + explanatory leaf, 1 folding sheet with 6 engraved coastal plans + explanatory sheet, 1 folding sheet with plates III-V + explanatory leaf, [1, errata]; occasional browning, else very good in modern period-style quarter vellum with cloth board, contrasting lettering piece. Sabin 44111; Chavanne 1425; not in the AB. According to the present work, in 1588, Lorenzo Maldonado made a voyage in which he navigated the North West Passage via a route from the northern part of Hudson’s Bay through to the Straits of Anian (Bering Straits). This is the first publication of Maldonado’s account, translated into French by Charles Amoretti from the original Spanish manuscript. In spite of Amoretti’s attempt to justify Maldonado using comparisons with accounts of voyages by Davis, Willoughby, Frobisher, Baffin and others, Maldonado’s voyage is today regarded as a hoax. Indeed, John Barrow, who published an English translation of Maldonado as Appendix II of his Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions (1818), regarded the document as a forgery, speaking of the “spurious voyage” (p.128).

104 104. [Map.] British North America. By Permission Dedicated to The Honble. Hudsons Bay Company. London: J. Arrowsmith, 15th Feby. 1832. £675 A large engraved map, approx. 70 x 55cm., hand-coloured in outline, sectionalised on linen, folding into original marbled paper slipcase with Arrowsmith label, minor wear to case, slight offsetting of map, else in very good condition. This early map of Canada shows the continent from the eastern tip of Labrador to the Behring Strait, and from the Missouri in the south to the most recent discoveries in the Arctic. The map marks the discoveries of Mackenzie (1789), and Parry and Franklin in the 1820s. Mount St. Elias is shown, but much of the area north of it remains blank, including the region referred to here as “Russian America” (i.e. Alaska).

105. Markham, Albert Hastings. A Whaling Cruise to Baffin’s Bay and the Gulf of Boothia and an account of the Rescue of the Crew of the “Polaris.” With an Introduction by Rear-Admiral Sherard Osborn. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, Searle, 1875. £175 Second edition, with a new introduction. 8vo. pp. xxxi, 307; 8 plates, illusts. to text, one folding map; near-fine in contemporary full calf for St. Saviour’s School, Southwark, with vignette to upper board (“Schola S. Salvatoris Cond.”), gilt decorated spine. AB 10932; Jenkins Bibliography of Whaling p.124. Markham’s account of Arctic whaling is to the later Nineteenth century what Scoresby’s was for the earlier period. This narrative in addition includes Markham’s account of the American Polaris expedition which, under Charles Francis Hall, had foundered in Arctic waters. Markham participated in the relief expedition, taking some of the survivors to Scotland, and he offers comments on the expedition here. This edition also contains a new preface, in which Markham announces the forthcoming Arctic expedition under the leadership of George Nares, and his selection as a member of the expedition.

106. Mawson, Sir Douglas. The Home of the Blizzard. Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1930]. £95 First reprint of Abridged Popular Edition. 8vo. pp. xxxi, 438; photo. illust., maps and diags. to text, 3 folding maps; some spotting, else good in original blue-green cloth, gilt, in the original d.-w., which is chipped with loss, and browned to spine. Cf. Spence 776; Renard 1026; Rosove 217.B1. Mawson’s classic work first appeared




as a 2-volume work in 1915. A few years later, the type and blocks of the book were destroyed by fire at the publisher Heinemann’s printing works. Mawson later substantially rewrote the book, which was published in this one-volume abridged version in September 1930. This is a reprint of that abridged edition made in the same month.

107. Mills, Leif. Men of Ice … The Lives of Alistair Forbes MacKay (18781914) and Cecil Henry Meares (1877-1937). Caedmon of Whitby, [2008]. £25 First edition. 8vo. pp. [xii], 195; illusts., map endpapers; very good in the original printed boards. MacKay was a member of Shackleton’s 1907-9 Antarctic expedition, and was one of the men that reacehd the South Magnetic Pole in 1909; he later took part in the Karluk expedition to the Arctic, and died while attempting to cross the ice after the loss of the ship. Meares travelled in Tibet and China before joining Scott’s last expedition as dog handler.

108. [Munk, Jens.] Jens Munks Navigatio Septentrionalis. Ed. P. Lauridsen. Copenhagen: Gyldendalske, 1883. £125 First edition thus. 8vo. pp. lvi, 58, [2], [6, notes]; text in Danish; 2 plates inc. one folding, two maps inc. one large folding at rear; very good and unopened in the original wrappers, slightly discoloured, minor chipping to spine. Not in the AB. Jens Munk (1579-1628), the Danish explorer, undertook several expeditions to find the Northeast passage, and also led the first Danish whaling expedition to Spitsbergen. In 1619 he set out on the Enhiörningen (Unicorn) and Lamprenen (Lamprey) in search of a Northwest passage. The expedition reached Frobisher Bay, making its way on to Hudson Bay, and overwintering near the mouth of the Churchill River. Many of Munk’s men died, and he returned to Europe with only two companions in September, 1620. Munk’s account appeared as Navigatio Septentrionalis in 1624; this new version has an introduction and notes, and reproductions of the original plates and maps. An English version was later published by the Hakluyt Society in Danish Arctic Expeditions (1897).


109. Murdoch, W. G. Burn. From Edinburgh to the Antarctic; An Artist’s Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892-93 … With A Chapter By W. S. Bruce. Longmans, Green and Co., 1894. £750 First edition. 8vo. pp. [xi], 364, 32 (publisher’s catalogue); illusts. to text, two maps inc. one folding; very good in the original dark green cloth with cover design in silver and brown, spine in silver, very slight rubbing, a bright copy. Spence 825; Renard 1108; Rosove 234.A1.a; NMMC I.1087. Murdoch’s account of “the pioneer British whaling expedition to Antarctica” (Nat. Mar. Mus. Cat.) includes entertaining anecdotes of the minutiae of life on board the Balaena, in addition to records of animal life and seal-hunting. The text is interspersed with illustrations by the author, largely from watercolours. Although joining the expedition as an artist, Murdoch in fact became its chief chronicler.

110. Murray, James & George Marston. Antarctic Days. Sketches of the homely side of Polar life by two of Shackleton’s men … introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton. London: Andrew Melrose, 1913. £750 First trade edition. 8vo. pp. xxi, 199; plates and illusts. inc. some from photos.; some spotting, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, rubbed, slightly darkened on spine. Signed by co-author George Marston to half-title.


Spence 831; Renard 1122; Rosove 236.A2 (“Very scarce”). Murray and Marston were members of Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition 1907-9, the former as biologist, the latter as artist (he later joined Shackleton’s Endurance expedition). “The authors spin yarns of personal and human experiences of the expedition with gentle humor and the gift of storytelling” (Rosove). A chapter is devoted to the Aurora Australis, the book printed in Antarctica during the expedition for which Marston provided the illustrations, some of them reproduced here. The book was issued in a deluxe edition signed by the authors and Shackleton, and in this trade edition, which is equally scarce and here signed by Marston.

111. [Ninnis, B. E. S.] Mertz & I … The Antarctic Diary of Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis. Ed. Allan Mornement & Beau Riffenburgh. Eccles: The Erskine Press, 2014. £30 First edition, one of 400 copies. 8vo. pp. vii, 448; illusts.; as new in the original cloth, dust-wrapper. Ninnis joined Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic expedition 1910-14. From November 1912, Ninnis, with Mawson and Xavier Mertz, took part in a sledging journey. Ninnis and Mertz died during the course of the trip, and Mawson barely made it back to the expedition base. The present book prints Ninnis diary, which runs from 1908 to the day before he set off on his sledging journey.

112. Nobile, Umberto. La Preparazione e i Risultati Scientifici della Spedizione Polare dell’ “Italia”. Milano: A. Mondadori, [1938]. £175 First Italian edition. 8vo. pp. [iii], 265; 76 illusts. on plates, tables at rear inc. 12 folding; very good in the original printed wrappers, minor wear to extremities. Cf. AB 12350. The scientific results of Nobile’s “Italia” expedition - which successfully reached the North Pole but crashed on its return - were first published, in German, in 1929. This much-expanded Italian edition (the German original was only 98pp.) includes considerably more meteorological and biological observations, in addition to Nobile’s description of the preparations for the expedition.


113. Nobile, Umberto. My Polar Flights. An Account of the Voyages of the Airships Italia and Norge. London: Frederick Muller Limited, 1961. £50 First edition. 8vo. pp. 288; photo. illusts.; some foxing to endpapers, else very good in original cloth in d.-w., which is a little rubbed, and with foxing to rear panel. Account of the Amundsen-Ellsworth-Nobile trans-polar flight in the airship Norge and of Nobile’s subsequent and unsuccessful flight in the sistership Italia, during the search for which Amundsen disappeared.

114. [Orde Lees, Thomas.] John Thomson, ed. Elephant Island and Beyond. The Life and Diaries of Thomas Orde Lees. Bluntisham Books, 2003.  £24.95 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 339, [4, ads.]; illusts., maps; original cloth, d.j., new. Orde Lees was one of the members of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition left on Elephant Island when ‘The Boss’ and a few companions departed aboard the James Caird to seek rescue. An important record of the party and its wait for deliverance.



115. Osborn, Sherard & Geo. F. McDougall, eds. Facsimile of the Illustrated Arctic News, published on board H.M.S. Resolute: Captn. Horatio T. Austin, C.B. In search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin. London: Published by Ackermann & Co. 96 Strand, 15th March, 1852. £4,250 First edition. Folio. pp. [i, title] + [i, Preface] + 57; lithographed throughout, with a coloured vignette to the main title and 11 other coloured vignettes, one full-page chromolithograph, numerous black & white vignettes, one map to text; very good in the original blue cloth, image of ship and iceberg blocked in gilt to upper cover, lettered in gilt, corners slightly bumped, crease to upper outer corner of upper board, but otherwise a very good copy of this particularly scarce item. AB 22800; Abbey Travel 638. In May 1850, the British Admiralty sent out a Franklin Search expedition under Horatio Austin and others. It returned in September 1851, having failed in its primary mission, but with many scientific and surveying observations. As a memento of the voyage, it was decided to publish the five numbers of the Illustrated Arctic News issued in manuscript during the wintering of one of the ships, the Resolute. This Facsimile offers an engaging glimpse into life on board ship during off-duty hours. The text includes details of entertainments, with reproductions of playbills and the like. The illustrations, mostly attributed to McDougall, show views of Arctic scenery, as well as humorous depictions of the onboard entertainment the crew enjoyed. A particularly well-preserved copy, this is a rare and attractive Arctic item.

117. Parry, Captain William Edward (1790-1855). Captain W. E. Parry, R.N. F.R.S. [London:] W. Haines … & J. W. Cooke, March 21st, 1827. £425 A mezzotint portrait of Parry, engraved after Haines’s original by S. W. Reynolds, approx. 10 x 14” to the plate mark, overall size 15 x 20”, some spotting and soiling to wide margins outside the platemark, a few minor creases. Parry led three expeditions in search of a North West Passage (1818-20, 1821-3 & 1824-5), and in 1826 made an attempt on the North Pole from Spitsbergen. This fine mezzotint portrait was issued the year following his return from the pole attempt.

117 119. [Peary, Robert E.] Thomas H. Hubbard. To Students of Arctic Exploration. The Geographical Position of Camp Jesup, and the Reduction of the Observations of R.E. Peary, in the Vicinity of the North Pole … Reprinted from Acts of the 10th International Geographical Congress, Rome, 1913. £85 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 682 - 716; numerous tables and charts; very good in the original self-wrappers.


AB 7504. Hubbard presents the findings of an analysis made by Mitchell and Duvall of Peary’s astronomical observations near the North Pole and on northern Ellesmere Island. The accompanying tables, and the discussion concerning their implications, shed important light on Peary’s claims to the attainment of the Pole.



116. Osborn, Sherard & Geo. F. McDougall, eds.. Facsimile of the Illustrated Arctic News, published on board H.M.S. Resolute: Captn. Horatio T. Austin, C.B. In search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin. London: Orskey-Bonham-Niner, 2002. £125 Limited edition reproduction of the 1852 original. Folio. pp. [iii], 57; illusts., one sketch map; as new in original cloth, gilt.

118. [Peary, Robert E.] Peary’s Discovery of the North Pole. Speech of Hon. J. Hampton Moore of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives, March 22, 1910. Washington, 1910. £45

120. [Peary, Robert E.] Robert E. Peary at the North Pole. A Report by the Foundation for the Promotion of the Art of Navigation. Rear Admiral Thomas D. Davies, USN (Ret), President. [plus] … Supplemental Report. Rockville: The Navigation Foundation, 1989 & 1990. £75 First edition. Together 2 vols. 4to. Main report: pp. 181, [74]; illusts.; near-fine in original card wrappers; Supplemental Report: pp. [i], 11, [9]; illusts.; very good in the original printed wrappers, ownership inscription to upper wrapper of Volkmar Wentzel, mentioned on p. 5 of the report and with his pen highlighting throughout. This definitive report re-examined much of the evidence to assess Peary’s claim to have reached the North Pole in 1909. Its positive findings were consolidated in the Supplementary Report, published a year later, based on new evidence.

First edition. 8vo. Disbound as issued; pp. 36; a good copy, first and final leaves browned with minor loss to margins of final leaf. Apparently not in the AB. Hampton Moore’s speech in defence of Peary - notably with respect to the question of his attainment of the North pole, his proposed promotion to rear-Admiral, and the funding of his expeditions - also contains original material such as letters on these and other issues.


121 121. Petersen, Carl. Den sidste Franklin-Expedition med “Fox”, Capt. M’Clintock. Kjobenhavn: Fr. Waldikes Forlagsboghandel. 1860.


First edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], 266; port. frontis., 8 lithographs, illusts. to text, one facsimile letter, 4 folding maps; stain to fore-edge of frontis. and one plate, occasional marginal browning, flyleaf excised, else good in contemporary half roan, gilt, head of upper joint split. Not in the AB. Johan Carl Christian Petersen (1813-80) served as an interpreter on various Franklin search expeditions, including that of M’Clintock on the Fox, which discovered the fate of Franklin and his men. The present work is Petersen’s account of the expedition, published in the original Danish, and never translated into English.


122 122. [Ponting, Herbert G.] A set of menu stands manufactured by Gy. & Co. in 1913 [probably for Wilson & Gill]. 


A complete set of four silver menu stands, each in the form of a circular silver glazed frame on a tripod base, approx. 4cm. high and 4cm. wide, each frame containing a hand-painted portrait of a penguin based on original photographic images by Ponting, hallmarked to rear (Chester, 1913), minor surface marks else in very good condition. These unusual menu stands, along with other items from the same retailers, were produced for sale as Scott Antarctic Expedition souvenirs, on sale at lectures given by Herbert Ponting. From the evidence of contemporary advertisements, retailers Wilson & Gill used Ponting’s images of penguins on a range of products that included letter openers, jewel boxes, cigarette boxes, ash trays, match cases, and similar desk furniture. According to one of these advertisements, from the ILN for 1914, “Wilson & Gill have sole rights for reproducing these fascinating penguin novelties from copyright photographs taken by H. G. Ponting.” From the advertisements, it seems likely that these menu stands were issued in a case, which is no longer present. We have not seen other examples of the stands before, nor any of the other products on offer from Wilson & Gill.

advance of Shackleton’s crossing. The Ross Sea party lost three men, in contrast to Shackleton’s Endurance crew, all of whom survived. Several accounts of the Endurance party were written by Shackleton and others, but the only narrative of the Ross Sea Party was Ernest Joyce’s The South Polar Trail until the publication of Richards’ book in 1962. Inscribed copies are very uncommon, even though Richards, one of the youngest members of the expedition, outlived all other members of the expedition, dying in 1985.

124. Richards, R. W. The Ross Sea Shore Party 1914-17. Bluntisham Books, 2003. £14.95 Reprint of the 1962 edition. 8vo. pp. vi, 44; map, 2 illusts.; original cloth, d.j., new.



123. Richards, R. W. The Ross Sea Shore Party 1914-1917. Cambridge: Scott Polar Research Institute, 1962. £375 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 44; 2 plates, one sketch map; good in the original cloth, in d.-w. which is creased on spine, bumped and chipped to extremities, bumped to foot of spine affecting contents. A presentation copy, inscribed to flyleaf “To Mike with sincere regards”, this crossed through and then inscribed “Hendy with deepest love R. W. Richards (Dick) Shackleton McMurdo Sound 1914-17”.


Spence 969; Renard 1293; Rosove 269.A1. Richards was a member of Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and joined the Ross Sea party sent to lay depots in

125. Rink, Henry. The Eskimo Tribes. Their Distribution and Characteristics, especially in regard to Language. With a Comparative Vocabulary and a SketchMap [Part 1 only, of 2]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel; London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1887. £275 First edition. 8vo. pp. [viii], 165; map frontis.; good in the original printed wrappers, slightly toned to margins, minor wear to spine. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed to upper wrapper “Dr. Professor G. Stephens fra Forfatteren [from the author]”. AB 14596. Issued as Volume 11 of Meddelelser om Grønland. Rink, a Danish scientist and traveller, spent several years in Greenland, latterly as Royal Inspector for the Danish Government. The knowledge he gained of the Eskimo peoples of the region formed the basis for several works, including the present publication. It was issued as a volume in the extensive series of publications Meddelelser om Grønland, and in 1891 a supplementary volume, with further considerations on the subject, appeared (not present here).

126. [Ross, James Clark.] Ships Erebus and Terror. Extracts from the Despatch of Captain James Ross, from Van Diemen’s land, Showing the Nature and Extent of the Discoveries Made in a High Southern Latitude by Her Majesty’s Ships Erebus and Terror. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 6 September 1841. £5,750 First edition. Folio. pp. 3, [1, docket title]; one large folding track map; library class-mark to verso of first leaf, else very good, bound with seven unrelated Parliamentary works, many with folding plates; ex-libris Bath Public Reference Library with their accession numbers to each work, ex dono Alfred Jones of Bath with bookplate to front pastedown, contemporary half calf with leather lettering pieces (“Parliamentary Papers”, “Scientific Subjects”), minor wear to extremities. Spence 992; Renard 1325; Rosove 275.A1. “This is the first report of the first season’s stupendous geographical discoveries, composed of extracts from Ross’s dispatch sent from Australia, 7 April 1841, upon the expedition’s return from the Ross Sea. The report was prepared 28 August 1841, printed on 6 September 1841, and presented to the House of Commons the following day. How many copies of this remarkable publication were printed is uncertain; Edward Sabine, who prepared the expedition’s reports on magnetism and was a friend and supporter of Ross, himself purchased thirty. Certainly very few are extant today” (Rosove).



127. Ross, James Clark (1800-1862). Captain James Clark Ross R.N. F.R.S. F.R.A.S. F.L.S. &c. Discoverer of the North Magnetic Pole. London: Colnaghi & Company, 1835. £775

128. [Ross, James Clark (1800-1862).] A portrait of James Clark Ross after an original by Negelen, J. Graf, Printer to her Majesty, n.d. after 1837.  £475

A fine mezzotint portrait of Ross, engraved by R. M. Hodgetts after J. B. Wildman’s original, image size approx. 8 1/2 x 10 1/2” (215 x 265mm), overall size 12 x 15” (305 x 380mm), light tide-mark partially affecting image, else in very good condition, the mezzotint itself a fine dark impression.

A lithographic head and shoulders portrait of Ross, on india paper, india paper size approx. 11 x 14” (280 x 360 mm), full plate size 12 1/2 x 17” (320 x 430mm), printed signatures of artist and sitter below image; abrasion and other marks to upper right of image, small indentations to lower half of portrait, creased and torn to margins of plate outside the india paper, substantial repair to paper at upper right of plate just touching corner of india paper, good.

This heroic portrait of Ross commemorates his discovery of the North Magnetic Pole on 31st May, 1831. Ross had joined the Arctic expedition led by his uncle Sir John Ross in search of a North West Passage, during the years 1829 to 1833. The expedition had considerable success, not least Ross’s discovery of the Magnetic Pole, then at the Boothia Peninsula. Ross went on to lead an equally successful expedition of his own to the Antarctic, during the course of which the first official sighting of the Antarctic continent was made.

This rare portrait of Ross was published, to judge from other examples of the printer’s lithographs, sometime between the years 1838-1859; Ross’s relative youth in the portrait suggests a date towards the start of this period, possibly just prior to or following his return from the Antarctic.

129. [Ross, John.] [Cruikshank, George, caricaturist.] Arrival at the North Pole. Thos. McLean, 26 Haymarket [London], Augt. 1st 1835. £150 A black and white etching, image size approx. 138 x 195mm, plate size approx. 275 x 408mm, depicting a British sailor scaling a large pole, his colleagues at the foot of the pole celebrating his achievement, an icy seascape to the background with two ships at anchor; minor marginal tears, a little creased, but the image very clean. Reid 894. This uncommon caricature by Cruikshank originally appeared in 1818, shortly before the departure of Ross’s first expedition in search of a north west passage. The plate was reissued by Thomas McLean in 1835, when it commemorated the return in October 1833 of Sir John Ross’s second Arctic expedition. Ross departed England in 1829, and the expedition discovered the North Magnetic Pole. As the time in which Ross failed to return increased, fears arose in Britain that the expedition was lost, but its successful return was greeted with public acclaim.



maps including 3 folding; very clean in the original cloth, which is a little darkened on spine, ink splashes to fore-edge of upper board. Loosely inserted are a Cable & Wireless telegram sent by Rymill from “Grahamland” to Shipston, dated 10 Oct 1935, and an ALS from Rymill to Shipston dated January 7th, 1939. Spence 1016; Neate R101. An important expedition to the Antarctic peninsula, which confirmed that Graham Land was part of the continent and not an archipelago (as reported by Wilkins in his 1928-30 expedition). The narrative includes details of Rymill and Bingham’s sledge journey, during which they set up camp at an altitude of 7500 feet next to Mount Wakefield, the highest mountain in the Graham Land range. This copy includes a telegram sent by Rymill during the expedition, and a subsequent letter from his farm, Penola Station South, both to a Mr. Shipston.

132. [Rymill, John Riddoch.] John Bechervaise. Arctic and Antarctic. The Will and the Way of John Riddoch Rymill. Bluntisham Books, 1995. £14



130. Russ, F. H. A Historical Account of Skins and Furs: their uses, past and present, with hints for their preservation, and a description of the collection exhibited in the International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1888. [Glasgow: Aird and Coghill, 1888]. £50 First edition. 8vo. pp. 72; embrowning to free endpapers, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, a.e.g.


Issued for the International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1888, this book contains details of the author’s collection of furs. It also contains information about the Hudson Bay Company and other fur importers, before offering a list of “Specimens of Skins from the Arctic Regions, Hudson Bay Company, Asia, and Europe”.

131. Rymill, John. Southern Lights. The Official Account of the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-1937 … With two chapters by A. Stephenson and an Historical Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill. London: Chatto and Windus, 1938. £375 First edition. 8vo. pp. xv, 296; 80 plates in photogravure, 4 sketch maps, 4 coloured

First edition. 8vo. pp. x, 230; photo. illusts.; original wrappers, new. Rymill was a member of Watkins’ two Greenland expeditions (British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930-31; East Greenland Expedition 1932-3), and took over leadership of the second on Watkins’ death. He subsequently led the important British Graham Land Expedition (1934-7).

133. Saunders, Alfred. A Camera in Antarctica. London: Winchester, [1950]. £75 First edition. 4to. pp. 160; b & w photo. illusts.; inner margin of half-title adhering to flyleaf verso, previous owner’s inscription, else very good in the original cloth, bumped to corners, in original d.j., which is frayed to extrems. Spence 1029; Renard 1344. The author took part in expeditions to South Georgia and the South Atlantic aboard the Discovery in the 1920s and 1930s, and his recollections and photographs appear in the present work.

134. Scoresby, Rev. William. The Franklin Expedition; or, Considerations on Measures for the Discovery and Relief of our Absent Adventurers in the Arctic Regions. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1850. £2,950 First edition. 8vo. pp. 99, [1, ad. for works by Scoresby]; two folding maps; some heavy creasing and wear to maps with slight loss to folds of large map, partial loss of some text, now neatly restored, slight soiling to first and final leaf, good in recent half calf, gilt. Sabin 78170; AB 15613. William Scoresby (1789-1857) was the son of the Arctic whaler and navigator William Scoresby (17601829). Scoresby junior made his maiden voyage to the Arctic aged ten, and from 1803 the Scoresbys sailed almost yearly to the Greenland whale fishery. Initially based at Whitby, Scoresby junior lived from 1824 in Cambridge, and from his third marriage in 1849 in Torquay. Here he “wrote, advised, and lectured on the Franklin mystery” (ODNB), and in December 1849 he published articles on the subject. These were gathered together and expanded to form the present work, one of Scoresby’s more uncommon writings.

Reprint of Cheap edition. 8vo. pp. xxviii, 521, [1], [2, ads.]; map endpapers, photo. plates, illusts. to text; good in the original cloth, in original dust-wrapper, which is very worn with loss, cloth sunned where wrapper lost. Signed on the frontis. recto “Edward A. McKenzie, British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Scott”.

137 135 135. Scott, J. M. Gino Watkins. Hodder & Stoughton, Publishers, 1935. £125 First edition. 8vo. pp. xviii, 317; coloured port. frontis., b&w photo. plates, 7 sketch maps to text; near-fine in original cloth, gilt medallion to upper cover, in original d.-w., which has a small hole to the rear cover. AB 15636. The standard life of Henry ‘Gino’ Watkins, who died in 1932 at the age of 25 on his fourth Arctic expedition, to Greenland.

136. Scott, Robert F. Scott’s Last Expedition. The Personal Journals of Captain R. F. Scott, R.N., C.V.O., on his Journey to the South Pole. London: John Murray, [1936]. £150

Edward Archibald McKenzie was Leading Stoker on Scott’s Antarctic expedition in 1910. The Expedition comprised seven officers, including the Captain of the Terra Nova, Edward R. G. R. Evans, twelve scientists, and fourteen men, with an additional ship’s complement of thirty-two including McKenzie, making sixty-five in total. After returning from the Antarctic, McKenzie was a policeman for 25 years. He seems to have maintained his Antarctic interests and contacts, and attended the first and subsequent meetings of the Antarctic Club from 1929 on. This signature, on a later edition of Scott’s Last Expedition, is typical of McKenzie, who always seems to have included details of the expedition in which he participated.

137. [Scott, Robert F.] Captain Scott. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd., n.d. c. 1940s. £35 First edition. 16mo (approx. 60 x 90mm.). pp. 32; 6 illusts.; staples rusted, central leaves loose, else good in the original pictorial wrappers, small stain. Issued in “Tuck’s Better Little Books” series, this brief life of Scott was published during the Second World War and was intended for use in air-raid shelters, hence its small size.

138. [Scott, Robert F.] A. H. Blissett. A long letter from Blissett to “Dear Emily [Thompson]”, sent during the National Antarctic Expedition from the ship Discovery at “E. Longitude 167º 07”.04 Latitude 77º 49”.005” on the 28 February, 1903; together with a Wrench postcard sent by Blissett to the same recipient received in Lyttelton 19 April 1904.  £4,500 8pp. on Discovery letterhead, signed A. H. Blissett, contained in the original envelope with Lytttelton, Christchurch and Lincoln (England) cancels, slightly soiled but otherwise VG; the Wrench postcard with a message from Blissett initialled “A. H. B.”, Lyttelton cancel (19 April 1904), somewhat damaged with minor loss to extremities and soiled, but still legible. Arthur Harry Blissett (1878-1955) was a Royal Marine who took part in Scott’s Discovery expedition 1901-4. With Royds, he was the first to find an Emperor Egg. This letter, written by him from the expedition, sends his corespondent Emily “a few facts about the work in general, done by the members of this Expedition”. He mentions Scott’s southern journey, which attained 82º 17’S - “255 miles further than any previous record”. Blissett then compares the achievement with others claimed by “Mr. Borchgrevink in 1900”, and refers to the work of the German, Swedish and Scottish expeditions concurrent with the NAE. “Dr. Wilson, who is our Naturalist, Artist, Taxidermist as well as doctor is getting very good results from his work. Has got almost everything concerning Seals & their habits also penguins and other Birds here. We have also secured an Emperor Penguins Egg the first ever found. Formerly it was quite unknown whether they did or did not lay eggs but this settles that discussion definitely, I suppose it’s no use being modest. So I will tell you who found it. I did.” He continues with details of the sledge journey made by Scott, Wilson, and Shackleton (who “had the misfortune to break a blood vessel in the throat”), and news of the discovery of King Edward VII Land (“confirmation of Capt. James Ross’ surmise in 1840”). He writes of the success Mr. Hodson the biologist has had in obtaining specimens, and adds “I have got a skin of an Adelie Penguin & also a Skua Gull (or Robber Gull). We have eaten a great number of both. Seals have been our main dish here.” In spite of the fresh meat “there has been several touches of scurvy amongst the crew & Dr. Wilson had it pretty bad on his return. Dr. Koettlitz “a German as far as blood goes” will not tell us the symptoms of scurvy but of course we know it now, having all books of previous expeditions in the ship.” Blissett concludes with some questions to Emily, finishing with his apology for not being able “to give you any of the results of the Expedition as it is


specially mentioned in the articles we signed in London that nothing is to be published until one year after the ships return”. The postcard sold with this letter is one of the four ‘Wrench’ cards issued and posted back from the Discovery expedition. Examples used by members of the expedition are uncommon. In this Blissett writes to Emily that he has “Got your letter per “Morning” [the expedition relief ship]”, and announces the date when he expects to arrive home in England, when he will come to see her.



139. [Scott, Robert F.] Alfred Cheetham (1867-1918) A letter from Cheetham to “Dear Mrs and Mr [?]Brewer”, on two sheets of Terra Nova letterhead with Victoria Land stamps and cancels, dated Feb. 14th [1913].  £3,250 4pp. on one full and one half sheet, each with a a NZ one penny stamp overprinted with “Victoria Land” and with a BAE cancel dated Jan 18 [19]13, the second sheet initialled “AC”, small stain slightly affecting initial which is still legible. Alfred Cheetham served in the Royal Navy and joined Scott’s Discovery expedition as a member of the Morning’s crew. He subsequently took part in Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition as third officer of the Nimrod, and later served on Shackleton’s Endurance. On Scott’s second Antarctic expedition Cheetham served as boatswain of the Terra Nova. He volunteered for the search party sent to look for Scott and his companions when they were lost, but was refused since he was a family man. The present letter was written from Lyttelton after the Terra Nova had returned from the Antarctic, and Cheetham writes “to let you know we leave Lyttelton in a month time from now … we have [i.e. had] a fine trip South & back the Best trip ever i had & have asked Mrs Cheetham to come to London and meet me this time … tell Emma i have got her penguin all right she will have to come & fetch it if all well when we get in”. Cheetham continues “we have got all the Old Boys on Board now Except Evans the one what was lost from the pole you would know him he was with us always at the dock house he lived at the house where the others lived, well now i do not think it any use me telling you much about the party what was lost coming from the pole as you willl see it in the papers but when we get home I will be able to tell you more we will have an evening to ourselfs and the family and of Course Mr and Mrs Fuller”. The second sheet contains Cheetham’s concluding words, as well as a note to “Dear Emma find the stamp & put in your Book”, referring to the Victoria Land stamp on the sheet. On the reverse of this second sheet, Cheetham has written: “what we put on the Cross we erected up in memoriam Capt. Scott RN Dr Wilson Capt L. E. G. Oates R.N.S. Drgs. Lieut. Bowers RIM Petty Officer Evans RN who died on the return journey from the pole March 1912 to Strive to Seek to find and not to yield”.

140. [Scott, Robert F.] Wilfrid M. Bruce. Reminscences of the Terra Nova in the Antarctic. Jaffrey, NH: Erebus & Terror Press, 2012.


One of 75 copies. 4to. pp. 21; fine in original printed wrappers, together with an ALS from Bruce to Miss M. Crawford, written on board P&O S.S. Oriental, Shanghai via Liberia, Oct. 24th, 1909, 4to. 2pp., written to rectos of two leaves in a clear hand, signed “Wilfrid”, contained in the original envelope sent via Liberia, stamps sometime removed. Wilfrid Bruce was the brother of Kathleen Bruce, wife of Captain Robert F. Scott. Bruce accompanied Scott’s expedition as a member of the ship’s crew, rather than on the shore party, and later wrote a brief account of the expedition (Captain Scott 1868-1912, 1930), as well as these reminiscences for a magazine, The Blue Peter (1932). This version of his reminiscences is accompanied by an original Bruce letter, addressed to a Miss Crawford of Stratford-on-Avon. The letter relates to family and personal matters, including Bruce’s ‘search’ for a wife. In this context, he writes: “You tell me I’ve to come & explore Binton Hill instead of the South Pole. Why not both? Anyhow, I’ve written to Captain Scott & asked him for a place in his party. Whether he’ll take me or not, I don’t know, but I hope he will. Then - after I’ve practised on icebergs for two or three years - perhaps I’ll be able to reach the heart of one of these ice-cold English maidens! If I go, I shall probably be home again early next summer, as he leaves in July or August. If I don’t go, it will be spring in 1911 before I get back, & shan’t I just be ready for a holiday, too…” Later in the letter he writes “Haven’t heard any news of Scott junior yet, but we get a mail today, & perhaps I shall hear”. This refers to the expected birth of Scott’s son Peter on 14th September, 1909, and Bruce clearly received news before posting the letter, since he writes on the back of the envelope “Just heard news of K’s expect. Hooray!”

141. [Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-4]. An agreement, written on a cropped sheet of expedition letterhead, recognising Robert Cockburn Mossman as in sole command during the absence of William Speirs Bruce, signed by five expedition members, and dated Scotia Bay, Laurie Island, S. Orkneys, November 26th 1903.  £1,750 A small sheet, approx. 20 x 16 cm., completed to one side and marked by hand “Copy” to upper left corner, signed to lower right by J. H. Harvey Pirie, W. A. Cuthbertson, Alastair Ross, William Martin, and William Smith; marks to verso where some time contained in an album. The SNAE, led by Wiliam Bruce, made its base at Ormond House, Scotia Bay, on Laurie Island in the South Orkneys. In November 1903 the expedition ship Scotia broke free from the ice and Bruce sailed for Port Stanley, leaving a group under Robert Mossman, the expedition’s meteorologist. The five other members of this party signed the present agreement accepting Mossman “as being in sole command and representing William Speirs Bruce, the leader of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, during the absence of the ship”. Presumably more than one copy of the agreement was signed, the original perhaps being retained by Bruce himself.


142. Seaver, George. ‘Birdie’ Bowers of the Antarctic. Introduction by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. London: John Murray, 1938. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. xxiii, 279, [2, ads.]; 13 plates including 3 coloured, 2 maps including one folding; previous owner’s inscription to front pastedown, else very good in the original blue cloth with label to spine, in original d.-w., which is slightly chipped to extremities. Spence 1083; Renard 1423; Rosove 298.A1. The story of the South Pole journey told from the life of Henry Robertson ‘Birdie’ Bowers. The first edition has become hard to find, especially in the dust-jacket.

143. Seaver, George. Scott of the Antarctic. A Study in Character. London: John Murray, 1940. £125



First edition. 8vo. pp. vii, 187; port. frontis., illusts.; browning to endpapers, else very good in the original cloth with lettering piece to spine, in original d.-w., which is chipped to extremities, closed tear to upper margin on rear panel. Spence 1084; Renard 1425; Rosove 299.A1. Seaver’s biography of Scott, one of several he devoted to members of Scott’s Southern Party, largely underlines the received wisdom of his subject’s heroic status. The first edition exists in two states, without or with a correction to p. 158 (“miles” on line 2 in the first state as here, corrected to “days” in the second state).

144. Sefi, Alexander J. King Edward VII. Land. A History of the Special Postage Stamp issued for Use in the Antarctic Regions for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Expedition of 1907-09. London: D. Field, 1912. £95 First edition. 8vo. pp. [v], 18; portrait frontispiece of Shackleton, 8 other illustrations including 1 double-page; some browning to text, good in the original printed wrappers, minor wear to extremities.

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Spence 1086. Sefi’s pamphlet examines the so-called King Edward VII. Land stamps, issued for Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition. Sefi gives details of their use during the expedition, and illustrations of certain specimens.

145. Shackleton, Edward. Nansen the Explorer. London: H. F. & G. Witherby Ltd., [1959]. £15 First edition. 8vo. pp. xii, 209; illusts., 2 sketch maps; very good in the original cloth, in d.j., which is slightly chipped to extremities. Shackleton, the son of the Antarctic explorer Ernest H. Shackleton, was himself a member of several Arctic expeditions. He counted Nansen as one of his heroes, and later in life wrote this biography of the man.

146. Shackleton, Ernest H. My South Polar Expedition by Lieut. E.H. Shackleton. Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.: National phonograph Co., [recorded 30 March, 1910]. £2,000 A wax cylinder recording, approx. 105 x 55mm, contained within original paper-covered cardboard tube with cover titled ‘Edison Amberol Record’, title of recording to top of lid, the lettering to the latter slightly rubbed, as are the edges of the tube, else in very good condition. This rare ephemeral item contains a 4-minute recording of Shackleton’s voice, made in London on March 30, 1910, after his return from the British Antarctic Expedition (190709). Shackleton describes the expedition and its achievements. A mp3 version of the recording will be supplied with the cylinder.




147. Shackleton, Ernest H.; Robert E. Peary. A Description of the Dash for the South Pole/The Discovery of the North Pole. Hayes, Middlesex: The Gramophone Co., Ltd., n.d. after 1922. £375 A 78 rpm record by HMV, with Shackleton’s recording to one side and Peary’s to the other, minor surface marks but overall in very good condition, contained in the original printed paper sleeve. HMV catalogue number D377. On his return from the Antarctic in 1909, shortly after his expedition ship Nimrod docked in New Zealand, Shackleton was asked to describe his attempt to reach the pole for the purposes of a recording. The track was laid down on June 23, 1909, and issued by HMV with a recording of Robert Peary’s description of his attainment of the North Pole (a recording made in 1910). The record remained on the HMV catalogue until 1939, and this example, which refers to “The Late Sir Ernest Shackleton”, is a reissue, the stamper numbers being GD for the Shackleton recording, and GG for Peary - i.e. the 20th and 11th pressings respectively. Any example of the recording is uncommon.

148. Shackleton, Ernest H. A letter from Shackleton to Dear Mr. Burgess, on Crown Chambers letterhead (Telegraphic Address “Antexpedi, London”.), this crossed through and 7 Heathview Gardens, Putney Heath, written instead, dated 20th Oct. 1911.  £675 3pp., signed, slight damage to upper margins. A letter accepting an invitation to a dinner in December. Shackleton writes in continuation: “My wife would have been keen to have come but the fact is she is nursing a baby and cannot get away whilst that is on. Would it be possible for her to accept if there is any change in these domestic arrangements before the dinner comes off? She would so much like to be present”.


149. Shackleton, Ernest H. South. The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917. London: William Heinemann, [1936]. £575 Reprint of the Abridged edition. 8vo. pp. xvii, 205; 32 plates, 3 plans to text; minor soiling, flyleaf slightly stained with vertical crease, else very good in the original cloth, a little bumped. A presentation copy, inscribed from expedition member “To Sasha from Eng. Com. L. R. Rickinson R.N. April 14/1938”. Renard 1471. Shackleton’s account of the Endurance expedition to the Antarctic during which the ship became trapped in ice and sank leaving Shackleton and his crew stranded - went into many editions after the first of 1919. This later edition of the book was signed by Lewis Rickinson, chief engineer of the Endurance, of whom Shackleton wrote: “He was one of those eager souls who do more than their share of work, and who will try to do more than they are physically capable of doing” (p. 74). The observation came in the context of the expedition’s landing on Elephant Island, during which Rickinson suffered a mild heart attack while landing one of the boats. Rickinson survived the ordeal, and joined the Royal Navy on his return to England. After the war he became a consulting engineer, but in the 1930s rejoined the Royal Navy, becoming engineer naval commander. Copies of Shackleton’s book signed by relatively unknown members of the expedition are uncommon.

150. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] Cecil Hammersley. ‘With Shackleton in the Frozen Seas.’ An article in The Captain, March 1917, pp. 416-426. London: George Newnes, 1917. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. iv, [ii], [401]-480; 7 photo. illusts. by Frank Hurley to the Hammersley article, a further photo. illusts. to p. 401, further illusts. relating to other articles; some embrowning (poor paper quality), good in the original pictorial wrappers with a portrait of Shackleton in exploring gear, some wear with loss to spine and lower margin of lower wrapper. Not in Spence. This is an early article devoted to Shackleton’s Endurance expedition to the Antarctic in 1914-17. The article concludes with a separate section entitled ‘Sir Ernest Shackleton as I knew him’ by Frank Hurley. South, Shackleton’s own account of the expedition, was not published until the end of 1919.



151. Shackleton, Ernest H. A letter from Shackleton to “My dear Bridgman” on S. Y. Endurance, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, letterhead, dated 26th Oct. [1914].  £1,500 A bifolium, 1p. completed by Shackleton and signed by him, with the original envelope, addressed by Shackleton, stamp missing, hand-addressed ‘El Uruguayo’ to front of envelope. Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition departed from Buenos Ayres in October 1914. Shackleton arrived at the city aboard El Uruguayo on the 16th October, and stayed at the Plaza Hotel. In the flurry of activity that surrounded his departure on the expedition, Shackleton was able to pen a quick line to his London chauffeur E. Bridgman: “My dear Bridgman, Just a line in farewell I have been to [sic] busy to write but will from S. Georgia and will settle things better for you. I have been very worried but things all better. Kindest regards your wife, Yours Ernest Shackleton.” The lettter was carried back to Britain aboard El Uruguayo,

151 152. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] Lunch given in Honour of Sir E. Shackleton. Lima, 19th October 1916. N.p. ?Lima, 1916. £1,750 A printed menu for the Restaurant del Parque Zoologico, approx. 9 x 16 cm. (18 x 16cm. when opened), signed in pencil by Shackleton on p. 2 (a blank).


Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition - the Endurance expedition culminated with the rescue of his men from Elephant Island with the help of the Chilean ship Yelcho. The expedition returned to Punta Arenas on the 3td September, 1916, and Shackleton in the weeks that followed made visits and lectured in Chile and Uruguay, the countries that had provided support for the rescue of his men. He remained in Lima for a few days before departing for San Francisco en route to rescue the remaining members of the expedition in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, and the lunch at the Zoological Park Restaurant was given in his honour shortly before his departure.

152 153. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] ‘Philharmonic Hall, Great Portland Street, W. … Sir Ernest Shackleton himself shows the Marvellous Moving Pictures, and tells the story of his latest Antarctic Expedition.’ [Vail & Co., Printers, London, W.1], n.d. [1919]. £295 8vo. pp. 4; portrait of Shackleton to upper cover, image of Endurance to p. 3 and image of the crew “Adrift” to final page; VG in self-wrappers, minor creasing.


This is a programme for the film by Frank Hurley of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. The performance, which incorporated also stills and Shackleton’s lecture, had been shown to great acclaim at London’s Albert Hall on the 19th December, 1919. According to Shackleton’s biographer Hugh Robert Mill, “before the end of the year Shackleton had embarked on a series of lectures on the Endurance Expedition, illustrated by his marvellous film, at the Philharmonic Hall in Great Portland Street. He carried on this work almost without a break for five months, giving two demonstrations of two hours each daily for six days every week” (The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, p. 266). The flyer, a scarce survival in spite of its condition, provides a “Synopsis of the Story” and an advertisement at the rear states that “The boat in which Sir Ernest Shackleton and five companions made the historic voyage of 800 miles from Elephant Island to South Georgia is on view on the roof garden at Selfridges”.

155 155. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] Southward on the Quest. Shackleton’s Last Antarctic Expedition [so titled to upper cover]. Scala Souvenir, [?London], n.d. c. 1922. £2,250 First edition. Oblong folio. 8 phototype plates each approx. 227 x 290mm; some minor foxing to several plates, else very good in the original printed wrappers, excision to upper wrapper as issued to reveal Shackleton’s portrait from the first plate, minor creasing, a scarce item. Renard 1477; not in other bibliographies. This scarce ephemeral item seems to have been printed as a memorial to ‘The Boss’, and was possibly issued in tandem with the film of Shackleton’s last expedition. The brochure contains 8 images: ‘Farewell’ (a knee-length portrait of Shackleton doffing his hat, cigarette in hand); ‘The late Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Crew of the “Quest”’; ‘Frozen in the ice’; ‘The Ship’s Dog’; ‘Penguins on the Ice’; ‘Iceberg and Floe Ice’; ‘In Antarctic Garments’; ‘We left him under the Southern Cross’ (a view of the Shackleton memorial cairn). 

154. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] ‘Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool … The Most Wonderful Moving Pictures of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition 1914-1916 Three Days Only … March 21st, 22nd & 23rd, 1922 … Commander H. W. Harvey … (Organising Secretary) will tell the Thrilling Story of the Expedition…’ N.p. [?Liverpool], 1922. £175 A handbill, printed to both sides of a single sheet, approx. 14 x 22cm., very browned and slightly frayed. This, a rare survival, advertises a lecture given after Shackleton’s death earlier in 1922 by Commander H. W. Harvey. It is not clear what connects Harvey to either Shackleton or his expeditions, but we have found newspapers notices of lectures by Harvey in Australia, according to which Harvey was a “personal friend of the late Sir Ernest Shackleton” (The Telegraph, Brisbane, Feb 28, 1931).

156. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] Regina W. Daly. The Shackleton Letters. Behind the Scenes of the Nimrod Expedition. The Erskine Press, 2009.£27.50 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 360; illusts., folding map to rear endpaper; original cloth in d.j., new. Limited edition, one of 450 copies signed by the author. This work publishes, often for the first time, 165 letters and telegrams sent by Shackleton and others between February 1907 and August 1909. They illuminate the Nimrod expedition from many perspectives, before its departure, during its course, and after its return.



157 158 157. Shepherd, C. W. The North-West Peninsular of Iceland: Being the Journal of a Tour in Iceland in the Spring and Summer of 1862. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1867. £225 First edition. 8vo. pp. xii, 162, [2, ads.]; 2 chromolithographic plates of Isa-fjõrdr and Goda-Foss, one folding map; hinges slightly cracked, else a very good copy in the original green cloth, gilt, slightly darkened on spine.


The author visited Iceland, his second journey there, in order to explore the NorthWest Peninsular and the Vatna Jõkull. “I believe that the exploration of the first of these districts had never been attempted by any traveller previous to the journey … nor had that of the second until Mr. Holland and I made an attempt to ascend the Õræfa Jõkull” (Preface). Though the expedition was not entirely successful, Shepherd’s account of it is an important record.

158. Shirase, Nobu. ‘The First Japanese Polar Expedition’ in an issue of The Independent: A Weekly Magazine, vol. LXXIII, Number 3331, October 3, 1912, pp. 769-773. New York, 1912. £450 First edition. 8vo. pp. xiv (ads.), 749-814, xv-xxx (ads.); 5 b&w photo. illusts. to Shirase’s article, illusts. to other articles; minor age-toning, else very good in the original printed decorated wrappers, previous owner’s inkstamp to wrappers and first leaf (Joseph F. Smith), slightly soiled. Spence 2448; Ross Lieutenant Nobu Shirase… a Bibliography 3.13 (“Very scarce”). The Japanese Antarctic Expedition, under the command of Shirase, set out aboard the Kainan-Maru in December 1910 to reach the South Pole. After various difficulties this initial aim gave way to an exploration of the coastal region of King Edward VII Land. The expedition climbed the eastern part of the Ross Ice Shelf, planting the Japanese flag, and returned to Japan in June, 1912. “This is the earliest published firsthand account of the JAE in English, by Shirase himself. The article is in the form of an interview with Shirase” (Ross).

159. [Shirase, Nobu.] Lara Dagnall & Hilary Shibata, trans. & ed. The Japanese South Polar Expedition 1910-1912 - A Record of Antarctica. Bluntisham/Erskine Press, 2011. £35 First English edition. 8vo. pp. 416; colour and b & w illusts.; new in original boards. The first English translation of the narrative sections from Shirase’s account of the Japanese South Polar Expedition.



160. Smedal, Gustav. Souveräntitätsfragen der Polargebiete. Norwegische Interessen in den Eismeeren. Oslo: Kamban Forlag, 1943. £25 First edition in German. 8vo. pp. 56; 8 leaves of photo. illusts., 5 sketch maps; very good in the original printed wrappers, which are browned, chip to foot of spine. Not in the usual bibliographies. Smedal published in 1931 a work entitled Acquisition of Sovereignty over Polar Area, in which claims to sovereignty over parts of the Arctic were discussed, as was the sector principle as applied in the Antarctic. The present work, which was also published in Norwegian, recaps considerations relating to the issue, but also updates the subject in relation to the two poles. Twenty-five pages are devoted to the Arctic, followed by five on the Antarctic. The Norwegians were particularly concerned to maintain their own claims to sovereignty over Dronning Maud Land in the Antarctic, which was visited by the German Schwabenland expedition in 1938-9 (mentioned by Smedal in the book at p. 54).

161. Speaight, Richard Neville. Memoirs of a Court Photographer. London: Hurst & Blackett Ltd., n.d. [1926]. £95 First edition. 8vo. pp. 252; plates from photos, illusts.; minor spotting, age-toning to tissue-guards of plates, else good in the original cloth, gilt, string marks to upper board. An inscribed presentation copy from the author. Speaight (1875-1938) was a portrait photographer, who from the late 19th century photographed members of the Royal British family. This memoir largely relates to his career, but a chapter is devoted to his ‘Expedition to Spitsbergen’: in August 1917, Speaight, with Herbert Ponting, visited the Arctic on behalf of the Northern Exploration Company with Sir Harry Brittain and other Company members. Speaight reproduces in the book only one of his Spitsbergen images, though a subsequent exhibition of them was held at his Bond Street galleries with an opening by Sir Martin Conway. Speaight intriguingly refers to his meeting, in Spitsbergen, with “Frank Wilde, the famous explorer, who has been a friend of mine ever since”.

162. Stam, David H. & Deirdre C. Stam, eds. Books on Ice. British and American Literature of Polar Exploration. New York: The Grolier Club, 2005. £30 First edition. 8vo. pp. xxi, 157; illusts., map endpapers; as new in original wrappers. This catalogue of the Grolier Club exhibition curated by the editors in 2005 provides descriptions of the books, ephemera and objects on display, which date from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

163. Stefansson, Vilhjalmur. The Friendly Arctic. The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1921. ÂŁ75 First edition. 8vo. pp. xxxi, 784; numerous photo. illusts., 3 single-page maps, 4 folding maps, 2 large folding maps in pocket at rear; very good in the original blue cloth, gilt. AB 16808. The Canadian expedition of 1913-18, led by Stefansson, carried out important work in unknown areas of the western Canadian Arctic, and this in spite of the loss of its principle ship, the Karluk, in the Beaufort Sea and the deaths of two expedition members.

164. Vilensky, E. S. Papanin. [Odessa:] Tsentradniy Komitet, 1939. ÂŁ195 First Ukrainian edition. Square 8vo. pp. 208; a few illusts. from photos.; good in the original decorated blue cloth, slightly soiled. An account of the Soviet NP-1 expedition, during which Papanin and four colleagues floated on an ice-floe across the Arctic sea.




BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES AB – Arctic Bibliography. Prepared ... under the Direction of the Arctic Institute of North America (16 vols., Washington, D.C.: Department of Defense, 1953-1975) Abbey Travel – J. Abbey Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 (2 vols., London: Curwen Press, 1956) Beddie - M. K. Beddie Bibliography of Captain James Cook (Second ed., Sydney: Mitchell Library, 1970) Chavanne - Josef Chavanne Die Literatur über die Polar-Regionen der Erde, bis 1875 (Vienna: Hölzel, 1878) Cheren & Grainger – George Cheren & John Grainger Exploring the North Polar Regions (Portrayed by postcards) (Lake Worth: G. Cheren, c. 1999) Conrad – L. J. Conrad Bibliography of Antartctic Exploration. Expedition Accounts from 1768 to 1960 (Washougal: L. J. Conrad, 1999) Denucé - J. Denucé Bibliographie Antarctique (Brussels, 1913; reprinted Orskey/Quaritch, London, 2002) Holland - Clive Holland Arctic Exploration and Development c. 500 b.c. to 1915. An Encyclopedia (New York & London: Garland, 1994) Jenkins – James Travis Jenkins Bibliography of Whaling (London: Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, 1948) Mitzman – Max E. Mitzman George Baxter and the Baxter Prints (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1978) Nathorst – A. G. Nathorst, J. M. Hulth, & G. de Geer Swedish Explorations in Spitzbergen 1758-1908 (Stockholm: Centraltryckeriet, 1909)


Neate – Jill Neate Mountaineering Literature. A Bibliography of Material Published in English (Milnthorpe: Cicerone Press; Seattle: Mountainbooks, 1986) NMMC - National Maritime Museum Catalogue of the Library. Volume One Voyages & Travel (London:HMSO, 1968) Pritzel – G. A. Pritzel Thesaurus Literaturae Botanicae Omnium Gentium (Leipzig: Brockhaus, 1871-7) Reid - G. W. Reid A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of George Cruikshank, with a list of books illustrated by him (London: Bell & Daldy, 1871) Renard – Julien G. R. Renard Major Collections of Antarctica (Collingwood, Australia: Gaston Renard, 1994) Rosove - Michael R. Rosove Antarctica, 1772-1922. Freestanding Publications through 1999 [and] Additions and Corrections Supplement to the Rosove Antarctic Bibliography (Santa Monica, California: Adélie Books, 2001 & 2008) Ross – Chet Ross Lieutenant Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1910-12: a bibliography (Santa Monica, California: Adélie Books, 2010) Sabin - Joseph Sabin Bibliotheca Americana: a dictionary of books relating to America, from its discovery to the present time (J. Sabin & Sons, New York, 1868-1936; reprinted N. Israel, Amsterdam, 1961-2) Schiøtz – Eller Hagerup Schiøtz Itineraria Norvegica: utlendingers reiser I Norge: en bibliografi (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1970-86) Spence – [Sydney A. Spence] J. J. H. & J. I. Simper, eds. Antarctic Miscellany: books, Periodicals & Maps relating to the Discovery and Exploration of Antarctica (Second ed., London, 1980)  Taurus - The Taurus Collection. 150 Collectable Books on the Antarctic. A Bibliography ed. Julian McKenzie. Notes by Richard Kossow (The Travellers Bookshop, London, 2001)




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The Polar Regions Catalogue 19  

A catalogue of books, maps, prints, and ephemera devoted to the Polar regions and high latitudes.