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Catalogue 113                                      Winter 2013


Box 75035, Cambrian Postal Outlet

Calgary, AB T2K 6J8




Cameron Treleaven, Proprietor A.B.A.C. / I.L.A.B., P.B.F.A., F.R.G.S.


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Dear Polar Collectors;

    Welcome to our latest catalogue and the first for 2013!  Our production for last year fell short of expectations but we now have two new staff members and still have hopes of three catalogues a year with the next scheduled for late May.   We still plan to be able to email out the catalogues in the future so please let us have your emails.   We will be exhibiting at the following fairs in 2013:
    February 9-10     Santa Monica, California
    February 15-17   San Francisco, California
    April 11-14         New York, New York
    June 13-15          Olympia, London, England
If you would like to look at anything specific, please let us know in advance and we can bring it along to the appropriate fair.  We are still working on our photography skills for the catalogue with the problem being the printer and not the camera!  We are happy to email better images to anyone that would like them.


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A Can't Lose Proposal


Alaska Atlin Mining Co.        Prospectus.        Juneau, Alaska: Alaska Atlin Mining Company,  1901.   26,(2). Near fine.  Octavo.  Original printed tan wrappers with map illustration on the front wrapper.  2 full page illustrations with one in text illustration.  Four panel panorama.  Four page folding map.  2 page stock application form tipped in at the rear.  A very nice copy.   

   Not located in any of the standard works.  Prospectus for a nascent firm holding claims on Douglas Island adjacent to the Great Treadwell Mines.  To quote the rear wrapper advertisement, “Mining for Gold Most Fascinating, Absolute Wealth Fear no Panic.  Gold mining is the most fascinating safe, lucrative and independent occupation in the world.”  I wonder what the investors would have thought about gold at $1750 an ounce!  A rare and interesting gold item. 
















 [Aleutian Islands ].        Aleutian Islands View Book  32 Illustrated Pages of Aleutian Scenes and Activities.        Alaska:  [circa 1944].   32pp. Very good.  Oblong 16mo.  Original wrapper printed in two colours.  32 black and white illustrations.  Front wrapper has a bit of an old stain on the binding edge, otherwise a nice clean copy.   

   Not in Tourville or Smith.  Very scarce wartime booklet probably produced as a souvenir for those stationed in the remote Islands.  Views include day-to-day activities and general scenery views.  The front wrapper indicates the booklet was passed by the Alaska Dept. Censor.  The rear wrapper has a brief history of the islands. 






 Amundsen, Roald.        My Life As an Explorer.        Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company,  1927, 1st Edition.   [viii],282pp. Very good.  Octavo in original gilt lettered blue cloth.  Top edge somewhat dust soiled.  One plate (frontispiece) and illustrations in text including map.  Foredge with a minor speckled stain.  Spine with a minor amount of darkening.  Generally a very clean copy.   

   A.B. 398; Rosove 11.A1; Spence 25. Biography with accounts of his NW Passage, Maud and South Pole expeditions and later attempts and flights to the North Pole with Ellsworth and Nobile.




 Amundsen, Roald.        Nordostpassagen, Maudfaerden Langs Asiens Kyst 1918-1920 H. U. Sverdrups Ophold Blandt Tsjuktsjerne Godfred Hansens Depotekspedition 1919-1920.        Kristiania: Gyldendalske Boghandel,  1921, 1st Edition.   [viii],467pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original illustrated wrappers.  Plates from photos, etc., illustrations (including 1 map), and 4 folding maps (at end).  Very light tide line on the last few leaves.  Uncut edges and partially unopened.   Missing part of the title panel on the spine.  A very clean copy in the fragile wrappered issue.   

   A.B. 399. Popular narrative of the first two years of Amundsen's Maud expedition, 1918-1925, undertaken to attempt a drift in waters north of Siberia and make scientific observations, includes accounts of H. U. Sverdrup's sojourn among the Chukchis and Godfrey Hansens' Depot Expedition, 1919-1920.  There is no English translation at present.  




 Amundsen, Roald.        Playing Cards   Captain Amundsen  Discoverer of the South Pole.        London: Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards,  1912.  Very good.  Original dark green gilt stamped box (7 X 9.5 X 2.5 cm.).  52 player cards with gilt edges.  Minor wear but overall in great condition.   

   I have been trying to find a set of these cards for over 10 years and finally acquired this set last June.  The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards has been producing presentation packs and commemorative packs of cards since 1882.  Each year they choose a different theme of which the Antarctic has been chosen twice (see our other listing). The present example is extremely decorative and shows Amundsen and his crew at the South Pole. Each one of the cards shows the same scene with a normal image of the regular suit of cards on the obverse.  The deck was issued in two colours, blue (our example) and red.  The ace of spades shows the image of the master of the society as well.  Complete decks along with the original box are very scarce even among card collectors. 





Inscribed to the Last Captain of the Fram


Amundsen, Roald.        Sydpolen Den Norske Sydpolsfaerd Med Fram 1910-1912.        Kristiania: Jacob Dybwads Forlag,  1912, 1st Edition.   4p.l.,528;3p.l.,424pp. Very good.  Two volumes octavo in original gilt lettered decorated blue cloth with original endpapers, sepia toned portrait, plates and illustrations (some full paged) in text from photos and  four folding maps and charts. Some very minor fading to spines else a nice clean set of the true 1st Edition.   

 Rosove 8.A2; Spence 14.  Account of the 1910-12 Norwegian Antarctic expedition. Amundsen, having learned that Peary had made his claim on the North Pole, changed course for the South Pole, crossed the Antarctic Circle on Jan. 2, 1911, and made the first motor passage of the ice pack, arriving at the Bay of Whales on Jan. 14, 1911.  Amundsen established depots as far south as 82 S and made a premature bid on the Pole on Sept 8 1911 reaching only 80 S before turning back.  On October 20, 1911 they set out again. On December 14, 1911 Amundsen, Bjaaland, Wisting, Hassel and Hanssen became the first men to reach the South pole.  Inscribed by Amundsen on the portrait in Volume 1 as follows:  Herr Chr. Doxrud pa Roald Amundsen Fram 2 July 1912.  The dedicatee is Christian Doxrud, the last Captain of the Fram.  A fabulous association copy. 





 [Amundsen, Roald].        European Travel Diary/Notebook.        1925.   130pp. Very good.  16 mo.  Original green buckram covers.  Front free endpaper missing.  A little loose otherwise in good condition.   

   The printed portion of the book consists of a small booklet entitled, "My Trip Travel Notes." The traveler used the book to record events such as: People I Met, Autographs, Art Galleries, Souvenirs, Famous Statues, Camping notes etc.  The owner, a Mary Louise Evens of Osage Iowa left New York June 17, 1925 for the U.K. and then onto Norway.  The interesting entry concerning Roald Amundsen is on 5 July 1925.  Today Amundsen arrived from the North Pole.  I never saw such a cheering and shouting.  He arrived by aireoplane and a whole lot of aireoplanes went to meet him.  There was a parade but no live band or music. ...  A total of 17 lines of text describing the event.  A great first hand account of the great explorer returning as a hero! 




 Anderson, George William.        A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World, Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority.  Containing a New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive, Full and Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages.        London: Alex. Hogg,  1784-1986, 1st Edition.   iv,(5)-655,(1),(4). Very good.  Folio. (38.2 X 25.5 cm.)  Original full mottled calf.  New spine to match.  Red label.  6 compartments.  Gilt and blind decoration.  Contemporary marbled endpapers.  Corners renewed.  Leather a bit worn.  Armoural bookplate of A.O. Lillifant.  Frontis portrait.  156 other plates, maps and charts including one large folding map of Cook's voyages.  Very clean and crisp on the interior with good clean impressions of the plates.   

   First edition of this omnibus of Cook's voyages including Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Mulgrave, Anson, and Drake's voyages.  The volumes was issued in 80 Sixpenny numbers "… or the Whole handsomely bound in Calf and lettered, complete in one large Volume, Price 2 8 0."  Although not particularly rare, many of the copies have been broken for the plates and maps and getting a nice complete copy in a good binding is not easy.  The subject matter certainly crosses over from the arctic, Antarctic to the Pacific.  See photo.





 Anonymous.        Hans and His Northern Home.        Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union,  1859, 1st Edition.   vii, 9-245pp. Very good.  16mo.  Original brown blind stamped cloth.  Vignette illustration on title page.  Frontispiece and 7 other full page illustrations.  Original coated yellow endpapers.  Mild to moderate foxing on a few pages more towards the front.  First leave of text browned.  Spine gilt still very good.   

   A very scarce little book intended for a younger audience based mostly on E.K. Kanes’ explorations.  The text revolves around Hans Hendrik's activities and his association with Kane.  The introduction indicates the book was written by a woman but we cannot find her identity.  One of two variants we have seen the other in blue cloth, otherwise they are identical. 




 [Arctic Club] Brewer, Wm. H.        The Arctic Club Manual.        New York: Arctic Club,  1906, 1st Edition.   63pp. Very good.  Octavo in original gilt lettered brown cloth and patterned green endpapers with frontispiece portrait of Prof. Wm. H. Brewer (President of the Club since its inception 1894), decorative illustrations, and in memoriam portrait plates (at end) of polar explorers.   

   Includes biographical list of members, and "A Chronological List of Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions to the Poles, North and West Passages and Relief Expeditions" compiled by Albert Operti.  Very scarce. 





 Bakaev, V.G.   Editor.        [Atlas of the Antarctic].        Moscow: Lgaunoe Upravlenie Geodezii I Kartografii MG,  1966, 1st printing.   XII, 225pp. Very good.  Elephant folio. (38 X 60 cm, 7.5 kg.) Original light blue buckram boards.  White lettering on spine and front board.  Blind outline of Antarctic continent on front board.  Heavy mottled paper endpapers.  Numerous charts, graphs, and maps, many two page and in full colour.  Binding has a bit of wear but overall in very nice sound condition for a book of this weight and size. With tattered dust jacket. The text is entirely in Russian.   

   A very comprehensive and detailed atlas of the Antarctic, representing the output of all Soviet Antarctic Expeditions up until the mid 1960's.  The atlas includes maps under the following headings: History of Exploration, Aurora, Cosmic Rays, Geomagnetism, Southern Ocean, and Biology.  An incredible work.  Very scarce, only the second copy we have handled. 





 Barron, Captain William.        Old Whaling Days.        Hull: Wm. Andrews & Co, the Hull Press,  1895, 1st Edition.   x,211pp. Very good.  Small Octavo (approximately 19cm tall) in original blue cloth and patterned endpapers.  Half title browned as normal.  Boards a bit dull.  Top edge gilt.  Generally very good, clean copy.   

   Jenkins p.78; AB1094 - "Accounts of the author's many whaling voyages to Baffin Bay during the mid 19th century, describing the weather and ice conditions, life on board and the uncertainties of the industry...."




 Boyson, V. F.        The Falkland Islands with Notes on the Natural History by Rupert Vallentin.        Oxford: Clarendon Press,  1924, 1st Edition.   xii,414pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original blue cloth with gilt title.  A light touch of wear on the extremities.  New endpapers.  Title page with a very slight amount of soiling.  Fore and bottom edges untrimmed and with a touch of foxing.  Generally very clean.  Single Spanish news clipping attached to rear endpaper.  Two maps including one folding.  33 other photographic illustrations.   A very presentable copy.   

   Very scarce.  The only copy we have had. It seems to be very scarce on the internet with the few copies showing up being mainly ex-library.




 Broke, George.        With Sack and Stock in Alaska.        London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,  1891, 1st Edition.   xi,158pp. +16pp. (Publisher's catalogue dated ca 1890.) Very good.  Small octavo in original blue cloth.  2 folding maps.  Upper corners and foot of spine slightly bumped else a clean, tight copy of a scarce title.   

   Neate B172; Tourville 678; Wickersham 4935.  Account of the attempt on Mt. St. Elias in 1888 by the British diplomat and member of the Alpine Club, Horatio George Broke (1861-1932).




 Brown, John.        The North-West Passage and the Plans for the Search for Sir John Franklin. A Review. And a Sequel to the North-West Passage, and the Plans for the Search for Sir John Franklin.  A Review.        London: E. Stanford,  1858, 1860, 1st Edition.   xiii,463,64,(4) pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Frontis illustration.  2 folded maps.  Original blind stamped blue pebbled cloth, gilt image of the arctic medal on front board.  Coated yellow endpapers.  The sequel has a single page map as the frontispiece and a single folding facsimile.  A very clean crisp copy.   

   Arctic Bibl. 2302 and 230 -"History of expeditions to arctic North American waters, 17th-19th centuries, and a review of opinions concerning the Northwest Passage...."  The sequel volume was issued as a separate and sometimes bound with the first work as in this case.  Very scarce in this original condition. 




 Brown, R. N. Rudmose.        A Naturalist at the Poles. The Life Work and Voyages of Dr. W. S. Bruce the Polar Explorer.        London: Seeley, Service & Co.,  1923, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  1p.l.,[vii]-[x],11-316pp. + [8].[4]pp. (Publisher's ads and catalogue.) Near fine in very good dust jacket.  Octavo in original illustrated black cloth with blue lettered spine and blue vignette of ship on front with frontispiece portrait and 22 plates from photos, one illustration (map) and 2 folding colour maps.  Original decorated dust wrapper.  Wrapper has had minor restoration and a number of closed tears repaired otherwise in very presentable condition.  A bright attractive copy.   


Rosove 51.A1 - State D; Spence 194; Arctic Bibliography 2334.  Includes much on Bruce's work in the Antarctic on the "Baleana" & "Scotia" expeditions, as well as his Franz Josef & Spitsbergen work.  Very scarce with the wrapper. 





 Bull, H. J.        The Cruise of the "Antarctic" to the South Polar Regions.        London: Edward Arnold,  1896, 1st Edition.   5p.l.,243pp. + 4pp. (ads) + 32pp. Very good.  Octavo in original silver decorated cloth and black coated endpapers with 12 plates, including frontispiece after painting W. L. Wyllie, A.R.A., and 11 plates after paintings by W. G. Burn Murdoch.  Half title.  32 page catalogue dated November 1897.  A superior copy with the silver gilt on the front board and spine in bright condition with only minor wear.   

   Rosove 55.A1; Spence 210; Jenkins p.85.  A presentation copy from J.C. Bull to Ivana Bull date 11/11/1905.  J.C. Bull was the author’s cousin, lived in England and provided valuable assistance with producing the book.  An account of the Norwegian expedition of 1894-5, sent out by Svend Foyn to investigate whaling possibilities in the Antarctic.  The expedition made the first known landing on the continent at Cape Adair. 








 Byrd, Admiral Richard E.        Byrd's Antarctic Expedition to the South Pole 1928.        Np: NP,  1928.  Very good.  Small paper drinking cup (9.5 CM high X 7 CM in diameter at the top).  The cup has been crushed slightly but is fully intact.   

An amazing survival.  This is the second one of the drinking cups I have had in 25 years.  I have no idea what they were done for.  My guess was either for an exhibition of some sort or perhaps just sold as a commemorative item of some sort or even a fund raiser.  Either way the cup is very attractive showing an image of the City of New York, one of the aircraft and someone with a dog team.  Great Ephemera!




Inscribed and Signed to Contemporary Roy Chapman Andrews

Byrd, Richard Evelyn.        Discovery. The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition.        New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,  1935, 1st Trade Edition. (Hardcover)  xxi,[3],405pp. Fine in fine dust jacket.  Octavo.  Plates from photos.  Original gilt lettered blue cloth, blue top edge, with endpaper maps; minor wear to extremities of dust jacket.  Warmly inscribed and signed Dick Byrd from the author to noted American explorer and naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews, who would later become Director of the American Museum of Natural History.  A very attractive, bright, clean association copy in the dust jacket. 

   Spence 229.  Copies of exploration titles inscribed from explorer to explorer are very scarce. 





 [Canadian Hydrographic Service].        Pilot of Arctic Canada : Vols I- III.        Ottawa: Canadian Hydrographic Service,  1959- 1965, 1st edition, 1st volume reprinted.   [xxiv] 183,[xi] 434, [x] 370pp. Good to very good.  3 volumes association copy.  Octavo.  Publisher's white cloth; titles to front boards.  Former owner's name in ink to front boards, boards of all somewhat rubbed with soiling to edges.  Former owner's name in marker to front paste-down of volumes 1 and 2.  Ink stamp to paste-down of volume 2 with further stamp to title page.  Illustrated with maps, some folding and B&W photographs in text.  Tape repairs to some maps.  Errata bound in to volume 2.  Supplement pocket to rear pastedown of all volumes; supplement maps and pamphlets included.   

   Personal copy of O.C.S. Robertson, captain of Canada's first ice-breaker, with his signature on all 3 vols.  Vol.2 stamped "Confidential" under the Official Secrets Act.  One of a kind. 




 [Canadian Pacific Railway].        Low Rate One Way Excursions in Canadian Pacific Railway Tourist Sleeping Cars to the Pacific Coast without Change [Cover Title].        [Montreal: Canadian Pacific Company Ltd,  [copyright page removed circa 1898]. (Folder)  [14]pp. Good to very good.  Sheet (approximately 22.4 X 70cm) folded to narrow octavo.  Illustrations from drawings and sketch diagram of, "The Route to Alaska: Route of Boston - Seattle through car, and the Gold Train from Montreal."  Faint agents stamp on rear cover.   

  An interesting CPR pamphlet that seems to produced to give people guidelines for getting to the Klondike Gold Rush by traveling across Canada through Montreal.  The map is a route map to Alaska from Boston to Seattle/Vancouver/Victoria.  They are referring to the train as the Gold Train!  There are numerous notations in the text referring to the Klondike and the Gold fields.  Quite Scarce. 





 Cowan, Frank.        Revi-Lona  a Romance of Love in a Marvelous Land.        Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Frank Cowan,  [1879], 1st Edition.   247pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original black pebbled cloth.  Somewhat faded gilt title on spine.  Contemporary signature on the front free endpaper.  Bookplate removed with a trace of glue stain.  A clean copy with no foxing.   

   Locke Spectrum of Fantasy page 59.  A lost race novel set in the Antarctic about a man from Pennsylvania who travels to the South Pole where a race of big and beautiful women ruled and little and learned men obeyed! 




 D'urville, Jules S-C Dumont     Edited and Translated by Helen Rosenman.        An Account in Two Volumes of Two Voyages to the South Seas by Captain Jules S-C Dumont D'urville of the French Navy to Australia, New Zealand, Oceania 1826-1829 in the Corvette Astrolabe and to the Straits of Magellan, Chile, Oceania, South East Asia, Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand and Torres Strait 1837-1840 in the Corvettes Astrolabe and Zelee. Volume 1 : Astrolabe 1826-1829 ; Volume 2 : Astrolabe and Zelee 1837-1840.        Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, #0-8248-1223-9,  1987, 1st edition. (Hardcover)  liii, 312 ; xii, 313-634 pp. Fine.  Octavo.  Beige cloth with gilt title on red on spine in  blue slip case.  Black and white plate sketches in text.  Maps.   

   The translation of a condensed history of Dumont d'Urville's two major voyages of discovery to the South Pacific omitting all the scientific results and d'Urville's search for relics of the la Perouse expedition at Vanikoro. 





 Davies, Eloise E.        Robert E. Peary  at the North Pole.        Rockville MD: Foundation for the Promotion of the Art of Navigation,  1989, 1st Edition.   181,(74),  11,(5). Very good.  Quarto.   Original blue printed wrappers on the main report and white wrappers on the supplement.  Numerous maps, charts, figures, and facsimiles throughout.   

   This scarce report was the results of the Art of Navigation Foundation performing a study on based on Peary's original diary and published results from his attempt at the North Pole.  The study is very technical and scientific in nature and was presented to the National Geographic Society.  Further evidence of the controversy. 





H.W. Tilman's Copy

Davis, J.K.        High Latitude.        Melbourne: Melbourne University Press,  1962, 1st Edition.   xvi,292pp. Very good in poor dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original green cloth.  Boards slightly bowed and worn.  Dust jacket very worn and torn missing a large piece front the rear panel.  Plates (including frontispiece portrait) from photos and 6 illustrations (maps) in text.  Contents clean.   

   Rosove 88.A1.b; Spence 355.   H.W. Tilman's copy with his signature on the front endpaper and dated Nov. 1963.  John King Davis' biographical account of his part in several major Antarctic expeditions, including Shackleton's first expedition, 1907-09. Mawson's 1911-14 expedition and he led the expedition to retrieve the Ross Sea members of Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition.  Books from Tilman's library are very scarce. 




 Davis, John King.        With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic 1911-1914.        London: Andrew Melrose, Ltd.,  [no date circa 1919], 1st Edition.   xxi,[1],183pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original Blue gilt decorated cloth.   Many illustrations in text from photos.  Maps, plus folding map at end.  Edges a bit foxed, otherwise a clean copy.  Spine and front board lettering a bit dull as usual.  A far better copy than normal, without the usual bubbling of the cloth.   

   Rosove 87.A1.9; Spence 384. With Douglas Mawson's first Antarctic expedition, by the captain of the "Aurora," the expedition ship.  This copy inscribed by Davis to W.J.G. (William James Grierson) Prophit in Melbourne Oct 19th 1924. Prophit was born in August 1900 and entered the Royal Navy as an assistant clerk in the battleship Ajax in the Grand Fleet in August 1917, in which ship he served until the end of the War, latterly as a Paymaster Midshipman.  Between the Wars he enjoyed steady promotion, served as secretary to captain (afterwards admiral of the fleet) “ABC” Cunningham, D.S.O.  A very scarce account, especially inscribed and with an association. See photo. 




 Dithmer, Elisabeth.        The Truth About Nobile and Da Nobile Blev Reddet.        London, Kobenhavn: Williams & Norgate; V. Thaning & Appel,  1933, 1929, 1st Editions thus.   77; 32pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Bound in old full blue cloth with leather label.  Two works bound together both with their original wrappers bound in.  Both with frontis ports.  Fine clean copies of each.   

   Arctic Biblio. 3976, 3974.  The second item was translated and published as the first chapter of the Truth About Nobile.  The author/translator seems to have championed Nobile's cause and promoted him in both English and Norwegian.  All of the works are quite ephemeral and seem very scarce especially with the two works being bound together. 





Inscribed and Signed

Drygalski, Erich Von.        Zum Continent Des Eisgen Sudens.        Berlin: Georg Reimer,  1904, 1st Edition.   xiv,[2],668pp. Near fine.  Quarto in original decorative grey cloth, dark grey endpapers with photogravure frontispiece, 4 folding plans and diagrams, 5 plates (one panorama and two double-paged), 2 double-paged charts, numerous illustrations in text, and 2 maps (including one folding in rear pocket).  A very nice bright attractive copy.   

   Rosove 101.A1.a.; Spence 384.  Official account of the German South Polar Expedition with a general narrative, brief biographies, details of the ship and general outfit, and a summary of the scientific observations.  This copy inscribed to Herr Prof. L. Martin and signed by the author.  Bonham's recently auctioned a signed copy which made 3250 pounds!





 Emmons, S. F.        Map of Alaska Showing Known Gold-Bearing Rocks with Descriptive Text Containing Sketches of the Geography, Geology, and Gold Deposits and Routes to the Gold Fields.        Washington, D. C.: United States Geological Survey,  1898, 1st Edition. (Wrappers)  44pp. + Map. Very good.  Octavo in new gray wrappers with large colour folding map (at end).   

   Arctic Bibl.  18358.  Map shows, "… the gold and coal fields of Alaska, together with the principal steamer routes and trails (and with two insets: trails from the tidewater to the headwaters of the Yukon River; the Klondike gold region)".  Most of the text deals with the Yukon and not so much on Alaska. Essentially this is a Klondike guide book. 





 Forestier-Blazart, Nadine et Jean-Claude.        Le Passage Du Nord-Oues: Le Sacrifice de Joseph-René Bellot À la Recherche de Sir John Franklin!        Hexagone, Aix-En-Provence: Georges Naef, #978-2-8313-0416-8,  2011, 1st Edition.   207pp. As new.  Collection L'Adventure du monde.  Quarto. French language text. Illustrated glossy wrappers.  Richly filled with many B&W and coloured illustrations.  A fantastic book.  Signed and inscribed by Nadine et Jean-Claude Forestier-Blazart.

    Inscribed 'with best wishes' from the authors in black ink on the title page. A great resource regarding the search for the North-West passage and a new biography of Bellot. 




 Freeman, Milton.        Inuit Land Use and Occupancy Project in Three Volumes; Volume One, Land Use and Occupancy; Volume Two, Supporting Studies; And Volume Three, Land Use Atlas.        Ottawa: Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, #0-660-00399-6,  1976, 1st Edition.   263, 287, xxiii,154pp. Very good.  Quarto.  Original printed decorative wrappers.  Numerous maps both folding and single page.  Wrappers have a little light wear otherwise a great copy.   

   Very scarce Canadian Government study which does not seem to have been revised as yet .  Most copies went into libraries and a nice clean copy does not seem to show up very often. 




Fuchs, Vivian, Sir.        Playing Cards   Transantarctic Expedition Commemorating the Successful Crossing by Sir Edmund Hilary and Dr. Vivian Fuchs.        London: Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards,  1958.  Fine.  Original grey with gilt highlights box.  Complete deck in unopened condition with original blue tax seal. The box contains a double deck with examples of the cards on the bottom of the box.  Other than a small bit of soiling on the box it is a fine set.   

   This is one of two examples of commemorative playing cards produced by the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards that relate to polar exploration.  (See our listing for Amundsen in this catalogue.)  Each one of the cards shows Hillary and Fuchs shaking hands at the south pole.  The decks were produced in with either a blue border or maroon border and in single and double decks.  2100 packs were produced with double packs being sent to Hillary and Fuchs.  Scarce.





 Fuchs, Vivian, Sir.        Playing Cards   Transantarctic Expedition Commemorating the Successful Crossing by Sir Edmund Hilary and Dr. Vivian Fuchs.        London: Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards,  1958.  Fine.  Original grey with gilt highlights box.  Complete deck in unopened condition with original blue tax seal. The box contains a single deck with examples of the card on the bottom of the box.  Other than a very small bit of soiling on the box a fine set.   

   This is one of two examples of commemorative playing cards produced by the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards that relate to polar exploration.  (See our listing for Amundsen in this catalogue.)  Each one of the cards shows Hillary and Fuchs shaking hands at the south pole.  The decks were produced in with either a blue border or maroon border and in single and double decks.  2100 packs were produced with double packs being sent to Hillary and Fuchs.  Scarce.  See photo.





 Goetzman, H.J.        Souvenir of the Klondyke   Showing the Way People Traveled and the Hardships They Underwent to Get into Dawson, Also Views and Street Scenes of Dawson, and the Gold Regions.        Dawson City, Yukon Territory: H.J. Goetzman,  1901, 1st printing.   90 unnumbered pages. Near fine.  Oblong quarto.  Original decorated purple embossed wrappers.  Spine a touch faded and corners very slightly bumped.  In remarkable condition for a large pamphlet.   

   Very scarce item indeed, not showing up in Wickersham, Smith, or Tourville.  Only 8 copies showing up on Worldcat with only 3 copies in Canada.  The entire pamphlet is captioned black and white photographs. 





 Goodchild, George.        The Man from Alaska, a Complete Novel of the Northland.        New York: Novel Magazine Corporation,  1926, 1st printing thus.   128pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original highly decorative wrappers.  A few black and white drawing in text.  Paper browned as usual but still not fragile.  A very attractive copy of a fragile item.   

   Despite the title this novel is set in the Klondike.  "Over the Chilcoot into the swirl of hungry, starving, fighting, half crazed humanity Dan Winton drifted with his dogs and furs - into a saloon and dance hall and smash into a fight and his first and only romance."  Stirring stuff indeed.  The novel is full length being 102 pages of the magazine.




 Goodsell, Dr. J.W.        With Peary on the Dash for the Pole.  (Lecture Ephemera).        Pittsburgh: A.W. McCloy,  [circa 1910], 1st printing. (Wrappers)  4pp. Very good.  Quarto.  4 printed pages.  Illustrations from photos.  Single half page map.  Old creases from folding.  Slightly soiled.   

   Interesting lecture brochure from a lecture series? Put on by Godsell.  Godsell was on Peary's 1908-09 North Pole expedition from Ellesmere Island.  The lecture was well illustrated with over 100 lantern slides and certainly was biased towards Godsell's contribution.  Very scarce. 





 Gordon, Lieut. A. R.        Report of the Hudson's Bay Expedition of 1886 Under the Command of Lieut. A. R. Gordon, R. N.        [Ottawa],  1887, 1st printing.   133pp. Very good.  Octavo in original blue wrappers.  Complete with tables, 2 plates (double frontispiece) and 4 folding maps. Minor dust soiling, with minor repairs to the wrappers.  Clean with the maps in excellent condition.  Very scarce especially in the original wrappers.   

   A.B. 2714. Account of the Expedition of the D.S.S. Alert, with a brief narrative of the voyage and its scientific observations in Hudson Strait and Bay, including meteorological, ice conditions, resources, flora and fauna by F. F. Payne, on the geology of the north-west coast of Hudson's Bay by Robert Bell and general remarks on navigation.  Series: Canada. Sessional Papers. No. 15- 50 Victoria A. 1887.





 Gould, Lieut-Commander R.T.  R.N.        Chart Showing the Vicinity of Kind William Island  with the Various Positions in Which Relics of the Arctic Expedition Under Sir John Franklin Have Found.        n.p.: Admiralty,  1927.  Very good.  Single page chart, unfolded as issued. (43 X 67.5 cm.)  Printed in red, blue and black ink.  A few minor old creases otherwise in very nice condition.   

   Admiralty chart 5101.  This very scarce separately produced chart shows King William Island at the center surrounded by Boothia Pensinsula, the mainland and Victoria Island.  On the chart are plotted all of the known finds up to 1927 related to the Franklin expedition and the crews retreat.  A fascinating chart with much information on which to speculate. 





 Harrington, John.        The Franklin Recovery Expedition.        Georgetown: Privately Printed,  1993, 1st Edition.   5p.l.,98pp. Very good.  Quarto. Printed on rectos only with hand-coloured illustrations and coloured plates from photos. Bound in gilt lettered leather backed black cloth boards. Blind stamped image of a ship on the front board.  Signed by the author on the title page.   

   Account of the 1993 Franklin Recovery Expedition to excavate, analyze and interpret a Franklin site discovered on King William Island during the summer of 1992.  The author made several privately funds trips to King William to look for evidence of the Franklin Expedition.  Each copy of the narrative was dedicated to one of the crew members on the Erebus and Terror.  This being 32/62 of the Terror edition out of a total edition of 129 copies, dedicated to Luke Smith, Petty Officer and Stoker.  As each copy of the book was hand coloured by the author it is thought that only a small number of copies were actually finished. 





 Heilprin, Angelo.        Alaska and the Klondike  a Journey to the New Eldorado with Hints to  the Traveller And Observations on the Physical History and Geology of the Gold Regions, the Condition of and Methods of Working the Klondike Placers, and the Laws Governing and Regulating Mining in the North-West Territory of Canada.        London: C. Arthur Pearson,  1899, 1st UK Edition.   x 315pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original yellow decorated boards.  Boards a bit soiled.  3 folding maps.  35 full page illustrations.  Old, small very light blind stamp on the front endpaper.  Contents clean and tight.   

   Tourville 2020 Smith 4311, Wickersham 3931.  The author gives a fair and accurate account of the Klondike region just after the rush with good information for any potential travelers. Scarce in nice condition.  See photo.





 Hobbs, William Herbert.        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: Worcester Polytechnic Institute.,  1929, 1st printing.   12 unnumbered pages. Good to very good.  Octavo.  Original printed grey wrappers.  Front and rear wrappers have a few small grease stains.  Staples a bit rusted.  A bit soiled.   

   Not in the Arctic Bibliography.  A Peary motivational speech to inspire engineers!  Scarce, only the second copy we have encountered. 





 J.Jaques & Son.        Off to Klondike.        London: J.Jaques & Son,  [1899].  Very good.  Large folding four section game board.  (40 X 72 CM unfolded)  Each section is covered in red cloth with blind decoration and cloth hinges.  The title is embossed on a gold image of a nugget.  The game image is a multicoloured litho image.  There is no box or game pieces with the board which stands on its own.  The board is in excellent condition.   

   This wonderful Klondike game starts in Montreal, head across Canada to Victoria where the players separate to either go through Skagway and over the Chilkoot Pass or head down the Yukon River through Fort Yukon, Circle City and onto Dawson.  A wonderful display piece and great to play on a snowy night.  We can locate no references to the game and it is not in the Collezioni Del Museo Nazionale Della Montagna catalogue.




43    Text Box: 81

Jackson, Frederick G.  Preface by Sir F. Leopold McClintock.        A Thousand Days in the Artic.        London: Harper & Brothers,  1899, 1st U.K. edition.   xxi,551;xv,580pp. Very good.  Tall octavo.  Original gilt decorated blue cloth.  15 plates, 5 folding maps, numerous text illus.  Top edge gilt. Corners a bit bumped.  A touch of foxing on the first few leaves.   

   Arctic Biblio. 7943 First edition, first issue with the decorated front boards.  A superior copy of a book that is difficult to get in nice condition.  The narrative of the Jackson-Harmsworth expedition financed by Harmsworth and lead by Jackson.  The famous meeting of Nansen, Johansen and Jackson occurred on this expedition after they left the Fram and her North Pole drift. 




 Lobel, de Loicq.        Exploration a Travers le Klondyke et L'alaska, 1898 Contained in the Bulletin de la Societe de Geographie.        Paris: Societe de Geographie,  1899.   132pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original printed wrappers.  Wrappers somewhat browned and a bit fragile.  A few old small institution stamps.  Several plates and in-text maps.  Untrimmed.   

   Very scarce.  Does not show up in any of the standard bibliographies.  The Klondike article is on pages 95-132.  The article contains a single folding map of Klondike and Chilkoot Pass.  See Tourville 4436 for the only reference I can find on the author. 





 Lonneux, Martin J., S.J. and His Catechists.        Catholic Manual of Prayers in Innuit.        Chaneliak, Alaska:  [circa 1950], 1st printing.   107pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original cloth backed paper covered wrappers.  Cloth spine.   

   Tourville 2790.  Fr. Lonneux was a Belgian that came to Alaska and the Yukon River delta when he was 34.  He translated many Catholic Prayers, Hymnals, and the Catechism into Inuit during his time with the local people. Fr.Lonneux had a special typewriter made that allowed him to type in Inuit.  Very scarce. 





 Manby, George William.        Journal of a Voyage to Greenland in the Year 1821.        London: G. & B. W. Whittaker,  1823, 2nd Edition.   xi,225,(2). Very good.  Octavo. Bound in original marbled boards.  New brown calf spine to match.  Corners a bit worn.   20 tinted lithographic plates (including five folding) and partly hand coloured folding map. Some mostly light marginal spotting on the plates.  Numerous drawings in the text.  A little light foxing on a few pages.   

   Arctic Bibliography 10844. "Account of a voyage with William Scoresby in the ship 'Baffin' into the northern Greenland sea ... Westward and home along the edge of the east Greenland pack." A fine description of early 19th century arctic whaling as practiced by the outstanding whaling captain of the time. The folding plates depicting arctic whaling operations (one showing a whaleboat being attacked by a polar bear) are among the earliest published. First issued in 1822 in quarto format.  An arctic whaling classic. 





 Manby, George William.        Papers Relating to Captain Manby's Plan for Saving the Lives of Ship-Wrecked Mariners.        London: House of Commons,  1813, 1st printing.   35pp. Very good.  Folio.  Extracted from a bound volume with evidence on the binding edge.  Folding map.  Numerous drawings in text.   A very nice clean copy.   

   Although not directly polar, Manby was fascinated with many elements of Maritime development. This was one of his contributions.  Very scarce. 




 Manby, George William, Esq.        Journal of a Voyage to Greenland in the Year   with Graphic Illustrations.        London: G. & B. W. Whittaker,  1822, 1st Edition.   viii,143pp. Very good.  Quarto (rebacked with new paper spine and label). Original boards, uncut.  With 20 full page plates, including one folding.   Partially hand coloured folding map. Some mostly light marginal spotting on the some of the fronts of the plates.  A bit of more moderate foxing on the back of a few plates.  A number of figures and vignette drawings in text.  Exterior of boards somewhat worn along the edges.   

   Arctic Bibliography 10844 (second edition). "Account of a voyage with William Scoresby in the ship 'Baffin' into the northern Greenland sea ... Westward and home along the edge of the east Greenland pack." A fine description of early 19th century arctic whaling as practiced by the outstanding whaling captain of the time. The folding plate depicts a whaleboat being attacked by a polar bear.  The lithographic illustrations are some of the earliest done in England.  Gouverneur Morris's (son) copy with his bookplate on the front pastedown.  Also see William Barr's excellent article on Manby in the Polar Record 37 P291-314. 





 Martin, Montague.        [Klondike]   Window Card for the Artist...  Price of Paintings...   Portrtaits  $25.00 to $200.00; Views of Claims  $20.00 to $100.00; Views of Cabins  $20.00 to $100.00.        Dawson City: Montague Dawson,  [circa 1899-1900].  Very good.  Octavo. (16 X 19.5 cm.)  Single piece of stiff card with printed decorative border.  Removed from an album with traces on back otherwise clean and attractive.   

   Great piece of Klondike ephemera for the artist Montague Martin, with prices for various subjects.  With a Dawson Post Office imprint on the bottom.  We can find no reference to the artist but have not checked any Dawson directories. 





 Mathers, C. W.        A Souvenir from the North.        Edmonton, Alberta: C. W. Mathers,  1901, 1st Edition.   23,[1]pp. Very good.  Oblong Octavo in original illustrated wrappers with title page and illustrations from photos by C. W. Mathers.  Covers are a bit soiled otherwise a very nice clean copy.   

   Not in Peel 3rd Edition. Photographs taken on a 2,000 mile trip from Edmonton to the mouth of the MacKenzie River.  Mathers was an Edmonton photographer who initially worked for the Calgary firm of Boorne and May and then bought them out in the late 19th century.  He covered much of the north and produced a good deal of images including the Inuit.  This view book is quite scarce especially in this condition. 




Mawson, Sir Douglas.        The Home of the Blizzard. Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914.        London: William Heinemann,  1915, 1st Edition.   xxx,349;xiii,338pp. Very good.  Two volumes. Quarto.  Original decorated blue cloth with two photogravure plates (frontispieces), eighteen colour plates, B&W plates from photos, illustrations (including maps), and three folding maps in rear pocket of volume II. Spine lettering on both volumes somewhat dull as usual.  Both front boards are bright and clean with only minimal wear to the silver.  Top edges a bit dust soiled.  A couple of corners a bit bumped.  A much superior set than is normally found.   

    Spence 773.  Rosove 217.  Account of the 1911-14 Australian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. The expedition discovered 1,320 miles of land, including the Mertz, Denman, and Scott Glaciers; the Davis Sea; and mapped 800 miles of coastline between Gaussberg and Cape Adare, along Adelie Land coast and beyond. 




 McClintock, Captain.        A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and His Companions.        London: John Murray,  1859, 1st Edition..   xxvii,403pp. + [3]pp. (ads dated january, 1860). Near fine.  Octavo.  Bound in 19th century full polished calf.  Nicely gilt on spine with gilt board decoration.  Marbled endpapers and edges to match. 17 plates (including frontispiece), folding facsimile and 4 maps (on 3 folding sheets.   Folding map with minor professional repair to tear.   

   A.B. 10558.  Inscribed to Honourable Henry G. Elliot with Lady Franklin's affection. Rememberance  Dec. 16 1859.  Elliot was a British Diplomat and probably one of Lady Franklin's many supporters.  While copies of McClintock's book are not uncommon, Lady Franklin inscribed copies are now very scarce especially in nice condition.  Account of the private British Franklin search expedition, under Francis Leopold McClintock in the 'Fox,' sponsored by Lady Franklin to determine how Franklin and his men had died. During the first season the ship became stuck in the ice in Melville Bay, the second season McClintock was able to successfully navigate the ice of Melville Bay and sailed into Lancaster Sound, visiting Beechey Island. Turned back by ice in Peel Sound, 'Fox' made an attempt to reach King William Island via Prince Regent Island and Bellot Strait, but had to put in for the winter at the eastern end of Bellot Strait. In the spring a number of sledge parties were sent out and conclusive proof of Franklin's fate was found. 




 Mikkelsen, Ejnar.        Conquering the Arctic Ice.        Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs,  [1909], 1st US Edition.   xviii,470pp. Very good.  Octavo in original pictorial red cloth.  Gilt top edge others uncut.  Illustrations from photos (including frontispiece) and 2 maps, and folding map.  Corners a bit bumped.  Spine with just a touch of fading.  The polar bear illustration on the front board is clean and unworn.  A nice collectable copy.   

   A.B. 11421. Account of the Anglo-American Expedition, 1906-07, led by Mikkelsen and Leffingwell through the Bering and Beaufort Seas to winter quarters on Flaxman Island, spring sledge trip over the pack-ice of the Beaufort Sea, description of Flaxman and Herschel islands, and a sledge journey from Hershel Island along the northern Alaskan coast, across the Seward Peninsula to Nome then up the Yukon and Tanana Rivers to Fairbanks and Valdez. 





 Mill, Hugh Robert, Introduction by L. Dudley Stamp.        Hugh Robert Mill. An Autobiography.        London: Longmans, Green and Co.,  1951, 1st Edition.   xii,224pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original green cloth.  Original dust wrapper.  Slight wear on the corners of the wrapper, book is very nice.  Frontispiece.  5 illustrations from photos.   

   Spence 800.  From the rear flap: "This autobiography was completed shortly before Hugh Robert Mill's death in 1950.  Professor Stamp has described him as one of the leaders of the small band of pioneers who established the whole academic basis of geography as we know it today."   An amazing individual very closely connected with polar exploration in the first half of the 20th century.  Book seems much scarcer than it should be.




 Millard, Fred John.        Detecto Freti Hudsoni or Hessel Gerritsz's Collection of Tracts by Himself, Massa and de Quir on the N.E. And W. Passage, Siberia and Australia. Reproduced, with the Maps, in Photolithography in Dutch and Latin After the Editions of 1612 and 1613. Augmented with a New English Translation by ... And an Essay on the Origin and Design of This Collection by S. Muller Fz. Keeper of the Records at Utrecht. Plus Others [With] Description of the Land of the Samoyeds in Tartary, ... 1875.        Amsterdam: Frederick Muller & Co.,  1878, 1st Edition thus.   2p.l.,xxviipp. + facsimiles (unpaginated) + 47pp. Near fine.  Octavo in original printed paper covered boards. Unopened. At head (printed in red): the Arctic North-East and West Passage.  Large folding map and two page hemisphere.   

   Not in AB. This collection of tracts on Arctic discoveries by Hudson and other explorers, originally edited by Hessel Gerritsz in 1612, have been reproduced with the very rare Dutch original, the Latin translation, and all the maps. A new English translation has been added with a new essay by Mr. S. Muller to explain the origin and design of the collection.  Rare. 





 Monroe, F.J.        Revised Precinct Map of Seward Peninsula   the Arctic Gold Fields.        Nome: Northwestern Commercial Company,  1094.  Very good.  16mo.  (8.5X17cm.).  Original orange printed wrappers with tipped in folding tinted map (48X60cm).  The map has a few minor fold line tears, otherwise in great condition.   

   Not located in any of the standard bibliographies or on Worldcat.  An interesting folding map intended to promote the Northwestern Steamship Company's three steamers that worked the Seattle to Nome route.  The map shows much of the interior of the Seward Peninsula in very good detail.  Ads on the inside of the front wrapper give details on company supplies.




 Nansen, Fridtjof.        Farthest North. Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Fram"  1893-96  and of a Fifteen Months Sleight Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen.        New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers,  1897, 1st US Edition.   x(4)587;x(2)729pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original grey gilt decorated cloth.  Gilt titles on spines.  Top edge gilt.  Front endpapers have an old stain from a clipping.  Text blocks are clean, tight and sound.  4 folding maps in cover pockets of volume one.  16 coloured plates.  Frontispiece in each volume.  Numerous black and white illustrations including etching, gravures and half tones.   

   Arctic Biblio. 11983.  Boldly signed and dated by Nansen below his portrait frontispiece in vol.1.  With the bookplate of Canadian polar explorer and collector Andrew Taylor.  Very unusual signed. See photo.





 Nansen, Fridtjof Edited By.        The Norwegian North Polar Expedition 1893-1896. Scientific Results.        London: Longman's Green,  1901-1906, 1st Edition.  Various. Very good.  Quarto.  6 volumes bound in original green patterned cloth. Original decorated endpapers.  The set is slightly ex-library with a small perforated stamp at the bottom of vol. 1 and a small blind stamp at the bottom of the other title pages.  There are no other library markings. The bindings have had a small amount of professional restoration on the corners and a few hinges.  Pagination varies, thousands of pages, many maps & illus, some folding including in a pocket in the rear board of volume 2 and 4.  The set is very clean with no internal markings.   

   Arctic Bibl. 12004 - "These volumes consist of memoirs paged separately and numbered consecutively as published, without regard to systematic arrangement..."  These are the scientific results from Nansen's famous Fram expedition.  Volume 3 is inscribed from Nansen to Prof. O.E. Selulotz? and dated 1902.  Scarce, especially as a complete set with the Nansen signature.







North American Transportation and Trading Company.        Alaska and the Gold Fields of Nome, Port Clarence, Golovin Bay, Kougarok  the Klondike  and Other Districts.        Chicago?: North American Transportation and Trading Co.,  [1900].   168pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original highly decorative printed wrappers with raised printing and gold embossed.  Bottom right hand corner of wrapper is a bit worn otherwise in fine clean crisp condition.  Numerous black and white illustrations.  The last 25 pages are great interesting related adverts.  A very nice copy.   

   Tourville 3343.  Contains much on the Alaska scene but also has a very nice section on the Klondike and Districts about Dawson on Tributaries of Yukon.  Also in interesting section on Mining in Siberia.  Prime ephemera! 






 Norton, Henry Kittredge.        The Far Eastern Republic of Siberia.        London: George Allen & Unwin,  1923, 1st Edition.   316, 4pp. Very good.  Octavo. Dark green cloth boards with gilt lettering on front and spine. Minor discolouration caused by fading to spine, as well as shelf wear to top and bottom of spine that has caused corners of cloth to slightly split. Bumping to corners and slight wear to front and back of boards. Minor foxing to edges, beginning and end of text block. B&W photo as frontispiece with more throughout and one fold-out map.   

   A history of Siberia beginning from the 16th century, with a focus on the development of its political system. Social, governmental and economical issues the region faced up until time of publication are discussed. Scarce. 




Osborn, Lieutenant Sherard.        Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal; or, Eighteen Months in the Polar Regions, in Search of Sir John Franklin's Expedition, in the Years 1850-51.        London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,  1852, 1st Edition.   vii,1,320,32pp. Very good.  Small Octavo. Illustrated with 4 colour lithograph plates (including frontispiece) and folding map, outlined in colour. Original brown blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering on spine.  Rebacked with original spine laid down.  Original coated yellow endpapers.  A touch of chipping and browning on the edges of a few leaves.  Corners a bit bumped.   Generally a nice tight copy with an excellent provenance.   

   AB 12899.  Horatio T. Austin's copy with his signature on the top of the title page.   Account by the commander of the 'Pioneer' of the Franklin search expedition, under Capt. Horatio T. Austin. The search in the 'Resolute' and 'Assistance' with the tender 'Pioneer' made their way to winter quarters at Griffith Island via Baffin Bay, Lancaster Sound, and Barrow Strait before returning. The account includes descriptions of the West Greenland Eskimos, ice conditions in the Canadian Arctic, and accounts of their sledge journeys.  A wonderful association copy. 





Author's Presentation Copy

Packard, Alpheus Spring.        The Labrador Coast. A Journal of Two Summer Cruises to That Region with Notes on Its Early Discovery, on the Eskimo, on Its Physical Geography, Geology and Natural History.        New York: N. D. C. Hodges, Publisher,  1891, 1st Edition.   [8],513pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Plates from photos by Wm. Bradford, illustrations, and maps (one folding). Original gilt lettered navy blue cloth.  Laid in, a publisher’s prospectus with review's of the book.  A very nice clean copy of the book.   

   Not in A.B.; O'Dea 1057.  Includes a bibliography and the results of expeditions to Hudson's Bay by Lieut. A. R. Gordon, and the journeys of Dr. K. R. Koch, and Mr. Randle F. Holme.  Presentation copy to the" Rev. Thos. J Packard with affectionate regards of the author".  Very scarce more so inscribed to a family member. 




 Perry, Rev. S.J., F.R.S.        Notes of a Voyage to Kerguelen Island to Observe the Transit of Venus, December 8, 1874.        London: Henry S. King & Co.,  1876, 1st Separate Printing.   (2), 48pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Bound in 19th century pebbled cloth.  Binding a bit rubbed and soiled.  A few pages browned from newspaper clippings. Numerous clippings tipped into the preliminaries of the book.  Single illustration from another source tipped onto the front paste down.   

   Originally published in the Month and Catholic Review.   Father Perry was appointed to command the Kerguelen Expedition in 1874 and traveled to the island in the H.M.S. Voyage.  Many important astronomical observations were taken on the trip.  Very Scarce, only six locations on Copac. 





 Poncins, Gontran De.        Kabloona.        New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc.,  1941, 1st limited edition. (Hardcover)  339pp. Very good.  Octavo. Original half red leather and cloth boards binding.  Numerous black and white drawings in text.  30 pages of black and white photos at rear.  Original red paper cover boards slip case with title label on front.  Case somewhat stained and worn with the book in very nice condition.   

   This is the very scarce limited signed edition, this being 214/550 copies.  Arctic Biblio.  13701 This is Poncins’ account of his life with the Netsilik Eskimo on King William Island 1938-39. 




 Poulsom, Lieutenant Colonel Neville W. and Myres, Rear Admiral J.A.L. CB.        British Polar Exploration and Research a Historical and Medallic Record with Biographies 1818-1999  Developed from the White Ribbon.        London: Savannah Publications, #1-902366 05 0,  2000, 1st Edition.   xii,729pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original blue cloth.  Endpaper maps.  Various portraits and photos of medals.  An almost new copy.   

   This greatly expanded edition of the White Ribbon is a tremendous research tool, filled with a vast amount of biographical detail.  No polar library should be without a copy.  This copy inscribed by Myers in 2003. 





 Rasmussen, Knud.        Greenland by the Polar Sea. The Story of the Thule Expedition from Melville Bay to Cape Morris Jesup.        London: William Heinemann,  1921, 1st English Translation.   xxii,327pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Quarto in original silver lettered, decorated green cloth.  Front board illustration and lettering has a bit of oxidation to the image and lettering.  8 colour plates (including frontispiece) from illustrations by K. Kyhn, Harold Moltke, Achton Friis, A Bertelsen, and Christine Deichmann; tinted  plates from photos, facsimiles, etc., and folding colour map (at end). Name on front pastedown, endpapers browned with some browning to frontispiece from tissue guard, else a clean copy.  Original printed dust wrapper which has had a bit of minor restoration at the top and bottom of spine, otherwise in excellent condition.   

   A.B. 14204. Narrative of Rasmussen's second Thule expedition, a sledge journey from Thule along the northwest coast of Greenland to Cape Morris Jesup, returning partly over the inland ice.  Rare in the original dust jacket. 



 Reeves, E.A.        Hints to Travellers. 2 Volumes. Volume One: Survey and Field Astronomy. Volume Two: Organization and Equipment, Scientific Observation, Health, Sickness, and Injury.        London: Royal Geographical Society,  1935, 11th edition.   viii,448,xviii;v,[1],472,[8],xvii. Very good.  12mo. (17.5 X 13 cm). Illustrated with numerous photos, diagrams, tables, charts and maps (many coloured and folding in rear pocket). Original blue cloth with gilt lettering.  Corners a bit bumped.   

   The eleventh edition completely revamped the tenth edition chapters on Survey and Field Astronomy. Sections on Distances by Optical Methods, Reconnaissance by Motor Car, Photographic Surveying, Radio Time Signals, Position Line methods and Refraction in Extreme Conditions were revised. Tables for Survey Computations were extended to include the Pole.  The copy of A.L. Washburn with his signature in each volume.  Uncommon. 




 Richardson, Sir John.        Arctic Searching Expedition: A Journal of a Boat-Voyage Through Rupert's Land and the Arctic Sea, in Search of the Discovery Ships Under Command of Sir John Franklin. With an Appendix of the Physical Geography of North America.        London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,  1851, 1st edition in 2 volumes.   vii,426;viii,413pp. Very good.  Octavo in original blind stamped mauve cloth and coated yellow endpapers with 10 colour lithograph plates (including frontispiece in each volume), untrimmed.  Top edges a bit dusty. Wood engraved illustrations in text and folding map (partly coloured in outline) opposite p.1 volume I. Occasional light foxing on the plates, mainly on the margins. Some minor professional restoration to extremities and head and foot of spines.  Publisher’s catalogue tipped onto the front free endpaper.  Armorial bookplate in each volume.  Old owner's name on the top of the title page in volume one.   Overall a very attractive set with the fragile folding map in very nice condition.   

   Arctic Bibl. 14489. An account of the Franklin Search expedition, led by Sir John Richardson and Dr. John Rae, down the MacKenzie, then eastward along the coast to the Coppermine River, returning overland to Fort Confidence in 1848, and Rae's journey down the Coppermine in the summer of 1849. Includes chapters on the Eskimos, Kutchin, Cree and Chipewyan Indians. 




 Richardson, Sir John and Forbes, Professor Edward, F.R.S.  Edited By.        The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Herald, Under the Command of Captain Henry Kellett, R.N.,C.B., During the Years 1845-51....  Vertebrals, Including Fossil Mammals.        London: Lovell Reeve,  1852-1954, 1st Edition.   xi,(3),171,(1) errata. Near fine.  Quarto. (33 X 26 cm.)  Original cloth backed paper covered boards.  33 lithographed plates printed on India paper and mounted with 17 double pages.  Boards are a bit bumped and rubbed but overall a very clean attractive copy.   

   Lada-Mocarski 139. Sabin 71033.  Smith 8649. The Narrative of the Expedition was written by the naturalist Berthold Seeman and published in 1853.  Along with the Zoology, the Botany of the Expedition was published in 1852-57 by Seeman.  Both of the natural history volumes are very scarce, much more so than the expedition narrative.  Both of the natural history volumes seem to have been published in parts and the pagination of each seems to vary according to how the volumes were bound up.  The Zoology volume was issued with two title pages dated 1852 and 1854 with the 1852 issue being considered the first issue. Our volume has both title pages along with a duplicate half title as well. 




 Risting, Sigurd.        Kaptein C.A. Larsen.        Olso: J.W. Cappelens,  1929, 1st Edition.   142,(10). Very good.  Octavo.  Bound in original decorated paper covered boards.  Cloth spine to match.  24 leaves of black and white illustrations.  2 full page maps.  2 maps in text.  A nice clean sound copy.   

   Presentation copy from the C.A. Larsen Memorial Foundation to Bob Headland at South Georgia 24 December, 1988.  Carl Anton Larsen made a number of pioneering whaling explorations in the Antarctic starting in 1893.  Larsen died 8 December 1924 on an expedition to the Ross Sea and Oscar Nilson took command.  Scarce biography of this early Norwegian whaling captain.  Also included are two first day covers for South Georgia, 1983. 





Inscribed and Signed

Robinson, Bradley.        Dark Companion.        New York: Robert M. McBride & Company,  1947, 1st Edition.   xviii,[2],266pp. Very good in poor dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original black cloth with red titling on spine.  Endpapers with maps and photos.   Original dust wrapper which is missing over half the spine.   Corners a bit bumped otherwise a clean copy.   

   A.B.  14683.  Boldly inscribed by the author on the title page to Gladys and Family and signed by Matthew Henson just below the inscription.  Also with an additional full page inscription from the author on the back of the half title.  Where Peary was the great promoter and he signed many things, Henson was not and his signature is much scarcer than Peary's.  A great copy.  .




 Scidmore, E. Ruhamah,  Dall, W.H., Garland, Hamlin, Greely, A. W.        The National Geographic Magazine  an Illustrated Monthly   Klondike Number.        Washington: National Geographic,  1898, 1st printing.   105-192,(8). Very good.  Octavo.  Original wrappers printed in red and black.  Wrappers have had light restoration but are in remarkable condition.  Large folding map tipped in.  Numerous black and white illustrations.   

   Rare.  Only the second copy we have had in 30 years!  Issues from this period are very scarce and more so in such nice condition. Articles include Overland Routes to the Klondike, Future of the Yukon Goldfields, A Yukon Pioneer, Mike LeBarge etc. 







 Seaver, George.        Edward Wilson of the Antarctic. Naturalist and Friend.        London: John Murray,  1933, 1st edition.   xxxiv,299pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Colour frontispiece portrait from painting by Hugh G. Riviere, 23 listed plates, and 3 maps (1 folding). Original blue cloth; dust jacket shows some wear (along the top edge and bottom of the spine) as well as uniform fading to light grey on the spine.  Foredge and top edge are foxed.  Text block is quite clean.   

   Rosove 296.B1.a.  Spence 1080.  With an introduction by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.  The standard biography of Wilson and scarce in the first edition. 




Secretan, J.H.E.        To Klondyke and Back  a Journey Down the Yukon from Its Source to Its Mouth.        London: Hurst & Blackett,  1898, 1st Edition.   xii,260,8 pages of ads. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original brown decorated cloth.  Back board with very slight old crease.  Original coated green endpapers.  Frontispiece.  23 full page illustrations from photos.  A very clean attractive copy.   

   Tourville 4037, Smith 9272, Wickersham 4409.  An account of the authors Klondike journey with "Hints to Prospectors". 






 Shackleton, Edward.        Arctic Journeys. The Story of the Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition 1934-5.        London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited,  1937, 1st Edition.   xv,17-372pp. Very good.  Octavo. Plates from photos (1 folding, 1 double-paged), illustrations in text, with decorative tailpieces. Original blue cloth with spine faded to an even light blue along with a portion of the boards also faded.   

   A.B. 15799. Account of the central Ellesmere Island expedition led by G. N. Humphreys.  Nice inscribed to E.D. Kiokby?  With the best wishes and grateful thanks for many past kindnesses.  Edward Shackleton June 21, 1937.  Scarce signed. 




Shackleton, Sir Ernest.        Souvenir of Lecture:  "Nearest the South Pole".        London: Lecture Agency Ltd.,  1909, 1st printing.   8pp. Very good.  Small Octavo. Self wrappers, string tied.  South Pole map on the front wrapper.  6 illustrations in text.  Portrait of Shackleton.   A very clean copy.   

   Very scarce pamphlet published for Shackleton's lecture tour of 1909-10.  Includes a one page itinerary of the lecture series with upwards of 25 lectures a month!  The rear wrapper is an advert for Heart of the Antarctic.  Does not appear to be listed in any of the standard works. 






Stefansson, Vilhjalmur.        The Problem of Meighen Island. Intended As the Third Chapter But Suppressed in the Publication of Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic.        New York: Joseph Robinson,  1939, 1st edition.   iii, 257-328pp. Near fine.  In original grey self paper wrappers with printed titles. No. 258 of 300 copies.  Very nicely inscribed by Stefansson on the title page.   

   Arctic Bibl. 16850. Suppressed because of the threat of libel by Federick Cook. Half of this private edition went to Robinson, half to Stefansson. None was ever for sale. Very scarce.  This copy has a great inscription "For Russell W. Porter  formerly a traveling companion of Dr. Cook's and still let us hope a friend of Vilhajalmur Stefansson  July 21, 1946  Dearing Farm."  Porter was the surveyor on the Miranda expedition with Frederick Cook and also on the Baldwin Zieglar expedition and on the Fiala Ziegler expedition of 1903-05.  A wonderful association of one arctic explorer to another with the Cook connection tossed in! 




Search for Franklin

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur.        Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic.        New York: MacMillan Company,  1943, later Printing. (Hardcover)  381pp. Very good in good to very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated with maps. Original blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board.  4 maps.  Original dust wrapper which has wear on the front hinge and at the top and bottom of the spine.   

   A.B. 16873.  Stefansson's assessment of several arctic mysteries including the Franklin Expedition, and the death of Thomas Simpson.  This copy warmly inscribed to Russell Porter with a great "Arctic" theme.   Porter was on several early expeditions including the Miranda with Frederick Cook. Porter has made a number of pencil notations in the text.  Scarce with a good association. 




 Tanner, V.        Outlines of the Geography, Life and Customs of Newfoundland-Labrador (The Eastern Part of the Labrador Peninsula)  Based upon Observations Made During the Finland-Labrador Expedition in 1937, and the Tanner Labrador Expedition in 1939, and upon Information Available in the Literature and Cartography.        Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  1947, 1st UK Edition.   436;1p.l.[437]-909pp. Near fine.  Tall octavo.  Original green gilt stamped cloth.   342 illustrations and maps, both in-text and full page.  Memorial bookplate on front pastedown of Volume 1 and with no other markings.  A most attractive set with almost no wear.   

   A.B. 17407; O'Dea 2566.  This extensive history was originally published in 1944 in Helsinki in wrappers.  This first UK edition is an exact reprint. 




Thalbitzer, William.        The Ammassalik Eskimo. Contributions to the Ethnology of the East Greenland Natives.        Kobenhaven: C.A. Reitzels Meddelelser Om Gronland,  1941.   (6),(571)-739(1). Octavo. Illustrated with plates from photos and drawings. Original blue printed wrappers. Covers slightly rubbed with small tears to ends of spine. Number on front cover in red pencil.

   See Arctic Bibl. 17543. The first part of this title was published in 1914, and apparently continued in a second volume (or 2nd part) in 1923 - this later continuation doesn't seem to be listed in AB. This part contains "Social Customs and Mutual Aid."




 Tilman, H.W.        Mischief in Patagonia.        London: University Press,  1957, 1st Edition.   192pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo in original blue cloth and price clipped dust jacket with plates from photos and two illustrations (maps). Pages browned on the edges as usual.  Title page trimmed a bit short.   

   Narrative of an expedition in a converted Bristol Channel pilot cutter to Chile, from Falmouth, England to climb the Patagonia ice-cap from the Pacific to the Argentine lakes.  This copy signed by Tilman on the title page and thus quite scarce. 







 Victor, Paul-Emile, Languepin, J.J., Ischac, Marcel, and Masson, Jacques.        Groenland 1948 1949.        Paris: Arthaud,  1951, 1st Edition thus.   47pp. Very good.  Quarto.  Original paper wrappers complete with original paper illustrated dust wrapper.  Wrapper a bit worn more so on the spine.  70 black and white, sepia and coloured photographs of the expedition.  A nice clean copy.   

   Nicely signed by Victor on the half title.  The book is a popular account of a motorized expedition to cross Greenland in the late 1940's.  The striking photos show many aspects of the expedition from the motorized vehicles to the use of dog teams and the Inuit people.  Scarce signed. 




 Wegener, Else  Edited By.        Greenland Journey  the Story of Wegener's German Expedition to Greenland in 1930-31 As Told by Members  of the Expedition and the Leader's Diary.        London: Blackie & Son Limited,  1939, 1st Edition.   xviii,(2),295pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original black cloth with gilt title on spine.  Frontis portrait.  6 maps and diagrams in text.  66 black and white illustrations.  A touch of foxing on the fore edge of the text block.  Top edge a bit dust soiled.  Very clean overall.  Original illustrated dust wrapper which has a few minor closed tears and a bit of wear at the top and bottom of the spine.  Also a small moisture mark on the rear panel.   

   Arctic Biblio. 19235   with the assistance of Dr. Fritz Loewe and translated by Winifred M Deans.  Very scarce in wrapper and especially so in such nice condition. 



White, Grace Miller.        A Race Across the Continent  a Novel Founded upon A.H. Woods Famous Play of the Same Name.        New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company,  1907.   119,(410). Very good.  Octavo.  Original coloured printed litho covers.  Remnants of old glue mark on the binding edge otherwise a fine bright copy.  Title page has an old repaired tear and a small chunk removed from the outer edge which does not affect the text.  Text very browned at usual but for such a fragile item, an excellent bright copy.   

   The cover caption says it all: "in the Klondyke the GIRL GOES to the HIGHEST BIDDER."  A wonderful bid of Klondike kitsch with the rich rough miners wanting to bid on the helpless city girl whose suitor cannot afford her. Most of the novel is set in the Klondike but ends up in New York City. Seems very scarce indeed and a wonderful graphic. 





Wilson, Colonel Fred.        Klondike  a Song of Gold.  Klondike Craze.  The Most Original Way of Reaching Klondike Is That Originated by Colonel Wilson.  Frank Harding, Music Publisher Agreeing to Print 10,000 Copies of This Song, the Colonel Is to Distribute the Same Along the Route from New York to Seattle, the Proceeds to Be Used to Defray Traveling Expenses.  In Case of Failure the Colonel Is to Pay $500.00.        New York: Harding's Music House,  1897, 1st printing. (Wrappers)  5 pp. Very good.  Folio.  (35.5 X 27.5 CM)  Original printed wrappers with and image of Fred. Wilson in arctic dress.  Wrappers a bit chipped with a few closed tears.  A bit browned around the edges.   

   This is certainly the most unique method I have heard of to get to the Klondike.  I wonder if the author had to give the publisher a cut of any gold he found or if he ever made it to Dawson City?  Rare Klondike ephemera. 





Wilson, Dr. Edward.        Captain Scott's South Pole Expedition 1910-13.  Catalogue of an Exhibition of Antarctic Sketches and Water Colours, Etc.   8th June to 4th July 1914.        Cardiff: National Museum of Wales,  1914, 1st printing.   16pp. Very good.  Quarto.  Original green printed wrappers.  Front wrapper somewhat soiled.  Frontispiece of Wilson at his desk by Ponting.  Internally quite clean.   

   Only 2 locations given on Copac, National Library of Scotland and Leeds.   Does not appear in any of the standard bibliographies including the Renard Antarctic sale catalogue.  It would appear that the exhibit traveled as the two other examples are for different dates and have varying paginations.  It would appear the exhibit started in Hull in April, moved for May and then Cardiff for June.  Rare!  This is the only example of this very scarce catalogue we have encountered.  The preface written by the director of the Museum Wm. Evans Hoyle thanks Mrs. Wilson for the loan of the material and Commander Evans for obtaining the loan of the artifacts and for Cherry-Garrard for the loan of many interesting exhibits.  A total of 339 items were on display in the following categories loan of many interesting exhibits.  A total of 339 items were on display in the following categories:  Captain Scott's Last Expedition, Studies of Emperor Penguins, 1903, Sketches made on the Discovery Expedition, Bird Studies, English Birds, Norwegian and Swiss Drawings, Early Pencil Drawings, Small Case items, and Polar Equipment.  A spectacular display of material put on very soon after the tragic news of the expedition was announced. 




 Wrangell, Ferdinand Petrovich.        Narrative of an Expedition to the Polar Sea, in the Years 1820, 1821, 1822, & 1823, Commanded by Lieutenant, Now Admiral Ferdinand Von Wrangell. Edited by Major Edward Sabine.        London: James Madden & Co,  1840, 1st English Edition.   cxxxvii,413,2pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Bound in original gilt stamped decorated cloth.  Spine titled in gilt. Original yellow coated endpapers.   Single large folding map in pocket in front board. All edges untrimmed.  A really nice copy of a very scarce title.   

   AB 18994.  Howes E 151, TPL 7616.  Account of a Russian exploring expedition sent out by the Admiralty to survey the continental coastline east of the Kolyma River and search for land, reported by local inhabitants for years, in the seas north of Chukotka. Descriptions of geography, climatology, and the ethnology of the region are included along with the first proper survey of the coast from Mys Shelagskiy to Kolyuchinskaya Guba and new surveys of the coast between the Indigirka and the Kolyma. 




 Wright, Arutus, (Franklin, Sir John).        Versus Tennysonianos Franklini Cenotaphio Inscriptos  Graece Latine Aliter Reddendos Redditosque Curavit  [Franklin Verses Inscribed on the Tennyson Monument in Greek and Latin Otherwise Rendered, Restored Edited by...].        Cambridge: Apud Deighton, Bell et Soc.,  1882, 1st Edition.   vii,(1),57pp. Very good.  Small octavo.  Original gilt decorated blue boards.  Binding a bit stained and bumped.   

   Rare!  John Franklin item, only the second copy we have encountered. 



 Zorgdrager, Cornelius Gisbert.        Alte Und Neue Gronladische Fischerei Und Wallfischfang.        Leipzig: Peter Conrad Monath,  1723, 1st German Edition.   (30),482,(14). Very good.  Quarto.  Bound in original marbled paper covered boards.  Corners and a bit of the paper renewed.  Half title.  Engraved frontispiece.  6 folding maps.  7 engraved plates, one folding.  Several old skilful repairs to the plates. Woodcut tail pieces.  General browning of the text, heavier in some places.  Paper is still very supple.  Good margins throughout.   Housed in a buckram fold over box.   

   Sabin 106377, Jenkins P 162, Chavanne 2110,  This is the first German edition with the first edition in Dutch having been published in 1720.  The number of plates and maps being the same.  An excellent and authoritative description and history of the Dutch northern whaling industry, with a general map of the polar regions and individual maps of: Greenland, Iceland, Spitszbergen, Jan Mayen, and Nova Zembla. The fine engraved plates depict whales, walruses, whaling vessels, and whaling scenes. The

author provides information on natural history, geography, and economics 





 [How, Walter, and Shackelton, Edward].        31st Reunion Dinner [The Antarctic Club].        London: Antarctic Club,  1960.   4pp. Very good.  16 mo.  Original printed bi-fold menu with gilt edge decoration and club logo at the top of the front page. Pen and ink drawing on the rear wrapper.  A couple of light edges creases otherwise very nice and attractive.   

   The dinner menu and toast list for the 31st Reunion Dinner of the Antarctic Club with Captain W.R. Colbeck being the president of the club.  This example is signed by Edward Shackleton and Walter E. How (Endurance 1914-16) on the top of the front page.  How, an accomplished artist has drawn a wonderful pair of penguins on the blank rear page with the heading "Not Ruddy Likely".  A great bit of Antarctic ephemera which would frame up nicely.  Also included is a 2 page letter form How to Mr. Riley (Quentin) giving him the menu, talking about Sir V. Fuch's Antarctic expedition and other chatty news of other club members. 





 [Parry, William Edward].        Capt. W. E. Parry.  The Late Commander of the Polar Expedition's 1819-23.        [Circa 1824].  Very good.  Original pencil sketch on stiff card.  (13.5 X 18.5 cm.)  Captioned underneath the image in an early hand. A little bit of minor edge soiling otherwise in very nice condition.  Matted in an acid free mount ready for framing.  Complete with a copy of the engraving.   

   A very detailed and attractive pencil sketch of Parry which seems to be based on a popular engraving of the day or the basis for the engraving.  In comparing the original pencil sketch and the engraving there is enough detail to assume one was the basis for the other and vice versa.  Still it's a very nice item. 






[Peary, Robert].        Page's Silver Mints Tin.        Blackpool: Waller & Hartley Ltd.,  [circa 1940].  Very good.  Oblong tin can with decorated sides and a plain painted top.  (11 X 14 X 22 cm.)  Inside of lid has decorated arctic scene.  The tin has mild abrasion and a few bumps but is in very nice overall condition.   

   Waller and Hartley started in business in 1935 and owned the trademark for Page's Silver Mints.  For some reason they chose an arctic image for the inside decoration of this can.  The image seems to be based on a compilation of images from Peary's book the North Pole.  Unusual and very decorative. 






 [Thomas C. Jack].        Sir John Franklin.        Edinburgh: Thomas C. Jack Grange Publishing,  [circa 1875].  Very good.  Large lithograph print (52 X 65 cm.) on fine paper.  Framed in an antique Bird's Eye Maple frame with gold liner.  The print has a bit of mild staining mainly on the edges and on small closed tear otherwise is in very nice condition.   

   Rare!  This is only the second example of this print we have encountered in over 30 years.  We have not seen it reproduced in any of the literature on Franklin or the search for him.  The publisher, Thomas C. Jack was active from 1870 to 1886 and published many popular works including Arctic Expeditions by Murray Smith.  The print seems to be based on the image of Franklin published in the Smith book but with many notable differences.  See cover illustration.  A wonderful centerpiece for a Franklin/Arctic library.  See cover photo.





 [Zagoskin, Lavrenth A.].        Denkschriften Der Russischen Geogrpahischen Gesellschaft Zu St. Peterburg.   (Memoranda the Russian Geographical Society to St. Petersburg. Vol. 1 [All Published]).        Weimar: ,  1849, Only edition.   vi,652pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original green straight grained cloth.  A number of tables.  4 folding maps at the rear.  A very nice clean crisp copy.   

   Tourville 1270.  The volume consists of 17 different essays in French and German, providing an interesting source of information on the early years of the founding of modern Russia.  The subject areas include geography, languages, and natural history.  Of particular interest is THW XIIth essay which is a summary of the journals of exploration of Alaska by lieutenant Zagoskin in the years 1742, 1743, and 1744.  The exploration was executed on orders of the Chief of the directory of Russian colonies in the America's.  The full report was printed in Russian in 1847/48 in two volumes.  See Lada Mocarski 130 and the modern translation done by Henry Michael in 1967 (a copy accompanies this item)  the summary occupies 68 pages of the volume with the lithographic map of Alaska showing Zagoskin's inland travels on the Yukon River.  Only a handful of locations on Worldcat and no location in North America and no copies at auction in last 20 plus years. 


Updated February 16th 2013