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 [Adams, William Henry Davenport].        The Arctic World: Its Plants, Animals, and Natural Phenomena. With a Historical Sketch of Arctic Discovery.        London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1876.  1st Edition.   viii,[9]-276pp. Very good.  Small folio in original gilt lettered red cloth, gilt top edge and dark green endpapers with wood-engraved frontispiece, plates (included in pagination) and illustrations in text.  A very attractive copy of a book normally found in worn condition.   

   This is a general history of arctic exploration but seems strongest on the later period from Kane to the 1870's. There is a brief mention of the 1875-6 British expedition at end.   See photograph.




 Alaska Souvenir Playing Cards.        Deck of Playing Cards.        San Francisco: Edw. H. Mitchell, 1900.   Very good.  Complete deck of 52 cards.  No Jokers.  Single card map with publishers imprint and date.  Single advertising card.  A nice example missing the box lid but with the box liner.   

   The images on the cards are general views from all over Alaska but include Skagway, Canyon City, Dawson and other subjects that relate to the Klondike and Yukon as well.  The card backs illustrate the Seal of the District of Alaska and are decorated with totem poles.  See photograph.




 Amundsen, Roald.        The "North West Passage" Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Gjoa" 1903-1907... With a Supplement by First Lieutenant Hansen Vice-Commander of the Expedition.        London: Archibald Constable, 1908.  1st UK Edition.   xiii, 335; ix, 397pp. Near fine.  8vo.  Original green straight grained cloth with gilt and multi coloured decoration.  Three maps including two folding, one at the rear of each volume.  139 illustrations both in text and full page.  Both spines very slightly faded.  Top edge gilt. Text is very clean.   

   Arctic Bibl. 402. Amundsen's first great adventure, for which he had to leave Norway in the dead of the night to avoid creditors, who wanted to seize his ship. The GJOA was the first vessel to transit the northwest passage, and the accomplishment brought fame to Amundsen, and gave him the resources to mount his successful 1910-12 South Pole expedition. 




 [Amundsen, Roald].        Silver Commemorative Plaque  with Portrait of Amundsen and a Polar Theme of Polar Bears and Penquins.        Norway: , [no date].   Near fine.  Silver (.830) plaque  55 X 70 MM with banner across centre and name engraved on the banner.  Three small holes in the corners.  Excellent condition.   

   This is the second example of this plaque I have seen.  I was told by the previous owner plaques like this were intended to sew onto your sweater and you engraved your name on the front. Both examples I have seen had different names on them.  A very attractive design and quite scarce.   See photograph.















   William Edward Parry


An Officer of the Expedition.        Letters Written During the Late Voyage of Discovery in the Western Arctic Sea.        London: Richard Phillips, 1821.  1st Edition.   iv, 124pp. Very good.  Bound in simple half calf and marbled boards.  Single page map as frontis and 3 plates.  Top edge dust soiled.  Untrimmed.  A bit of minor foxing.   

  Arctic Biblio. 9949. Unattributed letters from Parry's first voyage, 1819-20, describing the voyage, the wintering at Melville Island, the Canadian Arctic, life aboard ship, etc. 





 Armitage, Albert B.        Two Years in the Antarctic Being a Narrative of the British National Antarctic Expedition.        London: Edward Arnold, 1905.  1st Edition.   xix,315pp. Very good.  Octavo in original pictorial green cloth with gilt lettered spine and white lettered front, with plates (including frontispiece), illustrations in text from drawings and folding map (at end).  Top edge a bit dust soiled.  A few pages untrimmed.  A very attractive copy of a scarce title.   

   Rosove 17.A1; Spence  67. Narrative of Scott's 'Discovery' expedition, by the second-in-command. One of the scarcest of the heroic age narratives.   See photograph.




 Back, Captain George.        Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River, and Along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835.        London: John Murray, 1836.  1st large paper Edition.   x,[2],663,[1]pp. Very good.  Quarto (23 X 28 cm.).  Bound in modern half polished calf and marbled boards.  Leather corners.  Five raised bands. Red title label.  Sixteen mounted proof plates. Large folding map which has had a minor tear repaired.   Generally a very clean copy with only very minor offsetting of the illustrations.   

   Artic Biblio. 851; Streeter 3705. Back, who had been with Franklin on both of his overland expeditions, was  sent out to locate John Ross, unreported after three winters in the Arctic. He traveled overland to Great Slave Lake, where he received news of Ross' return to England; Back however continued on, descending the Fish (now Back) River, then unexplored, to the Arctic Ocean.  This is the very scarce large paper Admiralty issue of  the book.  It was produced to match the quarto issue of Beechey's Narrative.  This is Dr. Amos Binney's copy with his bookplate and donation label to the Boston  Society of Natural History.  Binney was co-founder of the Society and interested in shells. 




 Binney, George.        The Eskimo Book of Knowledge.        London: Hudson's Bay Company, 1931.  1st Edition.   237pp. Very good.  8vo.  Original printed paper covered boards with attached illustration.  Binding has minor wear at top and bottom of the spine.  Corners are a bit bumped.  Endpaper maps. 8 plates.   

   Arctic Biblio. 1569  Text is in both English and  Eskimo  (Labrador dialect)   See photograph.







 Boillot, Leon.        Aux Mines D'or Du Klondyke.        Paris: Hatchette & Cie, 1898.  1st Edition.   255pp. Near fine.  Tall octavo  in half tan morocco and marbled boards.  Marbled endpapers.  Frontispiece and plates (included in pagination) and illustrations in text, plus folding map. Text in French.  A very attractive copy in a very early rebind.   

   Tourville, 597   Wickersham 4283  Contemporary account of the Klondike gold fields and Alaska by a French Journalist.   See photograph.







  Signed by Bernacchi

 [British Polar Exhibition. 1930].        The Polar Book.        London: E. Allom & Co. Ltd, [no date circa 1930].  1st Edition. (Softcover)  115pp. Very good.  Octavo in original pictorial wrappers with folding map (inside rear cover).  Title page has moderate foxing and covers are a bit soiled.   

   Contributors include explorers and historians on the history and aims of polar exploration, the science and natural history, whaling, equipment and provisioning.  L.C. Bernacchi's copy with his signature and title on the title page.  See photograph.





 Brooks, Charles Wolcott.        Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences at a Reception Given to the Captain and Officers of the U.S. Steamer Thomas Corwin and Captains of the Pacific Whaling Fleet on Their Return from the Arctic... Their Views, and Unanimous Expression of Belief in the Jeannette's Safety.  Speculations Concerning the Whereabouts of the Missing Whalers Vigilant and Mount Wollaston.        San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences, 1880.  1st Separate edition.   12(1).. Good to very good.  Original printed wrappers.  Both front and back wrapper somewhat stained and foxed.  Two single page maps.   

   Not in Arctic Biblio. 




 Bruce, William Speirs.        Life in the Antarctic. Sixty Photographs by Members of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition.        London & Glasgow: Gowans & Gray, 1907.  1st Edition. (Wrappers)  [8],67,[5]. Very good.  12 mo.   Original colour illustrated parchment wrapper. 60 full page photos.  Plus advert. leaves.  Covers a bit soiled and browned but overall a much better copy than normally found.   

   Spence 202. Rosove 53.A1  "... All reproductions from life, taken by the Leader and Staff of the Scottish National Antarctic expedition...Practically all of them unique, many of the mammals and birds never having been previously photographed".  The booklet was intended to help sell photographs taken on the expedition by the Leader and Staff.  See photograph.




 Bunny, Bertram R.        A Rolling Stone. Personal Reminiscences.        Melbourne: Robertson & Mullens, 1930.  1st Edition.   viii, 128pp. Very good.  Octavo in quarter cloth backed paper boards.  Spine somewhat faded. 5 plates (including frontispiece portrait), and one map.   

    After several years drifting around the world as a seaman, the Australian Bunny, arrived in Skagway shortly after the gold rush, and spent the next several years drifting around the Yukon, prospecting and working at odd jobs. About half the book is devoted to his experiences there. 




 Bushnell, Vivian C.  General Editor.        Antarctic Map Folio Series,  Including 19 Folios (28.5 X 44 Cm.) With the Following Titles: Aeronomical Maps, Physical Characteristics, Maps and Surveys 1900-1964, Antarctic Atmosphere, Terrestrial Life, Structure, Glaciers, Atmosphere, Magnetic and Gravity, Productivity, Distribution, Invertebrates, Geologic Maps, Circumpolar, Birds, Coastal and Deep-Water, Morphology of the Earth, Marine Sediments, Mammals, and History of Exploration.        New York: American Geographical Society, 1964-1975.  1st printing.  Near fine.  The set consists of 19 individual folders made of two tone grey/blue card.  The contents loosely inserted. Each folio has a variety of text sheets and individual maps with contributions by dozens of authors.  Most of the folders are in fine condition with a few showing minor wear on the spine edge.  The contents are generally clean and crisp with no real problems.  Each volume has a  single unobtrusive rubber stamp and ink call number on the front panel.   

   The complete set consists of 19 folios, all present here.  Although the individual folios do show up, a complete set in complete good condition is quite scarce. 




 [Charcot, Jean Baptiste].        Jean-Baptiste Charcot   1867-1936.        Paris: Yacht Club de France, 1936.  1st printing.   332,(1).. Near fine.  Tall 8vo.  Original decorated printed wrappers.  With numerous photo illustrations, drawings, portraits, and maps.  Minor soiling to covers.  Slight old crease on front cover.  Spine a little faded.   

   Not in A.B.  Spence 264,  Rosove 69.A1   One of 900 copies of a total issue of 950 copies with 50 copies being for members of the Society.  Quite Scarce.   See photograph.




 Church, Jr., Campbell.        Westward [Cover Title].        Seattle?: , [no date].  1st printed edition. (Wrappers)  [19]pp + [4]pp insert. Very good.  Octavo in original wrappers with illustrations from photos and drawings (including map and plans of upper and lower decks) and [4]p. Additional photo illustrations of  a typical yacht and its accoutrements.   

   Pamphlet issued to promote cruises up the Inside Passage from British Columbia to Alaska. One of the past travelers was George Eastman of Kodak fame.  Much of the activity seems to be for hunting. Very scarce ephemera. 




 Coles, John.        Summer Travelling in Iceland;  Being the Narrative of Two Journeys Across the Island by Unfrequented Routes.  With a Historical Introduction, and Some Hints As to the Expenses and Necessary Preparations for a Tour in Iceland,... With a Chapter on Askja, by E. Delmar Morgan, F.R.G.S.        London: John Murray, 1882.  1st UK Edition.   x,269pp. Very good.  Tall octavo.  Original blue pebbled cloth.  Minor soiling to the boards.  Coated black endpapers.  Frontispiece.  18 plates and plans including some folding.  Large linen backed folding map at the rear.  Text clean and free from foxing.  A very nice copy.   

   The author in his preface details his reasons for writing the present work and really is appealing to the tourist and not the adventurer.  There is even an appendix for the traveler to help plan his outfit and the expenses. 




 Dall, William H.        The Native Tribes of Alaska. An Address Before the Section of Anthropology of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at Ann Arbor, August, 1885.        Salem: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1885.  1st Separate edition.   19pp. Very good.  8vo.  Original printed wrappers.  Minor old stain along the bottom edge of the front wrapper only.  Otherwise a very nice copy.   

   Not in A.B. Wickersham 1167.  First separate edition  with rubber stamp on title page  with respects of W.H. Dall.  Ethnographic groups covered include Inuit, Haida, and Tlinkit. 




 Day, Alan Edwin.        Search for the Northwest Passage  an Annotated Bibliography.        New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., #0-8240-9288-0, 1986.  1st Edition.   xiv,(2),632pp. Very good.  0ctavo.  Original blue cloth.   

   A tremendous work listing many rare and obscure items.  Very scarce as Garland is noted for doing only enough copies for their standard institutional customers and very few extra copies. 




 Dietz, Arthur Arnold.        Mad Rush for Gold in Frozen North.  Illustrated with Photographs by W. A. Sharp.        Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press, 1914.  1st Edition.   281pp. Very good.  Small octavo in original illustrated blue cloth with 2 plates from photos (including frontispiece) and full page illustrations from drawings (included in pagination). Portrait from photos. Extremities a bit rubbed and a bit of uneven fading to boards.   

   Arctic Bibl. 3962 - "Of eighteen men, who in 1897 tried to reach Dawson over the glaciers of Disenchantment Bay region, only four survived. This is the story of their hardships on the glaciers and during a winter in the Alaska wilderness". 




 [Dominion Reindeer Company].        Archive of Documents Related to the Company 1929/31.        Vancouver/Alberta: Dominion Reindeer Company, 1929-1931.   Very good.  20 individual items comprising over 25 pages of documents.  This includes typed letters signed, manuscript letters, bill heads, and reports on a variety of letterheads.   Other than the odd fold lines the material is in excellent condition.   

   This interesting archive all relating to the Dominion Reindeer Company which seems to have had its head office in Vancouver.  The Company started in business in 1926 and as detailed in their balance sheet for 1929 maintained the herd in Alaska.  One five page document relates much of the history of the company and their future plans.  Much of the material relates to a Mr. Heard of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and his investment in the Company.    Included are share certificates, and letters back and forth with company officers related to the investment.  An interesting comment in one letter states "The present crash of the New York Stock Exchange has not affected the price of Reindeer shares one penny because there was no watered stock in the Company".




 Downes, P.G.        Sleeping Island. The Story of One Man's Travels in the Great Barren Lands of the Canadian North.        New York: Coward-McCann, 1943.  1st Edition. (Hardcover)  vii,296pp. Very good.  Octavo. Illustrated with plates from photos. Original green cloth with orange lettering on front cover and spine. Endpaper maps.  Spine a touch faded otherwise very nice.   

   Arctic Bibl. 4094 - "Account of a school teacher's summer trip (about 1940) from Pas by Reindeer Lake to Nueltin "the lake of the sleeping island", and return by Churchill." Considered a minor classic. 




 Ellis, Henry.        A Voyage to Hudson's-Bay, by the Dobbs Galley and California, in the Years 1746 and 1747, for Discovering a Northwest Passage; with an Accurate Survey of the Coast, and a Short Natural History of the Country. Together with a Fair View of the Facts and Arguments from Which the Future Finding of Such a Passage Is Rendered Probable.        London: H. Whitridge, 1748.  1st edition. (Hardcover)  xxviii,1-96,89-336.. Very good.  8vo.  Nine plates including five folding.  One large folding map as frontis.  Bound in original full calf with a new lighter calf spine.  Text generally quite clean.  Endpapers a bit soiled.  Engraved bookplate of Sir Lambton Loraine on the front pastedown.   

   Streeter 3642; Sabin 22312; Not in Arctic Bibl. Ellis was sent on this voyage as an agent for Arthur Dobbs, to find the northwest passage, and to prove Captain Middleton, who had made an earlier voyage for the same purpose, wrong is his contention that no such passage existed from Hudson's Bay. Ellis was also unable to find a passage, but he and Dobbs continued to believe in its existence. Part of the famous Dobbs-Middleton controversy which contiued in print for several years. 




 Fanning, Edmund.        Voyages to the South Seas, Indian and Pacific Oceans, China Sea, North-West Coast, Feejee Islands, South Shetlands, Etc.  With an Account of the New Discoveries Made in the Southern Hemisphere, Between the Years 1830-1837.  Also, the Origin, Authorization, and Progress of the First American National South Sea Exploring Expedition.        New York: William H. Vermilye, 1838.  2nd Edition.   xii,13-324pp. Very good.  Small octavo (12 X 19.7 cm.)  Original straight grained green with a natural history pattern of shells stamped in the cloth.  Gilt lettering on the spine.  Single lithographic plate used as the frontispiece.  Book has moderate to heavy foxing throughout but is far better than most American productions of the time.   

   Rosove 120. Renard 523.  Presentation copy with the following inscription in pencil:" Presented by the Author with his respects to Honorable Senator A. Robbins as a friendly token of regard."  Robbins has signed and dated the front pastedown July 1, 1838. There appears to be a total of four editions of the book all in 1838, with the true first edition actually being called the second edition.  All editions or printings are quite scarce and I am not sure if there is any change among them.  Fanning's first book which appeared in 1833 was very successful (see Rosove 119) and he followed it up with this title with all new material.  Very scarce especially with an inscription and dated ownership.  The Discovery Book Auctions copy with a similar inscription but the fourth edition made $4000 in 2005. 




 [Fisher, Alexander].        Journal of a Voyage of Discovery to the Arctic Regions, Performed Between the 4th of April and the 18th of November, 1818, in His Majesty's Ship Alexander, Wm. Edw. Parry...Commander.        London: Richard Phillips, 1819.  1st edition.   viii,104.. Very good.  Octavo.  Bound in modern half calf and marbled boards.  Folded map, 3 full page diagrams.  Minor offsetting from map to title page.   

   Arctic Bibl. 5021. Narrative of John Ross' first expedition, on which Fisher was Assistant Surgeon. 




 Fitzroy, Rear Admiral.        The Weather Book:  A Manual of Practical Meteorology.        London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863.  1st Edition.   x,(2),464,4 page ad. Very good.  Octavo.  Original blue ribbed cloth.  Gilt title.  Recased with new headbands. 16 plates including two on printed blue paper showing storm and wind patterns and two double page lithos of cloud patterns.  Presentation copy inscribed on the title page to his cousin Lady Francis Pratt.  Very scarce.   

  In 1854 FitzRoy had been given the task of meteorological statist within the Board of Trade, in effect becoming head of Britain's weather office. FitzRoy did much to coin the term 'forecasting' and to initiate the wide-ranging processes of a weather bureau. He invented a cheap and serviceable barometer, called Fitzroy's Storm Barometer.  The Weather Book summarizes much of his developed ideas and was his last work.  He committed suicide in 1865, having suffered from depression for a long while.  See photograph.




 Franklin, John.        Autograph Letter.        London: [no date].    1pp. Very good.  Single page octavo letter in very good condition.  Remnants of old album page on the rear, not effecting the front.  Handwriting is clear and with a little work one can read Sir John's script!   

   Autograph letter addressed to My Dear Sir.   Franklin is discussing the upcoming meeting and dinner with Lady Franklin, Dr. Graham and the recipient of the letter.  A nice example of Franklin's signature suitable for framing or tipping into a book. 




 Gell, the Honorable Mrs.        John Franklin's Bride. Eleanor Anne Porden. Born July 14th, 1795 - Died February 22nd, 1825.        London: John Murray, 1930.  1st Edition.   xx, 311pp. + [2]pp. (ads). Very good.  Octavo. In original blue cloth with gilt coat of arms on front board.   8 plates from portraits (including frontispiece), facsimiles, etc.  Boards a bit dust soiled and stained.   

   Account of the romance of Franklin and his first wife - Eleanor Anne Porden, based on their letters, never before published.  Quite scarce. 




 Golder, F. A.        Russian Expansion on the Pacific 1641-1850. An Account of the Earliest and Later Expeditions Made by the Russians Along the Pacific Coast of Asia and North America; Including Some Related Expeditions to the Arctic Regions.        Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1914.  1st Edition. (Hardcover)  368pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Frontispiece and plates from maps and facsimiles. Original maroon binding with gilt top edge, others uncut. Very scarce.   

   Ricks p.109; Tourville 1758; Wickersham 4082. "This is the only authoritative study of the Russian expansion on the Pacific published in any language during the past century. The work is of such importance that the Russian government translated and issued the volume in Russian" - Soliday. 




 Gosch, Cristian Carl August, Edited by.        Danish Arctic Expeditions, 1605 to 1620   in Two Books:  Book I.  The Danish Expeditions to Greenland and Book II. The Expedition of Captain Jens Munk to Hudson's Bay in Search of a North-West Passage in 1619-20.        London: Hakluyt Society, 1897.  1st Edition thus.   cxvii,205; cxviii, 184pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original blue gilt stamped Hakluyt Society binding.  10 maps including 8 folding.  One folding plate. 2 folding plans and several intext illustrations including 4 maps.  Half titles.  Top edge a bit dust soiled.   

   Hakluyt Society first series 96 and 97.  Very Scarce in this nice of condition.  See photograph.




 Graah. Capt. W. A.        Narrative of an Expedition to the East Coast of Greenland, Sent by Order to the King of Denmark, in Search of the Lost Colonies, Under the Command of...  Translated from the Danish by the Late G. Gordon MacDougall for the Royal Society of London.        London: John. W. Parker, 1837.  1st UK Edition.   xvi,199,16 pages of ads.. Very good.  Octavo.  Original green cloth.  Gilt titling on spine.  Original coated yellow endpapers. Large folding map which is somewhat foxed.  Text is clean and crisp.  Top edge somewhat dust soiled.  A cracking copy of the book.   

   Arctic Bibl. 6032, citing only the original Danish edition, 1832; NMM I-849. Graah made an extended trip up the southeast Greenland coast in Eskimo umiaks, reaching as far north as 65' in the summer of 1829. A second attempt to reach farther north was made the following year, but was unsuccessful.  Engraved bookplate of Angus McMillan. 




 Great Britain.        Papers Relative to the Recent Arctic Expeditions in Search of Sir John Franklin and the Crews of H.M.S. "Erebus" and "Terror".        London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1854.  1st printing.   (2)225pp. Near fine.  Folio.  Original printed blue wrappers as issued.  Old tide line on the margins of the last 30 pages and first couple.  5 folding maps.  26 illustrations.  Joints have been professionally renewed.  The odd bit of uneven browning in text otherwise a very nice copy.   

   Arctic Biblio. 45241 Much of the content relates to early reports of Belcher's expedition covering the period 1852-53.  One of the larger parliamentary papers on the search for Franklin and very scarce in the wrappers and this condition.  See photograph.




 Harris, Charles Edward Smith Edited By.        From the Deep of the Sea  Being the Diary of the Late Charles Edward Smith  M.R.C.S., Surgeon of the Whale-Ship Diana, of Hull.        London: A.& C. Black Ltd., 1922.  1st printing.   xi,288pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  8vo.  Original grey/green decorated cloth.  Half title.  Frontispiece and 17 other illustrations.  Two sketch maps, one folding. Dust wrapper somewhat dust soiled. Top edge dust soiled otherwise a very nice attractive copy.   

   Does not appear to be in the Arctic Biblio. 




 Hegg, E. A.        Souvenir of Alaska and Yukon Territory Illustrated by E.A. Hegg.        Skagway, Alaska: E.A. Hegg, 1900.  1st Edition.   104pp. Very good.  Oblong folio.  Original limp leather covered boards.   Somewhat worn at the extremities.  Old repaired crease in the front and rear boards.  End papers somewhat stained, mainly at the edges.  Contents quite clean with only minor soiling.   

   Tourville 2017  There appear to be two printings of this Hegg item.  This is the first edition with a second containing 22 more pages occurred in 1902.  I have not compared the two to see what the difference is.  This item seems to have an interesting provenance being owned by a WM J. Campbell who gives a Seattle address and seems to have been in Dawson in 1900.The illustration at page 81 has a pencil notation indicating his mother was in the pictured dog sled.  The illustrations are wonderful and show all elements of the Gold Rush.  Very Scarce. 




 Holland, Clive.     (editor)--   Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England: A Catalogue.        New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., #0-8240-9394-1, 1982.  1st Edition. (Hardcover issued without dust jacket)  xii,815pp. As new.  Octavo in original blue cloth. Not illustrated.   

   Catalogue of the Scott Polar Research Institute Manuscript holdings with indexes for both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, and whaling and sealing voyages. 




 [Holland, Michael].        Michael's Arctic Diary  May-July 1957.        Kendal: Privately Printed, 1962.  1st Edition.   (6),80pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original white, gilt lettered cloth. Boards a bit bowed.  Spine somewhat soiled.   

   Does not appear to be in A.B.  Diary of a four man Anglo Dutch expedition to Greenland under the leadership of  Borge Fristrup of Copenhagen University during the International Geophysical Year.  Holland and Carten Velsboe both perished from exposure after an incident in a crevasse.  It seems the diary was published later by the family. Loosely inserted is a letter from a bookseller in the UK with a history of the author. Very scarce. 




 Hone, Elisabeth.        The Present Status of the Muskox in Arctic North America and Greenland.        Cambridge, Mass.: American Committee for International Wild Life Protection, 1934.  1st Edition. (Wrappers)  87pp. Very good.  Quarto in original green wrappers with 4 plates, 2 illustrations in text (maps) and two folding maps in rear pocket (including large colour map of Northwest Territories).   

   Includes notes on distribution, extirpation, transplantation, protection, habits and life history.  Series: Special Publication of the American Committee for International Wildlife. N 5.









 Hubbard, R. Bernard Father.        Photographic Archive of 55 Real Photo Postcards.        Alaska: , [circa 1930s].   Very good.  55 real photo postcards all with postcard  backs.  All with either Agfa or Noko paper stamps.  All images slightly curled.  The overall condition of the paper and images is excellent.   

   An interesting archive of images all related to Father Hubbard's travels in Alaska.  Of the 55 images, five have the imprint on the back "Photograph by Father Bernard Hubbard", fifteen have the imprint Ordway's Photo Service and the last group have no indication of publisher.  All of the images are postally unused.  The subject matter is interesting and varied in the group, ranging from native women making crafts, film making with a cine camera, portraits, hunting scenes, scenes out in small river boats.  Images of both summer and winter, praying, and many images of natives.  I would guess Father Hubbard is in at least a dozen of the images.  Overall a fascinating archive which may cover several periods. 







 Huggins, W. J.        South Sea Whale Fishery   a Representation of the Ships Ameila Wilson & Castor Off the Island of Bouro  with Their Boats & Crew in the Various Process of Fishing Shewing the Manner the Spermacetti  Whales Caught Also the Mode of Cutting Them into the Ship & Boiling the Oil upon Deck.        London: W.J. Huggins, 1825.  1st printing.  Near fine.  An original hand coloured aquatint engraved by T. Sutherland.  Exterior dimensions of the print are 46 X 55 cm.   The print is framed in a mid 20th century gilt and black frame.  The image is in excellent condition with bright vibrant colours.  Margins are good all around.  Overall very attractive.   

   This rather graphic image depicts all elements of whaling of the day.  Huggins was marine painter to the King and seems to have issued at least one other similar item in 1829, depicting the Northern Whale Fishery.   See photograph.




 Hussey, Dr. L. D. A.        South with Shackleton.        London: Sampson Low, 1949.  1st.   ix,182pp. Very good.  Octavo in original cloth.  Endpaper maps.  Line drawings by Victor Bertoglio throughout the book.   

   Rosove 179.A1; Spence 617. Hussey was meteorologist on Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition. A very scarce book. 




 Kane,  Elisha Kent.        Magnetical Observations in the Arctic Seas.        Washington: Smithsonian, 1858.  1st thus.   (6),66pp. Near fine.  Quarto.  Original printed wrappers. Covers a bit soiled. Corners a bit dog -eared.  Fore-edge a bit chipped.  Top edge untrimmed.  Two plates at rear.  Generally very clean.   

   Arctic Biblio.  8376  Although Kane's narrative was best seller in the 19th century, the scientific results were not produced in large quantities and are uncommon, especially in the original wrappers like this example. 




 [Klondike].        The Pay Streak  Vol. 1 No.'s 4 and 5.        Dawson City, Yukon Territory: , 1899.  1st printing.   (2),8,(2). Very good.  Quarto.  2 loose issues of the Pay Streak.   Covers printed in two colours.  Single staple holding the contents together with the cover glued onto the contents.  The paper is quite fragile and has a few closed tears.  Covers have a bit of foxing but overall in very nice condition.   

   The Pay Streak was a tabloid style newspaper that came out of Dawson City during the Gold Rush.   The paper is quite chatty about local events and has quite a bit of local advertising as well.  I have been unable to determine how long the paper survived but due to its very fragile nature I would assume very few have survived. 




 [Klondike] Hodgins, W.A.        Typed Letter Relating Experience in the Klondike Gold Rush.        Snohomish: , 1899.    2pp. Near fine.  Two page, typed letter on Shaw and Hodgins Books, Stationary and Musical Merchandise letterhead, complete with original mailing envelope.   Signed by the writer with a few hand corrections.  Other than a few fold lines, in very nice condition.   

   W.A. Hodgins was a partner in a stationary firm in Snohomish WA.  The letter, dated Aug, 27th, 1899  was addressed to his father in Shawville Quebec.  The letter appears to be the typed carbon copy on original letterhead.  The first page and a half of the letter gives details of his trip into the region, details of claims, comments on Canadian/American relations "The Canadians are very much behind the times in shutting American capital and enterprise out of their country, anyone who goes into any part of the mining country can find that the whole development has been done by American money and American miners"  It seems Hodgins spent a lot of time in the Atlin area.  The balance of the letter is about news in the Snohomish area.  It is not a whole diary but has very interesting pointed comments. 




 Levick, Dr. G. Murray.        Antarctic Penguins. A Study of Their Social Habits.        London: William Heinemann, [ copyright date 1914].  1st Edition. (Hardcover)  x,139,[1]. Very good.  Octavo.  56 plates (including frontispiece) from photos taken by the author, and tables. Original pictorial green cloth, gilt lettering on spine slightly faded. Front illustration fresh and attractive.   

    Rosove 205.A1; Spence 705. Narrative of the life of Adelie penguins during nesting season by the surgeon on Scott's Terra Nova expedition (1910-13), who was also a member of the 6 man northern party.  See photograph.




 Lewin, Henry W.        Did Peary Reach the Pole? By "An Englishman in the Street".        London: Simpkin, Marshall, Etc., 1911.  1st edition. (Hardcover)  vii,9-85pp. Near fine.  Small 8vo.  Original blue gilt stamped cloth.  Several intext figures.  Folding map tipped onto rear endpaper. Minor foxing on front free endpaper otherwise a very attractive collectable copy.   

   Arctic Bibl. 9996. A contemporary English view of the controversy, and a very, very scarce book indeed!   See photograph.




 Lobel, M. Loicq De.        Le Klondyke L'alkaska, le Yukon   et Les Iles Aleoutiennes.        Paris: Societe Francaise D'editians D'Art, 1899.  1st thus. (Wrappers)  40pp. Very good.  Offprint with original wrappers.  One old circular library stamp and a small paste on label on front wrapper otherwise a very nice copy.   

   From the Bulletin de la Societe de Geographie  Wickersham 4350.   Presentation copy from the author signed on the title page. 




 MacKenzie, Julian with Notes by Richard Kossow.        The Taurus Collection    150 Collectable Books on the Antarctic,  a Bibliography.        London: Travellers' Bookshop, #1 874472 52 1, 2001.  1st Edition.   x,197pp. Fine in fine dust jacket.  Quarto.  Original black cloth.  Map endpapers.  Fully illustrated throughout in colour.  Decorative dust wrapper.  As new.   

   The Taurus collection is one the pre-eminent, private Antarctic collections put together  in the last 25 years.  It was assembled with an eye for condition and association copies.  Although not intended to be a definitive bibliography most of the core material is present and the descriptions, collations, and especially the wonderful photographs of each item make this a must reference work for the serious collector. 




 Mackey, T. J.        The Hazen Court-Martial: The Responsibility for the Disaster to the Lady Franklin Bay Polar Expedition Definitely Established, with Proposed Reforms in the Law and Practice of Courts-Martial.        New York: D. Van Nostrand, Publisher, 1885.  1st Edition.   364pp. Near fine.  Octavo in original pictorial gilt decorated brown cloth with bevelled edges and brown coated endpapers. Blank endpapers somewhat browned otherwise a very clean crisp copy.   

   Not in Arctic Bibliography. The court-martial proceedings of General Hazen who was responsible for the two Greely relief expeditions of 1882 and 1883.  Rare.  See photograph.




 MacMillan, Donald B.        How Peary Reached the Pole. The Personal Story of His Assistant.        Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1934.  1st Edition.   xii,304pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original light blue gilt decorated boards.  Spine a bit darkened.  End paper maps.  Frontis port. of Peary.  24 illustrations.  Original highly decorative dust wrapper.  Wrapper has minor wear but overall a very attractive example.   

   Arctic Bibl. 10676. Macmillan's narrative of his part in Peary's North Pole expedition, 1908-09.  This copy inscribed and signed by MacMillan in pencil on the half title.  Scarce in this condition and signed.  See photograph.




 Markham, Captain Albert Hastings.        The Great Frozen Sea. A Personal Narrative of the Voyage of the "Alert" During the Arctic Expedition of 1875-6.        London: Daldy, Isbister, 1878.  1st UK Edition.   xx,440,6 pages of ads. Very good.  Octavo.  Original heavily decorated gilt stamped cloth. Half title.  Spine somewhat dull.  Recased at some point. Original coated endpapers.  Text block untrimmed.  Frontispiece and five other full page illustrations.  Two, 2 page coloured illustrations showing sledging flags. 26 woodcuts in text.  Two maps including one folding. Minor soiling and foxing.   

    Arctic Bibl. 10926.  Presentation copy with a note tipped onto the half title to L.A. Beaumont from his sincere friend and with wishes from the author May 1878.   Markham was captain of the ALERT during the Nares expedition.  See photograph.




 Matters, Leonard.        Through the Kara Sea. The Narrative of a Voyage in a Tramp Steamer Through Arctic Waters to the Yenisei River.        London: Skeffington & Son, 1932.  1st UK Edition.   283pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket.  8vo. Original light tan cloth with black lettering.  Frontispiece.  50 illustrations.  Single page chart.  Original pictorial dust-wrapper.  Minor wear and dust soiling.   

  Arctic Bibl. 11109. A summer & fall voyage through the Barents & Kara Seas, and up the Yenisei to Igarka.  See photograph. 




 Matthews, Elizabeth.        From the Canadian Arctic to the President's Desk   HMS Resolute  and How She Prevented a War.        Auxilium AB Alto Press, #978-0-755203-96-3, 2007.  1st Edition.   v,(2),190pp. Fine.  Ocatavo.  Original printed card covers.  Two page map.  Errata slip loosely laid in. New  as issued.   

   Signed and dated and with the words "1ST 1st print run" by the author.  New privately printed novel based on the life of the search for Franklin vessel, Resolute.   See photograph.




 Mawson, Paquita.        Mawson of the Antarctic. The Life of Sir Douglas Mawson.        London: Longmans, 1964.  1st Uncorrected Proof Copy. (Wrappers)  233pp. Good to very good.  Octavo; original blue patterned wrappers; B&W plates (both sides) from photos.   

    Spence 781. Mawson's biography, by his widow. Uncommon as a proof copy. 




 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. Previous owner's name and booksellers blindstamp on front free endpaper of each volume.  Spine lettering on both volumes somewhat dull.  Both front boards are bright and clean.  Both volumes are slightly askew.  Very slight old crease on the spine of volume one.  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.  See photograph.




 Mittelholzer, Walter & Others.        By Airplane Towards the North Pole. An Account of an Expedition to Spitsbergen in the Summer of 1923.        London: George Allen & Unwin, 1925.  1st Edition. (Hardcover)  176pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Original gilt lettered blue cloth with plates from photos, 2 illustrations (maps) in text, and two folding maps. In rare dust jacket with minor wear to the top of the spine as well as fading to spine.   

   A.B.  11542. Account of one of the first aerial reconnaissance in the Arctic, originally a support effort for Amundsen's planned 1923 flight over the Arctic Ocean. The purpose was changed and considerable aerial photography was done in Spitsbergen. 




 Nares, Capt. Sir G. S.        Narrative of a Voyage to the Polar Sea During 1875-6 in H.M. Ships 'alert' and 'discovery.' By ... With Notes on the Natural History Edited by H. W. Feilden, ... Naturalist to the Expedition.        London: Sampson Low, Marstion, Searle,& Riv, 1978.  1st Edition.   xl,395;viii,378pp. + 32pp. (ads). Very good.  2 volumes octavo. Six mounted photo plates (incl. Frontispiece in ea. Vol., seven woodcut plates and illus., 2 folding maps (opp. P.1 vol I and II).  Half titles.  Bound in original green cloth with gilt and black decoration. Minor Japanese paper repair to large folding map.   Spine a little dull but a very nice copy in the desirable original cloth.   

   AB 12026A. Voyage through Davis Strait, Baffin Bay, Smith Sound, Kane Basin, Robeson and Kennedy Channels to Lincoln Sea; wintering of the 'Discovery' in Lady Franklin Bay and the 'Alert' in Lincoln Bay, northern Ellesmere Island. Describes ice conditions, health, sledge trips to northeastern Ellesmere and northwestern Greenland with notes on the wildlife, ice, coastal features, vegetation, etc.  The mounted images are Woodbury plates and not real photographs.  The expedition has two photographers, F. Mitchell on the Discovery and George White the Engineer on the Alert.   See photograph.




 Osborn, Sherard.        On the Exploration of the North Polar Regions.  The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, at Their Evening Meeting in Burlington House, on the 23rd January 1865.        London: Royal Geographical Society, 1865.  1st Separate edition.   31pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Separate printing which has been extracted from a bound volume.  This is not from the Journal but a separate printing with separate title page.  The binding edge is a bit ragged and there is a bit of soiling on the title page.   

   Arctic Bibl. 12896. Osborn discusses his view that the best route to the north pole is through Baffin Bay & Smith Sound - the route later used by Peary.  The last half of the paper is a discussion that occurred at the meeting afterwards and a table of voyages towards the North Pole. 




 Pearson, Henry J.        "Beyond Petsora Eastward." Two Summer Voyages to Novaya Zemlya and the Islands of Barents Sea.        London: R. H. Porter, 1899.  1st Edition.   xiv,335pp. Very good, no dust jacket.  Octavo in original  gilt lettered, decorated green cloth with bevelled edges and black coated endpapers with colour frontispiece (bird eggs), 88 B&W plates from photos, illustrations (maps and plans) in text, and 2 folding maps (at end). Fine copy.  Appendices by Colonel H. W. Feilden--On the Botany and Geology. 

   AB 25015.  With the engraved armoural bookplate of A.L. Clarke.

   See photograph.




 Prather,  J. B.        The Gold Fields of the Klondike.        Douglas, Alaska: J. B. Prather, 1899.  1st printing.   1p.l. (title page) + 48 plates (one side only). Very good.  Oblong octavo in original gilt decorated padded two tone leather covers.  Patterned endpapers.  Plates seem to be a lithographic process.  Minor wear to binding.  Plates are a bit toned.   

   Not in Tourville or Wickersham or Smith."Illustrating all the incidents that occurred to the many who engaged in the Great Stampede to the gold fields of the Klondike, including the interesting scences of Dawson and the principal mines in operation during the time, upwards of ten million dollars were extracted. Also scenes of the new Atlin District, as photographed by Case and Draper of Skagway.  Very Scarce.   See photograph.




 Puck Magazine [Joseph Ferdinand Keppler].        Science or Sport? A Modern Spectacle After an Old Model.  An Original Colour Lithograph.        New York: Puck, [circa 1882].   Very good.  An original coloured lithograph illustration from Puck Magazine circa 1880's.  Original art by Joseph Ferdinand Keppler, 1838 - 1894.  Framed with glass.  Image is approx. 50 X 33 cm.  Frame 65 X 49 cm.   

   An image reminiscent of the Roman Colosseum; distressed and dying Arctic explorers are looked down upon from the stands by heads of governments and by jeering media types.  Banner on ornate wall below dignitaries reads"Reserved for J. G. Bennett and other crowned heads"  James Gordon Bennett was the owner of the New York Herald, an inexpensive newspaper known for printing sensational stories.  Bennett is accompanied by Queen Victoria, the Kaiser and others.  See photograph.




  Raymond Priestley's Copy


Richards, R. W.        The Ross Sea Shore Party 1914-17.        Cambridge: Scott Polar Research Institute, 1962.  1st Edition.   [viii],44pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo in original burgundy cloth with two plates and one map. Very scarce in the dust jacket.   

   Rosove 269.A1; Spence 969.  Raymond Priestley's copy with his bookplate on the front paste down.   Author's account of the Ross Sea shore party, of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.  Series: Scott Polar Research Institute. Special Publications Number 2.




 Richet, Etienne.        Les Esquimaux de L'alaska  Vol. I  Moeurs et Coutumes;  Vol II, Les Tribus, L'histoire et Loe Langage.        Paris: Librairie Litteraire et Scientifique, 1921-1923.  1st thus.   244,(1); 322,(1). Very good.  Octavo.  Original wrappers rebound in half calf and marbled boards.  Patterned endpapers.  Minor fading to the spine and minor wear to the corners and edges.  Text somewhat age toned.   

   Wickersham 2670a compare.  Tourville Vol. 1 only  3806  of the two part the second part published two years later seems particularly scarce.  Vol. 2 inscribed and signed by the author.  Richet, the son of a wealthy Notary, met Stanley in 1896 and got the exploration bug.  He spent time in the Klondike and Alaska. 




  The Long Awaited Supplement


Rosove, Michael H.        Additions and Corrections Supplement to the Rosove Antarctic Bibliography.        Santa Monica, California: Adelie Books, 2008.  1st Edition.   xiii,(1), 49, (1). Fine.  Quarto (28.8 cm.)  Quarter dark brown cloth spine with penguin imprint.  Linen covered boards.   Printed on acid free paper.  2 plate leaves with 4 coloured photographs.  This volume matches exactly the first volume.   

   The long awaited supplement to what has become the standard reference work in the field.  Many years of consultation with collectors, booksellers, and historians has lead up to this new reference work.  Much new information has come to light and any errors in the first work have been corrected. 




  Inscribed Family Copy

 Ross, Captain James Clark,  R.N.        A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, During the Years 1839-43.        London: John Murray, 1847.  1st UK Edition.   lii,(4),366; x,(4)447,(16 pages ads dated Jan, 1847.). Very good.  8vo. (14.5 X 22 cm.)  Bound in 19th century tan calf and marbled boards.  Five raised bands and two- tone labels.  Leather corners to match.  Plain brown endpapers.  Spines are a little bit darkened or stained but still present well.  All edges are dyed to match the end papers.  The text blocks are clean and fresh.  There is off setting from all of the full page illustrations.  This varies from quite minor, where the original plate tissue is present, to much more pronounced on the title pages.  Volume one contains a frontispiece, two folding charts, four full page maps, seven vignettes  page headings, three full page illustrations, and one folding panoramic illustration.  Volume two contains a frontispiece, eleven vignettes, two full page illustrations, two maps including one folding.   

   Spence 993, Rosove 276.  Presentation copy with full signature   "Mary Armitage from her affectionate brother JMS C. Ross"  With the 19th century bookplates of John Warren Bakewell, noted Australian.  This appears to be the earliest issue of the book having the earliest dated ads according to Rosove. Presentation copies of Ross's narrative are extremely scarce.  I have only seen two others in the market place.   See photograph.




 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.        London: House of Commons, 1841.  1st printing.   3pp. Near fine.  Folio (20.5 X 32.5 cm.)  extracted from bound volume with the usual slightly ragged binding edge.  Old hand pagination in the upper right hand corner of each page as usual in parliamentary papers.  Single folding map in very nice condition.  Very slight off setting of map.   

   Very rare!  Rosove 275.A1.,  Spence 992, Renard 1325.  The last copy to come up on the market was at Christies Voyage and Travels auction in September 2002.  It made 9300.00 US hammer!  This is the only copy we have had and it seems most of the copies to appear on the market in the last 15 years have been out of the Colonial Office Library. 




 Rosser, William Henry.        Notes on the Physical Geography and Meteorology of the South Atlantic; Together with Sailing Directions for the Principal Ports of Call, and for the Islands: To Which Is Appended a Catalogue of All the Doubtful Islands, Rocks, & Shoals.        London: James Imray and Son, 1862.  1st UK Edition.   viii,264pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original brown pebbled cloth.  Gilt titling on cover and spine.  Coated yellow endpapers.  Folding frontis map.  9 diagrams showing various wind patterns and several other charts or diagrams.  Spine and boards somewhat soiled but overall a very nice copy of a scarce title.   

   This would certainly have been the book you would have consulted if you were considering sailing south.  There are detailed chapters on winds, rain, tides, waves, currents, ice, icebergs, and magnetism.  The chart details passages below Cape Horn and all of the Southern Islands.  This, the first edition, seems scarce as do all later editions.  Copac only shows the second edition at the British Library.   See photograph.




 Russell, Israel C.        An Expedition to Mount St. Elias, Alaska.        Washington: National Geographic Society, 1891.  1st Edition. (Wrappers)  53-203pp. Very good.  Original brick coloured wrappers.  Spine has been professionally renewed to match.  19 plates and maps.  8 figures in text.  Minor soiling and a few corners have been folded over but overall very good.   

    Vol. III of the magazine dated May 29, 1891.  Not in Tourville, Wickersham 6371  Presentation copy from Clarence L. Andrews to W.L. Lindsley.  Lindsley was one of the camp hands on the expedition and has signed and annotated page 113.  In addition there are two small original photos taken on the expedition loosely inserted.  The first part is an excellent summary of previous expeditions in the St. Elias region.  Original  National Geographic magazines from the period are very scarce especially in this condition. 




 Scott's Last Expedition.        A Pony Snow-Shoe Used on Scott's "Terra Nova" Expedition and Brought Back by Charles Wright,.        , 1910.   Very good.  The shoe is made of a single length of one centimeter thick bamboo wrapped into three  concentric circles, 24 cm.  In diameter and held together in four spots with wrapped metal wire and solder.  The middle is a steel ring held to the bamboo with six steel links.  This assembly is held to the hoof of the animal with two twisted cane loops wrapped with leather thongs and all attached to the metal links of the shoe.  There is also a leather thong which would have attached the shoe onto the animal's leg.  The entire assembly is mounted on a modern oak base with brass plaque.  Other than some normal wear and tear the shoe is in excellent condition and presents very well.  See illustration.   

   Both Shackleton and Scott took Manchurian ponies to the Antarctic, and in both cases  the experiments were a failure, with the animals not being able to function well in the severe climate.  The snow-shoes were designed to prevent the animal's hoofs from sinking in the soft snow.  See Scott's Last Expedition page 150-159 volume one for comments.  See also the South Pole Ponies by Theodore Mason for further discussion (copy included with this item).  This example was brought back by Charles S. Wright the Canadian Physicist who was on the Southern Relief party and was the first person to spot the top of Scott's tent.   Charles Wright died in 1975 and the snow -shoe passed to his daughter Pat, who gave it to the last owner in 1985.  The snow-shoe has remained there until now.  The snow-shoe is also pictured in Wright's edited diary (by Colin Bull) "Silas" in a drawing by Pat Wright. (p. 197)   See photograph.





  Charles Wright's Sledge from Scott's Last Expedition


Scotts Last Expedition  (Charles Wright "Silas").        Wooden Sledge Used on the "Terra Nova Expedition" and Now Turned into a Bookcase.        , [no date].   Very good.  The artifact consists of a 12 foot long (original length) hand made wooden (probably ash) sledge which has been cut into two pieces and transformed into two wooden bookcases.  The overall dimensions of the sledge now are:  top half  198 X 53 X 20 cm.; bottom half 180 X 53 X 20 cm.  The sledge consisted, in its original form, of two runners (12 X 3 cm.) turned up at the front with both ends tapering to form a joint at the end with the top rail.  Each runner has eight vertical posts inset into the runner at roughly equal distances and then attached with a thick leather thong.  The runners are  then secured together with eight cross pieces also tied down with leather thongs. Each support post has a steel dowel inset into the side of the support and also attached to the cross member with wrapped metal wire.  For extra support each side has a rail running the length of the sled (3.5 X 2.5 cm.) also attached with leather thongs.  All of the top joints and front and rear main joints have been covered with thick leather and secured with additional leather thongs.  See picture vol. 1 p. 434 Scott's Last Expedition.  The front part of the sledge also has extra bracing with a 2.4 cm.thick piece of ash dowel bent around the front and attached at the junction of the runners and also again at the base of the runners.  The dowel has been wrapped in various places with a thick cord.  The cord on the front has started to unravel but I believe is still all there.  The original hemp rope harness is still also attached to the front part of the sledge as well.   Other than a few small nails used to hold the leather thongs in place no nails have been used in the manufacturing process.  The runners have a large quantity of 2mm., diameter holes running the length of the sledge which may have been used in attaching something to the bottom. (see later discussion)  The sledge in its original state probably hung on a wall as two small brass hangers have been attached to the bottom of the runners and are still present, one on each half of the sledge.  The sledge was cut into two pieces at some point in its life and someone (probably Charles Wright) had the great idea to turn it into a fully functional pair of bookcases.  To facilitate the transition, all that was required was to attach a shelf to each cross member and support piece.  This was done in a very clever manor without changing any of the original nature of the sledge other than the cut in the middle.  Each shelf piece was hand cut and carved to fit around all of the original rigging thus keeping all of the original character of the piece.  Each shelf consists of a piece of quarter sawn oak approx. 54 X 16 X 1.5 size that fits in place over the cross piece and is attached with two vellum straps at the rear.  Several of these vellum pieces have either split off or have been lost over time.  For additional support on the bottom matching oak rails have been nailed onto two sides.  The final effect (see illustrations) is wonderful with a fully functional, stable set of book cases the result.   

   The sledge/bookcase has an interesting history.  The original owner was Charles Wright ("Silas") who brought it back from the expedition.  Wright was the Canadian born Physicist who was the first person to discover the tent in which Scott and his companions perished.  The  expedition had twenty five sledges of the 12 foot variety (page 101 Vol 1 Scott) and ten, 10 foot in length and 10 of the 9 foot variety.  It also appears that many of the sledges were donated and named as per the appendix on page 624 Vol. 1  of Scott's book. The obvious question is, can one determine exactly which sledge this was and what was it used for on the expedition.  An extensive search has not revealed any name on any of the surfaces.  Wright's published memoir does not reveal anything other than general information about sledging.  Scott's Narrative has numerous pictures of sledges but other than revealing the overall design, none of the images have enough detail.  We know it was not one of Scott's South Pole sledges as they were left with the bodies.  The sledge could have been one of the sledges used by the search party but Atkinson suggests on page 340 Vol. II of Scott's Book that the 12 foot sledges were not used but this may be for the mules only.  The lack of wear on the runners may be due to the metal or other experimental material having been removed at some time.  It appears from Scott's book that the sledges were constantly adapted and changed to find the best solution for the conditions.  The later history of the sledge is a little easier to determine.  Prior to Charles Wright's death in 1975 he gave the sledge to his friend, J. Fenwick Lansdowne who also lived in Victoria, British Columbia.  Lansdowne, the world famous artist specializing in birds has kept the sledge in his painting studio for over 34 years.  Lansdowne passed away in 2008 and there is now an opportunity to own a unique piece of history.   See photograph.





 [Shackleton, E.H.].        The British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. [Exhibition Catalogue].        London: N.P., 1909.  1st Edition thus.   24pp. Very good.  Small quarto.  Original printed string tied wrappers with an added cover illustration of the Nimrod in the Ice.  Fronitis port.  4 pages of ads at the beginning and two at the end.  Very slight edge wear otherwise in great condition with the original glassine over the portrait.   

   Taurus 62. Wonderful exhibition catalogue on the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09.  On display were sledging flags, gramophones, food, instruments, photographs, specimens collected and Marston watercolours.  The ads all relate to the expeditions sponsers.  The display was conducted on board the Nimrod and an expedition member was on hand at the time.  Very scarce.   See photograph.




 Shackleton, Keith.        [Storm Petrels].     1983.   Near fine.  Oil painting on masonite.  45 X 35 cm.  Signed and dated by the artist on the lower right.  In a silver gilt frame.   

   Keith Hope Shackleton (B. 1923)  is one of Britain's best known, living wildlife artists. Through his long association with the  ship Lindblad Explorer, he has traveled numerous times both north and south capturing the grand polar landscapes and wildlife he has encountered.  His wonderful talent is detailed in his book "Wildlife and Wilderness  an Artist's World".  A copy is included with the painting.  The Snow Petrel, one of only three species that breed in the Antarctic is one of his favorite subjects and a similar image is depicted on page 30 of the book.   See photograph.




 Simpson, Alexander.        The Life and Travels of Thomas Simpson. The Arctic Discoverer, by His Brother.        London: Richard Bentley, 1845.  1st Edition. (Hardcover)  viii,424pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original black decorated cloth.  Gilt title.  New period style yellow endpapers.  Minor restoration to top and bottom of spine as well as at corners.   Engraved frontispiece portrait and folding map. Portrait and map somewhat foxed as well as untrimmed fore-edge of text block.  Otherwise very clean.  A very attractive copy.   

   A.B. 16116. Includes a detailed account of Dease & Simpson's explorations along the Arctic coast of America, and of Simpson's mysterious death. "Simpson was an explorer who could translate an overwhelming resolution by amazing personal exertion into magnificent achievement. Back is a man to admire, Simpson one to marvel at." - Mirsky - "To the Arctic!".   See photograph.




 Staehlin, J. Von  and le Roy, P.L.        An Account of the New Northern Archipelago,  Lately Discovered by the Russians in the Seas of  Kamtschatka and Anadir.   Bound with  a Narrative of the Singular Adventures of Four Russian Sailors,   Who Were Cast Away on the Desert  Island of East-Spitzbergen.  Together with Some Observations on the Productions of the Island, &C.        London: C. Heydinger, 1774.  1st Edition.   xx,118,ii. Near fine.  8vo,(14 X 21.5 cm.), Bound in modern full polished red calf.  Five raised bands.  Heavily gilt spine and boards.  Separate label.  Contemporary endpapers.  Aeg.  Single hand coloured folding map.  Overall a very attractive clean copy in a period style binding.   

   Arctic Biblio.  16667 and 9935  Both items translated by C. Heydinger.  Very scarce especially in this condition and complete with the second part.   See photograph.




 Stefansson, Vilhjalmur.        Ultima Thule. Further Mysteries of the Arctic.        New York: MacMillan Company, 1940.  1st Trade Edition.   [x],383pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrations from drawings by  Alexander Popini and sketch maps. Original silver stamped blue cloth with endpaper illustrations.  Dust wrapper has minor soiling and wear at the top and bottom of spine.  Interesting engraved bookplate on the front pastedown.   

   A.B. 16871; CF Mattila A21. Stefansson explores the possible voyages of Pytheas and Columbus to the Arctic seas.  Book is inscribed by Stefansson on the half title to the owner of the bookplate.  Also with the Bookplate of Beekman Pool. 




 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 in near fine dust jacket.  Tall 8vo.  Original green gilt stamped cloth.   342 illustrations and maps, both in text and full page.  Original green dust wrappers which only have slight wear.  Old ownership on the front endpaper of Volume 2 only.  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. 







 Tilman, H.W.        Mostly Mischief. Voyages to the Arctic and to the Antarctic.        London: Hollis & Carter, 1966.  1st edition. (Hardcover)  191pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Original blue cloth; 5 maps; 22 plates from photos. A clean, crisp copy.   

   Account of the author's voyages to Bylot island, Baffin island; East Greenland and Iceland; and Heard island and Kerguelen, 1963-1965.  This being the copy of squadron leader Freddie Church who was associated with Wally Herberts British Trans-Arctic Expedtion, with his name on the front free endpaper. 









  Best Association Copy

 Tyrrell, J. B.        A Brief Narrative of the Journeys of David Thompson in North-Western America.        Toronto: Copp, Clark Company, 1888.  1st Separate edition.   28pp. Very good.  8vo.  Original printed wrappers.  Spine has been renewed.  Some old water spots and soiling on the front wrapper otherwise a very nice copy.  Housed in a fold over buckram box.   

   Peel 1080; Howes T 450; Smith 10376   This pamphlet represents the first real work done on David Thompson.  It was read before the Canadian Institute March 3rd, 1888.  Tyrrell in his introduction to the 1916 Champlain Society edition relates the story of his interest in Thompson and his contact with Charles Lindsey who at that time owned the original manuscript of the narrative.  Tyrrell obtained the manuscript from Lindsey and after many years the Champlain Society published it.  This example of Tyrrell's rare pamphlet is inscribed to Chas. Lindsey,  making it probably the best association copy available.  Also with the small round leather bookplate of Neva and Guy Littell.   See photograph.







 Umfreville, Edward.        The Present State of Hudson's Bay.  Containing a Full Description of the That Settlement, and the Adjacent Country;  And Likewise of the Fur Trade, with Hints for Its Improvement, ... To Which Are Added, Remarks and Observations Made in the Inland Parts, During a Residence of Near Four Years; A Specimen of Five Indian Languages,.        London: Charles Stalker, 1790.  1st Edition.   vii,230pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Bound in 19th century half calf and marbled boards.  Marbled edges to match. Rebacked at an early date.  Spine somewhat darkened.  Boards a bit worn.  Text generally very clean with only a small amount of scattered foxing.  Single plate and two folding charts.  Pages 129-32 omitted from pagination but the text is continuous.   

   Peel. 50. Streeter 3650. Howes U10.   Umfreville was an ex-employee of the HBC who joined the North West company in 1784.  His narrative was very critical of the HBC and its practices. 




 Villiers, A. J.        To the Frozen South.        Hobart, Tasmania: Davies Brothers Limited, 1924.  1st Edition.   [viii],96pp. Very good.  Quarto in original cloth backed boards with half-tone illustrations in text from photos including portrait of Larsen and map showing routes of the voyages of the whaler 'Star I' to McMurdo Sound and  the coast of Victoria Land. Minor edge soiling otherwise quite a nice copy.  Quite scarce.   

   Not in Rosove or Spence. Compilation of articles that originally appeared in "The Mercury" during May and June, 1923. Villiers went on the expedition as a reporter for the Hobart 'Mercury', and worked as one of the crew.   See photograph.




 Walton, W.G.  Rev.  (William Gladstone).        "Peep of Day"  in the Language of the Cree Indians  Living on the Eastern Shores of Hudson Bay.        London: Society for Promoting Christain Knowledge, 1920.  2nd printed edition.   149pp. Very good.  12mo.  Original red cloth.  Black titling on the front board.  A little faded on the spine.  Endpapers a bit browned.   

   The first edition appeared in 1909. 







Webb, William Seward.        California and Alaska and Over the Canadian Pacific Railway.        New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1890.  1st limited letter press edition.   xix,190pp. Very good.  Quarto.  Bound in publishers full brown gilt decorated morocco binding.  Patterned endpapers.  Four India proof etchings.  88  full page photogravures.  Top edge gilt with other two edges untrimmed.  Minor wear on the corners.  Spine a little bit faded otherwise a very attractive clean copy.   

   Number 437/500 copies with the stamp of the publishers on the limitation page. More than half of the book details the trip across Western Canada and onto Alaska.  Many of the photogravures are along the CPR in British Columbia and Alberta.  A wonderful and very expensive production.   See photograph.






 White Pass & Yukon Route.        Deck of Playing Cards.        Whitehorse, Yukon: Murdoch's Gem Shop, [circa 1940s].   Very good.  Complete deck of 52 cards plus 2 Joker's.  Also included is a single card with map on one side and a table of distances along the White Pass route.  Minor soiling to the surfaces of some cards but overall in very nice condition.  Missing the box.   

   The images on the individual cards show scenes along the White Pass route as well as many general Yukon views.  A number of images are dated in the caption 1899.  The back of the cards are labeled the White Pass and Yukon Route  Gateway to the Yukon.  It would appear that Murdoch's was the publisher with their website indicating they started in business in the 1940's.   See photograph.




 Whitehouse, J.H. and Shackleton, Sir E.H.        A Visit to Nansen   and     Adventure.        London: Oxford  University Press, 1928.  1st Edition.   23pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original cloth backed paper covered boards.  Paper label on spine and front board with extra label tipped in at the rear.  A tiny bit of soiling to the boards.  Two portraits, one of each subject.   

   Spence 1255, Renard 1691, Rosove, 1343.  Whitehouse met Nansen in 1928 when he accompanied a group of students to Norway to present Nansen with a model showing the Farthest North adventure.  The Shackleton paper originally appeared in the Boys' League magazine for 1914.  Seems to be much scarcer than you would think. 




 Whittaker, C. E.        Arctic Eskimo. A Record of Fifty Years' Experience & Observation Among the Eskimo.        London: Seeley, Service & Co., [1937].  1st UK Edition.   260pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Original blue cloth. 16 plates from photos (including frontispiece), 32 illustrations, and folding map. Original illustrated dust wrapper.  Front panel is a bit soiled but basically the entire wrapper is present.  Boards a bit bowed.   

   Arctic Bibl. 19415 - "Missionary's account of the natives of the MacKenzie River and Coronation Gulf regions ... Includes data on Eskimos' spiritual and material culture, customs, diseases, language, dogs, and the Indians and white man's influence upon their way of life." an uncommon book, almost never found in dj.   See photograph.







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. (Leatherbound)  cxxxvii,413pp. Very good.  8vo.  Bound in half 19th century morocco and marbled boards.  Marbled endpapers to match.  Top edge gilt.  Rebacked with the original spine laid down.  Spine somewhat darkened.  Title page and first page of text have had the outer edge strengthened with Japanese tissue.  Minimal light age toning to the text.  Single large folding map at the rear.  A very good 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.  The Bradley Martin copy with his small bookplate. 






 Zeilau, Theodor.        Fox-Expeditionen  I Aaret 1860  Over Faeroerne, Island Og Gronland,  Med Oplysninger Om Mulighden Af et Nordatlantisk Telegraf - Anlaeg.        Kjobenhavn: Fr. Waldikes, 1861.  1st Edition.   (4),197,32,(2). Very good.  Octavo.  Original half calf and marbled boards binding.  Outer joints have been professionally repaired.  Leather corners.  8 full page litho's.  4 maps, some folding and one plan at the rear.  2 figures of cable samples.  Text is generally very clean with only a few bits of minor foxing.   

   Very scarce.  Only edition with no other translations that we can find.  Zeilau was a lieutenant in the Danish army and part of the British North American Telegraph Expedition.  McClintock's "Fox" was the ship and Allen Young of  "Pandora" fame and John Rae of Hudson's Bay Company fame were involved with the survey. The expedition surveyed a route from Britain to America via the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland and Labrador.  John Rae's experiences are part of manuscript held at the Scott Polar but never published. 



Updated February 24, 2010