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Albert, Uncle.        Poems   Commemorating Construction of the Alaska Highway.        Np: Self Published,  [circa 1945], 1st printing.   61 pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original printed wrappers.  Unillustrated.   

Many of the poems deal with familiar places along the highway including, Skayway, Norman Wells, Kluane Lake, White Pass Railway and the  pleasures of camp life. 




  Wonderful Association Copy


Amundsen, Roald.        The South Pole. An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912.        London: John Murray,  1912, 1st UK Edition. (Hardcover)  xxxv, 392; x449pp. Very good.  Numerous photo plates, maps, some folding. Original decorated cloth, t.e.g. Minor wear and a bit of spotting on the endpapers.  Old library stamp, marked withdrawn on the front endpaper of each volume, otherwise a clean attractive copy.  Both volumes signed and dated by Victor Campbell on the front paste downs.   

Spence 16. Taurus Collection 71, Rosove 9.A1  First edition in English, published the year before the New York edition and quite scarce. Amundsen had originally planned an expedition to repeat Nansen's drift with the Fram through the Arctic Ocean, and presumably to try for the north pole, but support for the project fell with the announcement of Cook's & Peary's accomplishments. He then turned toward the south, even though Scott's plans to attempt the south pole were well known, and was severely criticized (mostly in Great Britain) for competing with Scott. The two polar journeys were in marked contrast, and form part of one of the greatest dramas of exploration - Amundsen made the trip with dogs and skis, and with little difficulty, reaching the pole a month before Scott's party; Scott and four others reached the pole, but died on the return, just short of safety, after an heroic but ill-planned trip, dragging their own sleds.  This set bears the ownership and annotations of Lieut. Victor Campbell, who was in charge of the Northern party.  See colour illustration. 





Amundsen, Roald.        Sydpolen: Den Norske Sydpolsfaerd Med Fram 1910-1912.        Kristiania: Jacob Dybwads Forlag,  1912, 1st norwegian edition.   (4),528; (8),424 pp. Very good.  Octavo (16 X 24 cm.)  Original printed wrappers in 40 parts.  Parts 1-22 constitute Vol. 1 and Parts 23-40 are Vol. 2. Portrait of author as frontis and 47 other plates.  4 charts, 2 folding and 3 sketches.  306 illustrations in text.  Instructions to the binders in the front of part one.  Original printed wrappers are a bit worn and have a few splits on the spines.  Each wrapper has a photographic illustration in the centre of the wrapper and is surrounded by a penquin decorative border.  The first two wrappers are printed in silver and the last 38 are printed in a blue-green colour. Generally an extremely nice set. Housed in a very attractive fold over curved leather backed box.   

Rosove 8 A1.  Very rare complete set of Amundsen's classic South Pole in the original parts issue. Rosove points out in his bibliography the circular image varies in the sets he has examined with our set being a further variant.  Rosove was only able to examine 3 sets, one at Dartmouth and 2 at SPRI.   Only the second set of which we have seen for sale.  The first being in Christie's sale Fram 7261, 27th September 2006.  This set made 5040 Pounds. A great opportunity to acquire a very rare Amundsen item for Christmas!  See colour illustration. 






Appleton, Paul C.        Resurrecting Dr. Moss.        Calgary, AB: University of Calgary, #978-1-55238-232-5,  2008, 1st edition. (Softcover)  xvi, 252 (2). Fine.  Brand New.  Illustrated flaps.  Half title.  Illustrated text with B/W photographs and sketches. Color plates of paintings and sketch map.  Notes, bibliography and index included.     Edited, with preface by William Barr.

Historian, Paul Appleton sheds light on the personal life of the British naval explorer Edward Lawton Moss, most famous for his accounts of the 1875-76 arctic expedition, "Shores of the Polar Sea."  Moss was lost at Sea in 1880.  Signed by the editor on the title page. 




Ayyar, A.V. Venatarama.        Records of Fort St. George  James Strange's Journal and Narrative of the Commercial Expedition from Bombay to the North-West Coast of America  Together with a Chart Showing the Tract of the Expedition.        Madras, India: Superintendent Government Printing,  1929, 2nd Edition.   63pp. Very good.  Folio.  Original printed paper covered boards.  Green cloth spine.  Large folding map.  Minor soiling on boards.  Evidence of a small paper label removed from front board.  Overall an attractive copy.   

A.B. 17097  Howes 1064  Bookplate of Huntington Free Library on the front paste down.  A small lot of correspondence from the Librarian and the Publisher is laid in loosely.  It would appear that there were only 210 copies of the book issued in two printings, the first of 110 copies in 1928 and the second of 100 copies in 1929.  The number of copies printed is on the large folding map.  See colour illustration. 




Bainier, P.F.        Nordenskiold  Chef le L'expedition de la Vega et Son Retour En Europe.        Marseille: Barlatier-Feitssat Pere,  1880, 1st printing.   (6),68,(2) pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original Printed wrappers.  Albumen photographic frontis.  Single page map.  Minor cover soiling otherwise a great copy.   

Not in A.B.  Inscribed and signed by the author on the top of the title page.  Interesting biography of Nordenskiold culminating with the Vega Expedition.  Very scarce. 




Barr, William.        The Expeditions of the First International Polar Year, 1882-83.        Calgary: Arctic Institute of N.A., #978-1-894788-03-8,  2008, 1st revised edition. (Softcover)  xiv,417pp. Fine.  Octavo in original stiff photo illustrated card covers.  Illustrations from photos and drawings.  Maps.  Signed by the author.   

This new edition reprints the original text in a new format and brings up to date the IPY.  Includes the American expeditions to Lady Franklin Bay and Point Barrow plus expeditions from Austria, Sweden, Russia, etc.  Series: A.I.N.A. Technical Paper 29.





Barrow, K.M.        Three Years in Tristan Da Cunha.        London: Skeffington & Son,  1910, new and Cheaper Edition.   xii,280pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  37 original illustrations from photographs.  Single page map.  Front board a little faded otherwise a clean attractive copy.   

Written by the wife of the Missionary Clergyman stationed on Tristan in the early 20th century. 




Bartlett, Robert A. and Hale, Ralph T.        The Last Voyage of the Karluk  Flagship of Vilhjalmar Stefansson's Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-16.        Boston: Small, Maynard and Company,  1916, 1st US Edition.   [x],329pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original blue cloth with gilt decoration and title.  Frontispiece.  25 plates and charts.  Many pages uncut.  A fine clean copy without the usual fading on the spine.  Signed by Bartlett across the middle of the title page.   

AB 1112.  Account of  the voyage and drift, July 1913-JANUARY 1914, in Beaufort and Chukchi Seas; the loss of the Karluk, dog-sledge journey across the ice to Wrangell Island, thence to the Siberian coast, the rescue of the survivors, etc.  See colour image.  





[Beechey, F.W.].        Description of a View of the North Coast of Spitzbergen, Now Exhibiting in the Large Rotunda of Henry Aston Barker's Panorama, Leicester Square; Painted Drom Drawings Taken by Lieut. Beechey, Who Accompanied the Polar Expedition in 1818.        London: Jas. and Chas. Adlard,  1819, 1st printing.   12 pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Bound in modern blue paper covered boards.   Large folding frontis illustration.  Trimmed rather close to the top edge affecting an old signature on the top of the title page.  Old printers flaw on the title page affecting part of the titling.  A couple of light foxing spots otherwise a very clean copy.   

Very scarce arctic pamphlet sold during the viewing of this very early arctic panorama.  Henry Barker was the son of Robert Barker, the major exponent of panorama's in Leicester Square in London. 




Bergman, Sten.        Through Kamchatka by Dog-Sled & Skis a Vivid Description of Adventurous Journeys Amongst the Interesting & Almost Unknown Peoples of the Most Inaccessible Parts of This Remote Siberian Peninsula.        London: Seeley, Service & Co.,  1927, 1st UK Edition.   284,(12) pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original yellow decorated boards with only light soiling.  Frontis illustration.  22 photo illustrations.  2 sketch maps at front of book.  Clean attractive copy with no foxing or internal problems.   

Arctic Biblio. 1431   This is the English translation of the original Swedish scientific expedition to Kamchatka.  The principal purpose of the expedition was zoological, botanical, and ethnographical discovery. 





Bilby, Julian W.        Nanook of the North.        London: Arrowsmith,  1925, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  319pp. Very good.  Octavo in original green cloth binding with 29 plates from photos. Some very minor foxing affecting only edges else a nice clean copy.  School library gilt stamp on cover and prize label on front paste down.   



Arctic Bibl. 1551 - "Story of the life of the typical Baffin Island Eskimo, with illustrations from the film "Nanook of the North" and photographs by Robert Flaherty.". 




Birkeland, Knut B.        The Whalers of Akutan. An Account of Modern Whaling in the Aleutian Islands.        New Haven: Yale University Press,  1926, 1st Edition.   [viii]171 pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated with plates from photos (including frontispiece). Original green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Tight clean copy in a very good pictorial wrapper which has chipping at the top and bottom of the spine and is somewhat soiled.   

Arctic Bibliography 1593. "Account of the difficulties encountered by the North Pacific Sea Products Co., which operated in Aleutian waters beginning in 1913; description of the whales and industry of whaling, with notes on the Islands and native Aleuts."  Very scarce in the original wrapper. 




Brogger, W. C.   With Nordahl Rolfsen.     Fridtiof Nansen 1861-1893.        London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,  1896, 1st .   x,402pp. + 32pp. (publisher's catalogue). Near fine, no dust jacket.  Octavo in original silver lettered dark blue cloth, coated black endpapers with 8 plates (including frontispiece), illustrations in text and three folding maps. A clean, tight copy.   

A.B. 2225. Biography of Nansen  with accounts of the Norwegian Greenland Expedition of 1888, the 1st Fram Expedition of 1898-1902, and chapters describing Greenland and early arctic exploration.




Brown, R. N. Rudmose.        The Polar Regions: A Physical and Economic Geography of the Arctic and Antarctic.        London: Meuthuen & Co.,  1927, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  ix, 245pp. Good to very good.  Octavo in original green cloth, fading on spine, with 23 illustrations (maps) in text and 2 folding colour maps (at end).   

AB 2326. Account of the general state of knowledge (at the time) of the polar regions with chapters on expedition history, the oceans, sea ice, the Eskimo, and individual regions of the Arctic with a bibliography. 





Browne, Rev. P. W.        Where the Fishers Go. The Story of Labrador.        London: T. Werner Laurie,  [circa 1909], 1st U.K. edition.   xxiv,[2],366,[iv] pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Illustrations from photos, and folding map of the "Coast of Labrador." Original illustrated blue cloth.  A very attractive copy.   

A.B. 2343; O'Dea 1424.  A missionaries' account of the geography and natural history of Labrador, with descriptions of the inhabitants - the Inuit, Indians,  and fishermen, and the villages and Moravian missions. 





Burns, Walter Noble.        A Year with a Whaler.        New York: Outing Publishing Company,  1913, 1st Edition.   250pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo in original gilt decorated maroon cloth with 16 photo plates.  Pictorial dust wrapper shows only minor wear at the top and bottom of the spine.   

Arctic Bibl. 2535- "The author shipped as a greenhorn on an arctic whaling ship, and here relates his adventures in Bering and Chukchi Seas, with notes on processing the whale aboard ship." the ship was the brig "Alexander" out of San Francisco.  Very scarce in this condition and with the very attractive original dust wrapper.  See colour illustration. 




Byrd, Admiral Richard E.        Admiral Richard E. Byrd  an Adventure Story  (33 RPM Recording).        New York: Rare Records Incorporated,  [circa 1960].  Very good.  Seven inch vinyl, 33 RPM record.  Pressed only on one side.  Decorative label on each side.  Original yellow decorated sleeve.   Appears to be in excellent condition.   

H 613  Part of the Voices from the Past series which "re-creates in your home the genius of the world's Greatest Personalities"   This particular record records "An Adventure Story.  The Famed arctic explorer relating a thrilling experience occasioned during one of his arctic adventures".   Seems to by quite scarce.  See colour illustration. 




Byrd, Admiral Richard E.        Signed Portrait of Admiral Richard E. Byrd.        Np: ,  [circa 1930]. (Photograph) Very good.  Original photographic portrait of Admiral Richard E Byrd approx 48 X 38 CM in a contemporary dark wood frame.  Marked on reverse: framed 4/21/31.   

An elegant 3/4 length black and white portrait of Byrd dressed in his heavy Polar fur coat, examining an American flag tied to a large stone, likely used for dropping from an aircraft; standing in front of a bookcase.  Signed by Byrd on light area of coat just to right of center of photo.  An unusual large image of Byrd.  See colour illustration. 




Campbell, Robert.        Two Journals of Robert Campbell  (Chief Factor Hudson's Bay Company) 1808 to 1853  Early Journal  1808 to 1851   Later Journal Sept. 1850 to Feb. 1853.        Seattle: Shorey Book Store, The,  1958, 1st printed edition.   (6),151 pp. Near fine.  Folio.  Bound in full black buckram.   

Limited to 100 copies.  Mimeographed typescript printed on one page only.  This is the only edition to date of this very important early fur trade journal detailing Campbell's travels in the Fort Yukon area. 




Carstensen, A. Riis.        Two Summers in Greenland. An Artist's Adventures Among Ice and Islands, in Fjords and Mountains.        London: Chapman & Hall,  1890, 1st Edition.   xxxi,185 pp. Very good.  Octavo in original decorated cloth, uncut. 28 plates from paintings by the author and folding map. Some minor bumping to corners else an attractive copy in the original decorative cloth binding.   

A.B. 2917. "Description of the scenery, Eskimos and administration of west Greenland, based on the author's experiences with J. A. D. Jensen's survey party in 1884, and with a group of Danish scientists, in 1888."  See colour illustration. 





Cedar, A.        Arctic Oil Painting Showing a Three Masted Ship Wintering in the Ice.        Np: ,  [circa 1880-00].  Very good.  Oil painting on canvas (90.5 X 54 cm.)  the canvas has been removed from its stretcher and mounted on masonite.  The image has a bit of surface crazing, overpainting, and certainly could use a good cleaning.  The image is certainly stable at this point.   

Interesting somewhat naive image of a three masted ship wintering over in the ice, surrounded by the winter huts, protective ice barriers and showing the  daily outdoor activities.  The ship somewhat resembles Peary's Roosevelt but we can find no illustration in any late

19th century/early 20th century published narrative that is similar.  Perhaps the artist was just painting something he had read about. We can find nothing about the artist having looked in all of the standard references. See colour illustration. 






Cherry-Garrard, Apsley.        The Worst Journey in the World. Antarctic 1910-1913.        London: Published by the Author and Distributed for Him by Chatto & Windus,  1951, library Edition with some corrections and a postscript.   lxiv, 612pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Octavo in gilt lettered blue cloth.  Lightly edge worn dust jacket. Colour frontispiece and 8 B&W plates from sketches by Edward A. Wilson and 4 sketch maps (two folding). Previous owner's name on front free endpaper else a clean, tight copy in the uncommon dust jacket.   

Rosove 71.I1.b. Spence 283. First edition with the postscript  of this classic travel narrative account of Scott's last expedition 1910-13, including the account of the Winter Journey from which the book derives its title. 





Cilley, Jonathan Prince.        Bowdoin Boys in Labrador  an Account of the Bowdoin College Scientific Expedition to Labrador Led by Prof. Leslie A. Lee of the Biological Department.        Rockland, Maine: Rockland Publishing,  [circa 1892], 1st Edition.   71 pp. Very good.  Octavo.   Bound in early 20th century red cloth with mounted red label on front board.  Unillustrated as issued. Single paste on errata at page 64. A clean attractive copy.   

O'Dea 1014   Written as a series of letters from different locations on the expedition.  Very Scarce. 




Copland, Dudley.        Livingstone of the Arctic.        Ottawa, Ontario: Self Published,  1967, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  183pp. Very good, no dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated with photos and maps. Original grey cloth with black lettering on front cover and spine in dust jacket. Small stain to back of dust jacket. Small tears to edges of dust jacket (tape repaired). Previous owner's small label on title page.     Foreword by A.Y. Jackson. Signed by Dudley Copland.

The standard biography of the this early medical pioneer in the Canadian arctic. 




Crane, Alice Rollins.        Smiles and Tears from the Klondyke; A Collection of Stories and Sketches with Eight Illustrations.        New York: Doxey's,  1901, 1st printing.   203pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original decorated blue cloth.  8 illustrations from photos.  Minor old water stain on a couple of leaves otherwise a clean copy in a very attractive signed binding.   

Arctic Biblio 3467, Tourville 1113, Wickersham 4302  Stories authors include, William Ogilvie, Ella Cunningham, and William Galpin.  See colour image. 






D'urville, M.J. Dumont.        Voyage Au Pole Sud  et Dans L'oceanie Sur Les Corvettes L'astrolabe et la Zelle, Execute Par Ordre Du Roi Pendand Les Annees 1837-1838-1839-1840,.        Paris: Gide,  1841-1946, 1st Edition.   lxxxii,295; (iv),363,(4); viii,451,(2); (4),(2),410,(2); viii,428,(2); (4),344,(2);(4),346,(2); (4),391,(1); (4),362,(4),318,(1) pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original full tree calf bindings.  Marbled endpapers.  Gilt decoration on boards.  Spines ruled in five compartments.  Title label and volume label in red morroco.  All edges marbled to match.  Two volumes bound together, each with the half title at the front of each volume and the table of contents leaf at the rear of each volume.  Atlas volume is bound to match and includes 9 folded maps.  Each volume has a small armoural bookplate on the pastedown.  A very attractive set.   

Rosove 105, Hill p89. Very scarce especially with the atlas volume which is often missing.  Hill states "The aims of this expedition were to explore the south polar regions and various island groups in the Pacific. The expedition reached the ice pack in January 1838 but failed to penetrate it or get south of the 64th parallel."  See colour illustration. 






Douglas, George M.        Lands Forlorn. A Story of an Expedition to Hearne's Coppermine River.        New York: Putnam's Sons,  1914, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  xv,285pp. Very good.  Octavo in original gilt lettered blue cloth with color frontispiece (portrait), many B&W photo illustrations in text, and folding map. Minor wear to extremities.   

Arctic Bibl. 4074. Story of a three man expedition to the Coppermine via Great Bear Lake, a winter at Great Bear, then down the Coppermine to its mouth the following summer.  See colour illustration. 





Duchaussois, Rev. Father P.        The Grey Nuns in the Far North.        Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Publishers,  1919, 1st Edition.   287pp. Near fine.  Small Octavo in original green cloth with illustrations in text from photos. Name on front free endpaper else a clean, tight copy. Scarce in this condition.   

Arctic Biblio. 4167   English translation which originally appeared the year before in French.   History of the Catholic missions in the Northwest Territories. 





Earl of Southesk.        Saskatchewan and the Rocky Mountains. A Diary and Narrative of Travel, Sport, and Adventure, During a Journey Through the Hudson's Bay Company's Territories, in 1859 and 1860.        Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas,  1875, 1st Edition.   xxx,448pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Bound in the original gilt decorated blue cloth with beveled boards. Joints have been professionally repaired. Frontispiece.  6 full page wood engravings.  2 full page lithographs.  22 engravings in text.  2 folding maps on oil cloth. Overall a very attractive clean copy.   

Peel 411  an excellent copy of the one of the classics of Western Canadian travel and exploration in the 19th century.  See colour image. 





Erman, Adolph  Translated by William Desborough Cooley.        Travels in Siberia:  Including Excursions Northwards, Down the Obi, to the Polar Circle, and Southwards, to the Chinese Frontier.        London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,  1848, 1st U.K. edition.   xi,495; ix,536 pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Bound in full contemporary polished calf.  Heavily gilt decorated spines.  Marbled endpapers with edges to match.  Early interesting bookplate and nearly contemporary gift inscription.  Mild foxing only to the blank endpapers.  Large folding map in volume one.  A very attractive clean set.   

Arctic Bibl.  4662, Sabin 22771.  This is the first edition in English of Erman's extensive Siberian travels.  An American edition appeared in 1850 but did not include the map of Siberia.  See colour image. 





Evans, Captain Edward R. G. R.        South with Scott.        London: W. Collins Sons & Co. LTD,  1921, 1st Edition.  Very good.  Original blue cloth with red lettering on spine.  Untrimmed foredge.   Gravure frontispiece portrait.  3 folding maps.  1 folding plan.  An attractive unfaded copy.   

Rosove 117, Spence 432, Taurus collection. 83  This copy includes a canceled cheque signed by Evans tipped onto the front free endpaper.  Very scarce especially in this condition. 




Fisher, Margery.   With James Fisher.     Shackleton.        London: Barrie,  1957, 1st edition. (Hardcover)  xvi,559 pp. Very good in good to very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated with photos, drawings, maps and endpaper maps.  Original blue cloth which has an old stain 2 CM up from the bottom edge running along both boards and the spine.  You can see it but its not to bad.  The dust wrapper has been reinforced along the inner edge with old masking tape.  The exterior of the wrapper has only minimal wear.   

Spence 460.  Raymond Priestley's copy with his bookplate on the front pastedown.  Also tipped onto the rear endpaper is an envelope with a letter addressed to Priestley from Derek Harbord, son of Arthur Edward Harbord.  The letter has excellent content regarding Shackleton etc.  See colour image. 






Flaherty, Robert J. in Collaboration with Francis Hubbard Flaherty.        My Eskimo Friends  "Nanook of the North".        New York: Doubleday, Page and Co.,  1924, 1st Edition.   (12),170 pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original blue cloth backed paper covered boards.  Paper label on spine and front board.  Boards a bit soiled.  Title label a bit worn.  3 colour plates.  6 half tone plates and 9 photogravure plates.  6 maps including 1 folding.   

Arctic Bib.  5058   Flaherty's popular account of several trips in the Hudson's Bay area and Baffin Island.  The author also gives a good account of his pioneering film making in the north including the making of the first documentary "Nanook of the North". 





Fox, Richard.        The People on Other Planets.        Benton Harbor: Walter Southworth Co.,  1925, 1st Edition.   x,118 pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original printed paper covered boards with blue cloth spine.  6 full page illustrations.  The edges of the boards are somewhat abraded otherwise the book is in very nice clean condition.   

This very interesting fantasy seems to have much of it set in Dawson City in the Yukon of which the author seems to have lived.  Very scarce.  See colour image. 





Freeport, Andrew.        The Case of the Hudson's Bay Company in a Letter to Lord Palmerston.        London: Edward Stanford,  1857, 1st printing.   (2),18 pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original printed wrappers.  Front wrapper somewhat soiled especially along the binding edge.  Minor old offsetting probably from another book or pamphlet.  Crease running vertically down the centre of the text block.  Internally clean.   

Peel 3, 345.   Only 6 copies show up in Worldcat of this very rare Hudson's Bay item.  The original author does not appear to be known and shows up as a pseudonym in any of the standard works. 





Gillis, Kim Fairley and Ayer, Silas Hibbard III  Edited By.        Boreal Ties   Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition.        Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, #0-8263-2810-5,  2002, 1st printing.   xiii,232pp. Fine in fine dust jacket.  Oblong 8vo.  Original brown cloth.  Maps.  Numerous photo illustration printed in sepia tones.  Small remainder mark on the bottom of the text block.   

Fantastic publication with great detail and photos. 




Glen, A.R.        Young Men in the Arctic. The Oxford University Arctic Expedition to Spitsbergen 1933.        London: Faber & Faber,  1935, 1st Edition.   329 pp. Very good.  Octavo. Illustrated with 49 plates from photos and colored folding map at rear. Original blue cloth with red lettering on spine.  A very attractive bright copy.   

Arctic Bib. 5812.  Glen's account of the Oxford University Arctic Expedition which consisted of 18 members who spent three months in Spitzbergen in 1933. 




Godsell, Philip H.        Pilots of the Purple Twilight. The Story of Canada's Early Bush Flyers.        Toronto: Ryerson Press,  1955, 1st Edition.   xii,[2],225pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Small octavo in original blue cloth, endpaper maps and dust jacket with plates (including frontispiece portrait) from photos. Signed on half-title.   

Arctic Bibl. 45150 - "Contains 14 sketches in popular style, of flyers and their experiences in northern Canada from the 1920's; among them Wop May, Vic Horner, Punch Dinkins, Con Farrell, and Walter Gilbert."





Golovin, Captain P.N.        The End of Russian America. Captain P.N. Golovin's Last Report 1862.        Portland: Oregon Historical Society, #0-87595--084-1,  1979, 1st edition. (Hardcover)  xv,249pp. Fine in fine dust jacket.  Quarto. Illustrated with drawings, diagrams and maps. Original grey cloth with black lettering on front cover and spine in dust jacket.     Translated with an Introduction by E.A.P. Crownharet-Vaughan & Basil Dmytryshyn.

This is the four volume in the Oregon Historical Society's North Pacific Studies Series.  Golovin, the brilliant Russian Naval officer


was the first not employee of the Russian American Company to make a detailed report on the conditions of the fur trade and the colonies in Russian America. 




Great Northern Railway.        Alaska Land of Gold and Glacier.        Chicago: Poole Bros.,  1898, 1st printing.   59,(2) pp. Near fine.  Oblong 16mo.  Original coloured printed wrappers.  Two large folding maps.  Extensively illustrated with photos and several other in-text maps.  Wrappers a bit soiled, an attractive copy.   

Tourville 1835.  Although the first part of the book deals with a trip up the coast to Alaska, a great part of the book documents the Klondike Gold rush and the routes to the Yukon.  Very scarce Klondike ephemera. 





Haig-Thomas, David.        Tracks in the Snow.        London: Hodder and Stoughton,  1939, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  X,11-292pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated with plates from photos (including frontispiece) and maps. Original blue cloth with black lettering on spine in dust jacket. Small chips to edges of dust jacket and minor soiling to front.   

Arctic Bibl. 6480 - "Narrative of the author's year in North Greenland, 1937-8, during which he sledged across Ellesmere, Axel Heiberg and Ringnes Islands...includes an entertaining and informative account of the Polar Eskimos." the author was killed in WWII. 





Harper, Kenn.        Give Me My Father's Body. The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo.        Frobisher Bay: Blacklead Books,  1986, True first edition. (Softcover)  x,275pp. Very good.  Octavo. Illustrated with photos. Original pictorial wrappers. Covers slightly rubbed.   




Hayes, Isaac Israel.        Original Albumen Cabinet Photograph.        Mora, Jose Maria,  [circa 1870].  Very good.  Original albumen cabinet photograph (10.5 X 16.5 CM) of Hayes.  Image mounted on Original mount of the photographer.  Minor staining in the bottom corner from old glue of the mount otherwise a very nice example in unfaded condition.   

Compare this image with the frontis of Doug Wamsley's new book on Hayes, for a similar view. (for sale in this catalogue)  Views of Hayes are quite scarce.  See colour illustration. 






Heimbinder, B. A.        White Conquest (An Epic of Antarctica).        New York: Privately Printed for the Author,  1934, 1st edition limited to 270 numbered copies.   103pp. + 2 leaves. Very good.  Octavo in original blue cloth with frontispiece by Hilton Mirkinson and decorations by Ben Lapper.  Complete with the original box with the wrap around titling and testimonials.  The box is somewhat tattered but complete.   

Rosove 1139; Spence 581.  Inscribed by the author to Edward Rosendahl on the frontis illustration.   Poetry, inspired by Byrd's first Antarctic expedition. Very Scarce especially in the original box. 





Herbert, Wally.        Across the Top of the World. The British Trans-Arctic Expedition.        London: Longmans, #582-10801-2,  1969, 1st English Edition. (Hardcover)  vii,[5],209pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Blue cloth. Map; 49 plates from photos. A clean, handsome copy.   

Account of four-man expedition which traveled by dog-team across the Arctic Ocean from Point Barrow, Alaska to Svalbard via the North Pole, 1968-69.  Boldly signed by Herbert on the title page.  Herbert was the first person to reach the north pole over the ice that could be verified. 





[Hudson's Bay Company].        Statement of the Hudson's Bay Company, 1857.        London: Printed by Henry Kent Causton, Nag's Head, Gracechurch,  1857, 1st Edition.   13pp. Fine.  Folio, sewn as issued, in original printed blue wrappers.   

Not in TPL, Sabin, Peel, Casey, Lande, Gagnon or NUC. A chronological summary of significant facts and occurrences in the history of the Company, from 1670 to 1853, in a series of brief statements, with appropriate dates in large black type in the adjacent margins, commencing with the Charter of King Charles the Second. The last three entries read: 1846 - in 1846, Dr. Rae, the Company's Surgeon at Moose Factory, at the head of a party of twelve men, wintered in Repulse Bay; and in the next year surveyed almost 655 miles of land and coasts on the shore of Committee Bay.; 1848 - 1850 - in 1848 Dr. Rae accompanied Sir John Richardson in his search for Franklin; and in 1850 led an Expedition by Great Bear Lake and the Coppermine River to the shores of the Arctic; 630 miles of coast on the southern shores of Victoria and Wollaston lands were surveyed, traced and accurately laid down. 1853 - in 1853 Dr. Rae again wintered on Repulse Bay with a party of seven men, having, as before, no fuel for cooking; 1,100 miles of land coast were explored in that season, and definite intelligence of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his party was obtained. Few labourers in the cause of science have done or suffered more than this gallant Officer of the Company. The expense of these Expeditions, and the assistance rendered to Sir John Ross in 1850, have cost the company very large sums of money. The whole of the North Coast of the American Continent, with the exception of a small portion of one hundred and fifty miles not yet accurately surveyed, has been carefully examined by the Officers of the Company. Indeed, but for the Fur Trade and its Adventurers, the greater part of the vast district north of the Canadas would still be a profitless and unknown region. 




Hyde, Alexander, Baldwin, Rev. A.C., and Gage, Rev. W.L.        The Frozen Zone  and Its Explorers:  A Comprehensive History of Voyages, Travels, Adventures, Disasters, and Discoveries in the Arctic Regions, Including Recent German and Swedish Expeditions: Captain Nare's English Expedition: Prof. Nordendskiold's Discovery of a North-East Passage; The Sailing of the Jeannette, Etc.  With Graphic Delineations of Life and Nature in the Realms of Frost.        Hartford, Conn.: R.W. Bliss & Company,  1880, 2nd With additional material.   xv,834 pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original gilt stamped green cloth.  Additional engraved title page.  Frontis.  Over 175 engravings including full page and in-text.  Folding map.  Edges a bit dust soiled otherwise a clean bright copy.   

A.B. 7619  One of a number of 19th century popular subscription titles that were issued to capitalize on the many exploring expeditions.  Seems quite scarce and more difficult to find a nice copy.  See colour illustration. 





Jenkins, J.S.        Recent Exploring Expeditions in the Pacific, and the South Seas, Under the American, English, and French Governments.        London: T. Nelson and Sons,  1853, 1st Edition.   viii,508,(5) pp. Very good.  Small octavo.  Original gilt stamped red cloth.  Original yellow coated endpapers and booksellers ticket.  Extra engraved title page and frontis illustration.  Top edge somewhat dust soiled but overall a very clean attractive copy.   

Rosove 1155.  A chapter details various Antarctic expeditions including Dumont d'Urville, James Ross and the Wilkes expedition.  See colour illustration. 






Jenness, Stuart E.        Arctic Odyssey   the Diary of Diamond Jenness, Ethnologist with the Canadian Arctic Expedition in Northern Alaska and Canada, 1913-1916.        Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, #0-662-12905-1,  1991, 1st Edition.   xliii,859 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo.  208 illustrations and figures in text.  An almost new copy in the original pictorial wrapper.   

This very extensive annotated narrative gives great early insight into the activities of the one of Canada's greatest ethnologist's and arctic explorer's.  The copy of William Wonders with his stamp on the front free endpaper. 




Jones, A.G.E.        Antarctica Observed. Who Discovered the Antarctic Continent? (Signed).        Whitby, Yorkshire: Caedmon of Whitby, #0-905355-25-3,  1982, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  5p.l.,118pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Plates and maps.  Laid in loosely is a small publishers catalogue.   

Mr. Jones was one of the great 20th century polar historians.  Although a little eccentric, he did not sign a lot of books and was quite reclusive. 





King, Richard.        Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in 1833, 1834, and 1835; Under the Command of Capt. Back, R.N.        London: Richard Bentley,  1836, 1st Edition.   xv,(2),312; viii,321pp. Very good.  Small Octavo.  Bound in modern full polished calf. Gilt rules to edges.  Marbled endpapers. Gilt spine with two tone labels. Half title in volume one.  Frontispiece in each volume.  One other single page illustration.  One full page map.  A very attractive clean copy.   

Arctic Biblio. 8708. L.R. Wager's copy with his signature on the half title of volume one.     the first edition bound in two volumes is much scarcer than the later issue of the book bound in one.  King's narrative is considerably rarer than Back's account of their expedition down the Great Fish River.  See colour image. 





Kirk, Rev. & Mrs. James Wollaston.        Pioneer Life in the Yukon Valley Alaska.        New York: Privately Printed,  1935, 1st Edition.   88 pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original yellow printed wrappers.  6 pages of illustrations.  2 page folding map.  Minor soiling otherwise a very nice copy.   

Not in Wickersham, Tourville, and not found in COPAC.  Rare.  The Rev. Kirk and his wife describe their time at the mission situated in the Yukon Valley at Eagle Alaska.  Mrs. Kirk passed away in 1903

and this volume was published many years later.  As Eagle was just down stream from Dawson on the Yukon river there is Klondike content. 





Kobalenko, Jerry.        The Horizontal Everest: Extreme Journeys on Ellesmere Island.        Toronto: Penguin Viking, #0-670-89434-6,  1977, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  xvi,277pp. Fine in fine dust jacket.  Octavo in original two-toned grey cloth with illustrations in text from photos and drawings (maps). Signed by author on title page.     Signed by Jerry Kobalenko.

A well written and readable account of the authors adventures exploring Ellesmere Island. 




Koldeway, Captain.        The German Arctic Expedition of 1869-70, and Narrative of the Wreck of the " Hansa " in the Ice.        London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle,  1874, 1st English Translation. (Hardcover)  viii,590pp. Very good.  Octavo in original decorated green cloth with beveled edges and original brown endpapers, two steel engraved portraits, four chromolithographed plates (including frontispiece), woodcut plates and illustrations in text and two coloured maps (one folding - at end). Some scattered light foxing, mostly near the front, else attractive clean copy.  Interesting old lending library label on front pastedown.   

AB 9024. Account of the voyage of the 'Germania' to the East Greenland coast and the loss of the 'Hansa'. 





Lauridsen, Peter.        Vitus Bering: The Discoverer of Bering Strait. Revised by the Author, and Translated from the Danish by Julius E. Olson. With an Introduction to the American Edition by Frederick Schwatka.        Chicago: S. C. Griggs & Company,  1889, 1st American Edition of English Translation. (Hardcover)  xvi,223pp. Very good.  Small octavo.   Bound in original brown decorated cloth.  Two folding maps pasted to the front and rear paste down.  Two illustrations in text.  A very attractive copy.   

Not in AB.  This copy inscribed and dated by the author on the blank front endpaper. 




Lefroy, Captain J.H. and Richardson, Sir John.        Magnetical and Meteorological Observations at Lake Athabasca and Fort Simpson... And at Fort Confidence, in Great Bear Lake  Printed by Order.        London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,  1855, 1st Edition.   xiv,391pp. Very good.  Original brown patterned boards, respined, at an early date with matching cloth.  Top edge untrimmed.   Corners a bit worn.  In-text illustrations.  Folding diagram.  Overall an attractive copy.   

Arctic Biblio. 9840.  Very Scarce this being only the second copy I have seen in 25 years.  With the presentation inscription  "For Kew Observatory from the Government."  with the bookplate of the University of London on the front pastedown and an old rubber stamp of the British  Association on the title page.  There are no other library markings.  Lefroy was the surveyor that taught John Rae the surveying trade. 




Lefroy, John Henry.        In Search of the Magnetic North. A Soldier-Surveyor's Letters from the North-West 1843-1844.        Toronto: MacMillan Company of Canada,  1955, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  xxviii,[2],171pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Frontispiece. Original brown cloth with gilt decoration on front cover and gilt lettering on spine. Endpaper maps. Small open and closed tears to edges of dust jacket.     Edited By George F. G. Stanley.

These letters which now are in the National Archives of Canada are the only written record of Lefroy's travels in the North-West as his journals were lost in 1846.




Liljequist, Gosta H.        High Latitudes. A History of Swedish Polar Travels and Research.        Stockholm: Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, #91-7886-102-0,  1993, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  608pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Quarto in original blue cloth  with illustrations from photos and drawings (including maps).   

History of Swedish polar exploration from 1758. 




Lofthouse, Rev. J.A.        A Thousand Miles from a Post Office or, Twenty Years' Life and Travel in the Hudson's Bay Region.        London: S.P.C.K.,  1922, 1st Edition.   vii,184pp. Very good.  Octavo in original green cloth, spine slightly sunned with frontispiece portrait and 8 plates from photos and folding map.   

Arctic Bibl. 10307 - "Account of sledge and canoe trips... In the southern Hudson Bay and James Bay regions, 1882-1902. Includes record of travel in the Barren Grounds, and north to Chesterfield Inlet, with notes on the Eskimos.". 




M'lean, John.        Notes of a Twenty-Five Years' Service in the Hudson's Bay Territory.        London: Richard Bentley,  1849, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  xii,[13]-308;vii,[9]-328pp. Very good.  Octavo 2 volumes in 1 in original blindstamped red cloth with gilt lettered and decorated spine and original yellow endpapers. Very minor wear to extremities else a nice clean copy.   

Peel 129; TPL 2729. Account by a Hudson's Bay Company trader's service, in Labrador, Ungava, the Pacific Northwest and the MacKenzie district during the years from 1821-45. M' Lean provides valuable information about the native inhabitants their manners and customs and their relationship with the HBC Company. 




MacKenzie, Alexander.        Voyages from Montreal on the River St Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; in the Years 1789 and 1793. With a Preliminary Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Fur Trade of That Country.        London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, Strand; Cobbett and Morgan, Pall,  1801, 1st Edition.   viii,cxxxii,412pp. + errata leaf (at end). Very good.  Quarto (22.8 X 29.5 CM)  Original paper cover boards.  Original spine label.  Completely uncut.  Spine has a vertical split running down the middle.  Front and rear joint both split but still held by the cords and quite sound.  Half title.  Title page with the usual offsetting of the portrait.  Page edges are a bit ragged and soiled.   Engraved frontispiece portrait and 3 folding maps. Housed in a modern green chemise. An almost totally unsophisticated copy.   

Peel 25. Wagner-Camp 1.1, Howes M133. Sabin 43414.  Presentation copy inscribed on the half title (as MacKenzie usually did), the book is signed from the author and presented to John Ferdyce?  Classic travel narrative with a preface followed by 132 pages on the history of the fur trade. According to the D.N.B. The "Voyages" was compiled by William Combe from Mackenzie's notes. Includes vocabularies of the Kristeneaux, Algonquin, Chepewyan, Nagailer, and Atnah Indian languages.  Presentation copies of Mackenzie's Voyage are very scarce especially in such fine condition. See rear cover for illustrations. 




Markham, Captain Albert Hastings.        Life of Sir John Franklin and the North-West Passage.        London: George Phillip & Son,  1891, 1st Edition.   xii,324pp. +[4]p (publisher's ads dated May, 1891). Very good.  Small Octavo in original brown cloth and brown-coated endpapers with ten plates (including portrait frontispiece and facsimile), illustrations in text, and four colour maps (two folding).  Minor restoration to the top of the spine and rear endpaper.  Overall an attractive copy.   

A.B. 10929. Includes accounts of Franklin's first arctic voyage with Capt. Buchan, 1818 in search of the North Pole via West Spitsbergen, his two Canadian overland expeditions and his last voyage in 1845-7.  Series: World's Great Explorers and Exploration.





Markham, Sir Clements R.        The Voyages of William Baffin, 1612-1622.        London: Hakluyt Society,  1881, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  ix,192 pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Copper plate frontis port, 9 maps, five on one sheet and one large coloured. Original gilt & blindstamped blue cloth. Many pages are untrimmed on the top edge.  Spine just a touch darkened otherwise a very attractive copy.   

Volume LXIII of the original series.  Scarce especially so in this condition.  See colour image. 




Mawson, Douglas.        Antarctic Exploration  in the Empire Club of Canada Addresses.        London: J.M Dent & Sons,  1915, 1st printing.   xv,222 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Small octavo.  Original red gilt stamped red cloth.  8 portrait illustrations.   Original grey printed wrapper.  A very attractive copy scarce in the wrapper.   

Not in any of the standard bibliographies.  Mawson addressed the Empire Club of Canada on January 22, 1915 and his talk is reprinted in their annual volume on pages 35-43.  There is a fine portrait of Mawson at the front of the article. 





Mawson, Sir Douglas.        The Home of the Blizzard. Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914.        Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company,  [1915], 1st American Edition. (Hardcover)  xxx,348;xiii,338pp. Very good.  In two volumes Quarto. Two photogravure plates (frontispieces), twenty-one coloured plates, B&W plates from photos, illustrations (including maps), and three folding maps in rear pocket (vol. II.). A clean attractive copy. The first US Edition bound from the sheets printed in England.  This edition bears some variation in the illustrations.   

Rosove 217 A2, variant c. Spence 773. Account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914 led by Douglas Mawson. Shore parties wintered at Cape Denison and on the Shackleton Ice Shelf.  The former base was unfortunately located in an area of constant gale-force winds -- hence the title. In December 1912 a sledge party reached the South Magnetic Pole, located by Eric Webb.  Meanwhile another party, consisting of Mawson, Ninnis and Mertz explored eastwards across George V Land. Only Mawson returned to base, Ninnis having fallen down a crevasse and Mertz having died of starvation and complications. The expedition would discover 1,320 miles of land, including the Mertz, Denman, and Scott Glaciers, and the Davis Sea, and map 800 miles of coastline between Gaussberg and Cape Adare, all along the Adelie Land coast and beyond. 




Melville, George W.  Edited by Melville Philips.        In The Lena Delta a Narrative of the Search for Lieut.-Commander Delong and His Companions  Followed by an Account of the Greely Relief Expedition and a Proposed Method of Reaching the North Pole.        London: Longmans, Green and Co.,  1885, 1st UK Edition.   xiii,(3),497 pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original blue-grey decorated cloth.  Coated brown endpapers.  Frontis port. Of Melville.  15 illustrations.  4 maps all folding.   

Arctic Biblio. 11239  the book details Melville's, who was the engineer, account of the tragic story of the Jeannette expedition.  This first UK edition is much scarcer than the American. 




[Moore, Thomas 1779-1852].        A Canadian Boat Song  (Sheet Music).        Boston: G. Graupner,  [circa 1815], 1st printing.  Very good.  Single page (23 X 33 cm.) printed on thick paper. Somewhat soiled and stained more so on the edges.  A couple of old tears professionally repaired.   

National Archives of Canada date their copy to about 1815.  Thomas Moore, the Irish born poet traveled in Canada and was undoubtedly inspired to write this by the early voyageur's.  Scarce early fur trade ephemera. 




Moseley, H. N.        Notes by a Naturalist on the "Challenger," Being an Account of Various Observations Made During the Voyage of H.M.S. "Challenger" Round the World, in the Years 1872-1876, Under the Commands of Capt. Sir G. S. Nares, R.N., ... And Capt. F. T. Thomson, R.N.        London: MacMillan and Co.,  1879, 1st edition.   xvi,620pp. Very good.  Octavo in original brown cloth , gilt top edge and coated black endpapers with two coloured lithograph plates (including frontispiece), woodcut illustrations in text and folding coloured map (at end). Some minor wear to extremities with bookplates of previous owners on front endpapers and some scattered light foxing.   

An account of the zoology and natural history discovered by the



naturalist Henry Nottidge Moseley (1844-1891) on the Royal Society sponsored 'Challenger' expedition to  primarily the Southern Hemisphere and Antarctica. 




Ogilvie, William.        Early Days on the Yukon & the Story of Its Gold Finds.        Ottawa: Thorburn & Abbott,  1913, 1st Edition.   xii,306pp. Near fine.  Small Octavo in original gilt lettered red cloth with plates (including frontispiece portrait) from photos.   

   Tourville 3391.




Osborn, Captain Sherard.        The Career, Last Voyage, and Fate of Captain Sir John Franklin.        London: Bradbury and Evans,  1860, 1st Edition.   vi,(2),111,(1). Very good.  16 mo. (17.5 cm.) Original decorated and printed paper covered boards.  Frontispiece.  7 full page illustrations.  Portrait of Franklin on the title page and front board.  3 partial page maps in text and one full page map.  Single partila page illustration on the last page.  Boards are somewhat soiled and the spine has been renewed.  The contents are generally very clean and free of foxing.   

Arctic Biblio. 12893  This very scarce, brief biography of Franklin details his career, last voyage and the search for him.  Reprinted in the collected edition of Osborn's works but without title page and plates.  See colour illustration.




Parry, Ann.        Parry of the Arctic. The Life Story of Admiral Sir Edward Parry 1790-1855.        London: Chatto & Windus,  1963, 1st edition. (Hardcover)  240pp. Very good.  Octavo in original turquoise cloth and dust jacket with plates and illustrations in text (maps), and folding map (at rear). Small chips to edges of dust jacket.   

William Edward Parry's great, great, granddaughter gives a very readable account of her famous relative often able to draw on important family papers for details. 




Peary, Robert E.        Admiral Robert E. Peary; Discovery of the Pole  (33 RPM Recording).        New York: Rare Records Incorporated,  [circa 1960].  Very good.  Seven inch vinyl, 33 RPM record.  Pressed only on one side.  Decorative label on each side.  Original yellow decorated sleeve.   Appears to be in excellent condition.   

H 612  Part of the Voices from the Past series which "re-creates in your home the genius of the world's Greatest Personalities."   This particular record "Personally narrates the dangers, hardships, and thrilling experiences of his history making exploration of the North Pole."   Seems to by quite scarce.  See illustration. 





Peary, Robert E.        Reception and Banquet Tendered the Distinguished Explorer Commander Robert E. Peary U.S.N.  By the Citizens of Portland and South Portland at the Falmouth Hotel, Portland Maine.        Portland: Board of Trade,  1909, 1st printing.   4 pp. Near fine.  Tall octavo.  Original green printed decorated wrappers.  Silver glitter inlay to front wrapper.  Small vignette illustration at the top of each page.  Minor soiling and aging but a very attractive copy.   

This is a wonderful and quite elaborate menu was for attendees at the banquet.  The menu included Esquimaux Potatoes, Peary frozen punch and North Pole ices.  Many local dignitaries spoke including Peary himself.  Prime arctic ephemera.  See colour image. 





Polar Medal.        Miniature Polar Medal (Queen Elizabeth II Issue).        London: Great Britain,  [circa 1953].  Near fine.  Silver octagon 17 MM across. Original suspender.  Original white ribbon.  Some surface tarnishing otherwise a very nice example.   

Upon consulting Poulson's book "The White Ribbon" we see there are two issues of the QII example.  This would appear to be the second issue or the 7th type.  Where the full sized medals of this period are named the miniatures are not.  Since there have been very few polar expeditions after 1950 it makes this quite a scarce issue.  See colour illustration. 




Richardson, Sir John.        The Polar Regions.        London: Adam and Charles Black,  1861, 1st Edition.   ix,[3],383pp. Very good.  Octavo in original indigo blindstamped cloth New endpapers. Folding map. Map a bit worn and foxed. Generally a clean copy with Armorial bookplate on front pastedown.   

AB 14501. Polar Discoveries up to the Franklin search expeditions ending in 1859. 




[Riefenstahl, Leni].        S.O.S. Eisberg.        Berlin: Deutsche Universal Film,  [circa 1933], 1st printed edition.   8 pp. Very good.  Original printed wrappers.  Mostly illustrations with a small text block on each page.  Several pages have a professional repair to an old tear.   

                       Advertising brochure for the Film S.O.S. Eisberg (S.O.S. Iceberg).  This early U.S./German co-produced film was directed by Arnold Fanck and starred the German beauty Leni Riefenstahl.  The production was partially filmed in Greenland and many of the images show great northern scenes including: icebergs, Inuit people, and polar bears.  Very scarce ephemera related to early photography in the north.  See colour image. 






Robinson, Bradley.        Dark Companion. The Life Story of Matthew Henson First of All Great Negro Explorers.        London: Hodder & Stoughton,  1948, 1st English Edition. (Hardcover)  256pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated with plates from photos. Original blue cloth with black lettering on spine in dust jacket. Endpaper maps. Open and closed tears to edges of dust jacket. Previous owner's small rubber stamp on front pastedown and back endpaper. Small mark to top edge of p. 7.   





Rogers, Robert Major.        A Concise Account of North America: Containing a Description of Several British Colonies on That Continent, Including the Islands of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, &C...Also of the Interior or Westerly Parts.        London: J. Millan,  1765, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  vii, [1], 264pp. Very good.  Octavo. In contemporary full leather with red leather title, gilt lettering and rules, raised bands.  Rebacked, some rubbing to extremities.  Some very light staining and toning.  With armorial bookplate of Robert King Rogers, 5th generation, signature of A. A. Rogers [R. K. Rogers wife], and ink signature of Robert H. Rogers.  Bookplate of Frank S. Streeter.   

Frank Streeter copy.  The companion to the journals of the famed ranger of the French and Indian wars.  "Based largely on personal knowledge, this was the first geographical account of the American

interior after England had wrested it from France, and, aside from those by Pittman and Hutchins, the most accurate of the period." (Lande 761).  Howes 8740.  A handsome copy which was in the author's family for 200 years. 




Saint-Pierre, Marjolaine  Translated by William Barr.        Joseph-Elzear Bernier  Champion of Canadian Arctic Sovereignty   1852-1934.        Montreal: Baraka Books, #978-0-9812405-4-1,  2009, 1st hard cover edition. (Hardcover)  371pp. Fine.  Small quarto.  16 maps.  Numerous black and white photographs throughout.   

Signed by the author and translator.  This new work on Bernier described his critical part in Canada's claim to Arctic Sovereignty. 




Salgari, Emilio.        Au Pole Sud a Bicyclette.        Paris: Librairie Ch. Delagrave,  [circa 1908], 2nd Edition.   240 pp. Good to very good.  Tall octavo.  Original blue cloth with pictorial front board.  Illustrated spine.  Beveled boards. All edges gilt.  Title page vignette.  Numerous intext illustrations.  Paper quite heavily browned as usual.  Front board and spine have minor abrasion and wear but still very attractive.   

Illustrations by Cazenove and  Fontanez.  Wonderful fictional travels in the Jules Verne tradition.  I can just see Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton on the bicycle now!  See colour illustration. 






[Scott, Robert F.].        L'aventure Sans Retour  (L'odyssee Du Captaine Scott)  (Scott of the Antarctic)  Movie Poster.        Paris: Arthur Rank,  [circa 1948].  Near fine.  Tall movie poster (23.2 X 62 CM unfolded) which opens vertically revealing a summary of the film and several other images.  Printed in two colours.  The rear of the poster has four other images and the film credits.  Several small closed tears otherwise in very nice condition.   

This is the poster for the French issue of Scott of the Antarctic starring John Mills and Diana Churchill as Kathleen Scott.  Although the film was woefully inaccurate, John Mills performance and the great cinematography makes it a must see film.  This poster is not as spectacular as the British versions still an attractive bit of Scott ephemera.  See colour illustration.





Scott, Robert F.        Savage Club Welcome Home Dinner to the Officers of the National Antarctic Expedition Saturday Nov. 5th, 1904   W.E. Smith in the Chair   Signed by Scott and Five Other Members of the Expedition.        London: Savage Club,  1904.  Very good.  Single image printed on heavy card stock.   Menu for the dinner printed on the reverse.  Image has minor to moderate foxing with a few small spots of surface abrasion, this mostly visible in the blank margin.  The rear of the menu has some minor soiling.   

The Savage Club, one of the Gentlemen's Clubs in London, is noted for producing these very graphic menus.  Such other notables as Nansen and Stanley have been honoured with Dinners.  Our menu is signed in the top left hand corner by the following  members of the expedition:  R.F. Scott, Reginald Koettlitz, R.W. Skelton, H.T. Ferrar, Lieut. Mulock, and L.C. Bernacchi.  The Wonderful image shows a sled being pulled by a polar bear stopped in front of the Savage Club and being greeted by several African gentlemen.  Several of the signatures are a bit faded but overall are quite clear and distinct.  Framed, the menu would make a wonderful addition to the library.  See colour illustration.





Seaver, George.        Edward Wilson of the Antarctic. Naturalist and Friend.        London: John Murray,  1933, 1st edition. (Hardcover)  xxxiv,299pp. Very good.  Octavo. Colour frontispiece portrait from painting by Hugh G. Riviere, 23 listed plates, and 3 maps (1 folding). Original blue cloth.  With the bookplate of Robert Garmondsway Wrightson.    

Rosove 296.B1.a.  Tipped onto the rear paste down is a  two page letter dated Nov. 17 1933 and addressed to Wrightson from L.C. Bernacchi.  The letter has good Antarctic content mentioning Seaver's book and Bernacchi's trips. 





Seebohm, Henry.        Siberia in Asia: A Visit to the Valley of the Yenesay in East Siberia with Description of the Natural History, Migration of Birds, Etc.        London: John Murray,  1882, 1st Edition.   xviii,304pp. + 32pp. (Publisher's catalogue dated January, 1882). Very good.  Small Octavo (approximately 21cm tall) in original  gilt lettered illustrated salmon colour cloth and coated black endpapers, with engraved illustrations in text and folding map. Spine a bit darkened with some minor rubbing.   

Arctic Bibl. 15674. Henry Seebohm (1832-1895) was an English steel manufacturer, and amateur ornithologist, zoologist and traveler. The second of two books on  his natural history expeditions to the Yenisey tundra of Siberia which were reprinted in one volume as "The Birds of Siberia," 1901.  See colour image. 




Seebohm, Henry.        Siberia in Europe:  A Visit to the Valley of the Petchora, in North-East Russia;  With Descriptions of the Natural History, Migration of Birds, Etc.        London: John Murray,  1880, 1st Edition.   xv,311 plus 32 pages of ads. Very good, no dust jacket.  Small Octavo (approximately 21cm tall) in original  gilt lettered illustrated blue cloth and coated black endpapers, with engraved illustrations in text and folding map. Spine a bit faded with some minor rubbing.   

Arctic Bibl. 15675. Henry Seebohm (1832-1895) was an English steel manufacturer, and amateur ornithologist, zoologist and traveler. The  second of two books on  his natural history expeditions to the Yenisey tundra of Siberia which were reprinted in one volume as "The Birds of Siberia," 1901.  See colour image. 





Senard, Jean.        Charcot  Explorateur Des Mers Polaires.        Grenoble: Dardelet,  1944, 1st printing.   (28) pp. Very good.  Quarto.  Original decorated paper covered boards with blue cloth spine.  Decorated end papers with polar illustrations.  Extensively illustrated with colour illustrations.   Minor wear to the board extremities otherwise a very nice copy.   

Great children's book on Charcot that interestingly came out during the second world war!  Scarce in this first edition.  See colour image. 





Shields, Rev. Charles W.        Funeral Eulogy at the Obsequies of Dr. E. K. Kane. Delivered in the Second Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia.        Philadelphia: Parry and McMillan,  1857, 1st edition.   34p. +[2]p. ads. Very good.  Duodecimal.   Original black straight grain cloth stiff boards.  Spine has been professionally renewed.  Very slight bit of chipping to exterior edges.  A very nice copy of a fragile item.   

Not in AB.   Very scarce bit of Kane ephemera referenced on page 205 of the Villarejo biography of Kane. 





Shillinglaw, John J.        A Narrative of Arctic Discovery,  from the Earliest Period Tot He Present Time.  With the Details of the Measures Adopted by Her Majesty's Government for the Relief of the Expedition Under Sir John Franklin.        London: William Shoberl,  1850, 1st Edition.   xx,348 pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original gilt stamped blue cloth.  Frontis portrait of Franklin.  Two folding maps in the pocket in the front board.  Frontis has a bit of print through from

the inscription on the reverse.  Frontis a bit foxed with offsetting to the title page

otherwise a clean attractive copy.   

Arctic Biblio. 15909  Very scarce Search for Franklin title.  A second edition was issued the year later. 





Stacey, John F. and Mrs. John A. Davis.        To Alaska for Gold.        Massachusetts ?: N P,  [circa 1916], 1st privately printed.   70pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original printed wrappers.  4 full page illustrations.  An almost new copy.   

Not in Tourville, Wickersham, or Arctic Biblio., with two copies located at the National Library of Canada and the University of Alberta.  Reprinted in 1973 by the Ye Galleon Press in an edition of 300 copies.  The author joined the Moulton Klondike Company and made a trip with the other 11 members of the group to the Klondike.  Rare! 





Stewart, Barry Deane.        Drake's Dilema; A Novel.        Victoria: Trafford Publishing, #978-1-4269-1648-9,  2009, 1st Edition. (Softcover)  (xiv) 220pp. Fine.  Octavo.  Tan wrappers with image of Sir Francis Drake superimposed on vintage map. 6 Illustrations of historic maps.   

A riveting bibio-mystery revolving around Sir Francis Drake's historic voyage around the world in the 1570s and a modern-day antiquarian book collector's secret dilemma.  These are the very first copies of the Calgary-based artist's first novel.  A great book about books.  Signed by the author. 




Stokes, Frank Wilbert.        Arctic and Antarctic Paintings.        New York: ,  1925-1926, 1st printing. (Wrappers)  16pp. Very good.  Original printed wrappers, string tied.  One tipped in colour illustration and 15 black and white tipped in illustrations.  Minor soiling, otherwise a very nice copy.   

Very early scarce catalogue of Stokes' work listing a total of 170 items.  Roald Amundsen gave an address at the opening of the exhibition. 






Suzyumov, E. M.        A Life Given to the Antarctic. Douglas Mawson - Antarctic Explorer.        Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia,  1968, 1st Edition thus. (Hardcover)  x,60(1)pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo.Frontis. Port, 2 plates, 2 folded maps.   

Not in Spence. The Russian view of the life & work of Mawson. Scarce.  The Russian edition was published in 1960. 





Truett, Joe C.     (editor)--   The Natural History of an Arctic Oil Field. Development and the Biota.        San Diego: Academic Press, #0-12-701235-4,  2000, 1st edition.   xvi,422pp. Fine.  Octavo. Illustrated with coloured photo, graphs and charts. Original pictorial boards.  Co-editor Stephen R. Johnson. 

Synthesis of the arctic area and the effects of the arctic oil field on wildlife and the arctic ecosystem. 





Tyrrell, James W.        Across the Sub-Arctics of Canada. A Journey of 3,200 Miles by Canoe and Snowshoe Through the Hudson Bay Region. Including a List of Plants Collected on the Way, a Vocabulary of Eskimo Words, and a Map Showing the Route of the Expedition.        Toronto: William Briggs,  1908, 3rd edition Revised and Enlarged.   viii,9-280 pp. Near fine.  Octavo in original pictorial green cloth.  Plates (including frontispiece portrait) from photos taken on the journey and illustrations from drawings by Arthur Heming. Folding map of route.  A clean very bright copy.   

AB 18137.  A classic overland travel narrative of a Canadian Geological Survey in 1893 sent out to make a exploratory survey of the interior of the Keewatin District. Joseph Burr and brother James William set out from Edmonton traveling via the Athabasca River and Lake Athabasca to Black Lake, traveling north by canoe, they followed the Chipman River to Selwyn and Wholdaia Lakes, then continued down the Dubawnt River to Dubawnt Lake discovering Barlow, Carey and Markham Lakes in the process. They explored the area for a week searching for the outlet of the Dubawnt River, before continuing on through Baker Inlet to Chesterfield Inlet discovering  Grant Lake, the mouth of Chamberlain River, Wharton Lake, Aberdeen Lake, and Schultz Lake on the way. On September 13, they left Chesterfield Inlet for home traveling down the west coast of Hudson Bay to Churchill, and from there overland by snowshoe to Winnipeg arriving on January 2, 1894.  Interestingly, there doesn't appear to have been a second edition after the first of 1897.  See color image. 





Uminski, W.        Au Pole Sud En Ballon  Adapte Du Polonais.        Paris: Ancienne Librairie Furne Combet & Cie,  [circa 1880], 1st Edition.   vii,9-243,(2) pp. Very good.  Folio.  Original red cloth with heavily decorated front board.  72 engravings including full page.  All edges gilt.  Paper a bit browned as usual.  Minor soiling to boards.  Spine a bit faded.   

Wonderful 19th century French novel in the style of Jules Verne complete with the usual mistake of putting polar bears at the south pole.    Very attractive, see front cover. 






Wade, M.S.        MacKenzie of Canada the Life and Adventures of Alexander MacKenzie, Discoverer.        Edinburgh: William Blackwood & Sons,  1927, 1st Edition.   xii332 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Endpaper map.  Frontis.  8 illustrations.  3 full page maps.  Fore edge untrimmed.  A very attractive copy in a like dust wrapper.   

The first detailed study of MacKenzie and his travels. 




Wamsley, Douglas W.        Polar Hayes the Life and Contributions of Isaac Israel Hayes, M.D.        Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, #978-0-87169-262-7,  2009, 1st Edition.   xiv,574 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original brown cloth boards.  7 maps.  63 figures and illustrations.  Pictorial dust wrapper.   

A new extensively researched, scholarly biography of Isaac Hayes, the American 19th century arctic explorer.  See colour image. 




Webster, W. H. B.        Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the Years 1828, 29, 30, Performed in H.M. Sloop Chanticleer, Under the Command of the Late Captain Henry Foster, F.R.S.        London: Richard Bentley,  1834, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  xi,[1],399;viii,398pp. Very good.  Two volumes Octavo. 5 engraved plates, tables, and 2 maps (1 folding). Half tan calf and brown cloth boards; plates slightly toned with some browning to adjacent leaves, bookplate on front pastedowns and bookseller's ticket on inside.   

NMM-1 #341.  Narrative of the voyage from the private journal of scientist William Henry Bayley Webster who served as surgeon onboard the sloop commissioned by the Admiralty under the command of English Captain Henry Foster (1796-1831), undertaken for the purpose  of investigating scientific problems in navigation, meteorology and oceanography. 




Wyld, James.        Chart of the Arctic Regions from the Admiralty Surveys.        London: James Wyld Geographer to the Queen,  1875.  Very good.  Folding pocket map showing a polar projection of the area north of 60 degrees.  Coast lines hand coloured in outline.  The map is 43 X 43 CM in size and folds down into the original case of 9 X 15 CM in size.  Original printed and manuscript label on outside of case.  The map shows some minor soiling and offsetting otherwise is in very nice condition.   

Separately produced maps of the arctic are very scarce. 





Updated February 25, 2010