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Catalogue 213                                     Fall 2013



Box 75035, Cambrian Postal Outlet

Calgary, AB T2K 6J8




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


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Dear Polar Collectors:

    Welcome to our second catalogue for 2013. We have tried as always to include a varied grouping of items relating to both poles and the Klondike. Highlights include: an almost complete set of the Cheyne, Search for Franklin Stereos; a wonderful archive of material that relates to Elliott and the Pribilof Islands; One of the first published accounts of Cook’s Third Voyage; some interesting Klondike letters and posters; and a touching letter from Emily Shackleton. We will be exhibiting at the following fairs in 2014:
    Feb 1-2 San Francisco Book and Paper show at Fort Mason
    Feb 7-9 California International Antiquarian Fair Pasadena
    May 22-24 London International Antiquarian Book Fair Olympia
As always if there is anything you would like to see in person, we would be happy to bring it along to any of the above fairs. We feel we have upped our photo quality in this catalogue as well and have also changed the paper to non gloss which we feel is an improvement.
We have also just issued a list of Robert Service material. Some of you have been sent this list but if you have not received a copy please let us know and we would be happy to send you one. Our next polar catalogue will be out prior to the London fair in May.

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Norge Vinterbillede [Norwegian Winter Images].        Kunstforlag: Mittet & Co., 1914, 1st Edition.   30 leaves. Very good.  Oblong folio.  Original highly decorated purple wrappers with snowy scene in silver and black of two skiers. Advertisement to rear wrapper. A few spots of discolouration to front wrapper and some minimal, discrete professional restoration to head and tail of spine and corners. Gift inscription to title page. Tissue guards age-toned, else internally clean. A few nicks to the first few pages archivally repaired.

An excellent copy of an interesting ephemeral Norwegian item with photographs of picturesque winter scenes. Includes winter landscape scenes, snow-capped mountains, and photos of skiers. With beautiful wrappers and decorative colour title page.





Abrahall, Chandos Hoskyns.        Arctic Enterprise.  A Poem, in Seven Parts.        London: Hope & Co., 1856, 1st Edition.   (8),216pp. Near fine.  Small octavo.  Original deep blue patterned cloth boards.  Original yellow coated endpapers.  Top edge a bit soiled.  A very clean crisp copy.

Rare!  Not in the Arctic Biblio. The only copy we have ever had for sale.  The poem itself is 138 pages long with 70 pages of historical notes describing many aspects of the Search for Franklin.  There is also a 2 page list of expeditions in Search of Sir John Franklin and a four page list of subscribers listing many of the major names of the day.




Adams, Arthur; William Balfour Baikie; Charles Barron.        A Manual of Natural History for the Use of Travellers; Being a Description of the Families of the Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms: With Remarks on the Practical Study of Geology and Meteorology to Which Are Appended Directions for Collecting and Preserving.        London: John Van Voorst, 1854, 1st Edition. viii,749pp. Very good.  Octavo. Publisher's maroon cloth with blind stamped decorations to front board and spine. Gilt titles to spine. Light shelfwear to edges of boards. Internally tight and clean. A nice, bright copy.

A large, comprehensive manual of natural history, arranged taxonomically with descriptions of each family of organisms. With sections on insects, fishes, mammals, birds and flowering plants, etc. Also includes instructions for preserving the organisms collected. An interesting manual, intended for use by travelers. Issued during the height of the Search for Franklin expeditions, this book may have been taken North by those searching for relics and collecting natural history samples at the same time.




[Alaska Highway] Haines Cut-Off Highway.        The Last P.I. Of the Last Traverse on the Haines Cut-Off Highway [Printed Drawing Commemorating the Completion of the Haines Highway Signed by Approximately 60 Men].       [circa 1944].   [1]. Very good.  Drawing of a surveyor printed on paper. 12" X 9.5". Partially mounted on black paper from a photo album. Drawing folded once horizontally. A few chips and creases along the edges. Verso with a few stains, one of which has bled through along lower margin. With signatures of approximately 60 men on recto of drawing.

The Haines Cut-Off Highway was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1943.  The road was built to connect Haines, Alaska with Haines Junction, Yukon at the Alaska Highway crossing and followed the old Dalton Trail over Chilkat Pass.   The drawing of a stalwart surveyor is signed by upwards of 60 men, many of whom have also included home addresses and home towns.  These men are presumably the members of the US Army Corps of Engineers who constructed the road. An interesting piece of Alaska and Yukon ephemera, commemorating what must have been an extremely difficult and dangerous job-- cutting a highway along the Dalton Trail, made famous by its role in Klondike Gold Rush.





[Alaska].        Northern Commercial Co. 1917 Calendar.        San Francisco: International Printing Co., 1917.  Very good.  Colour calendar on heavy cardstock. 21" X 14". Occasional, very light chipping to edges. Corners rounded. Full calendar pad (Jan - Dec) present with penciled notation in most days. Top corner missing (1" X 0.5") from January page. Original string hanger present. Colours bright and unfaded.

A scarce advertising calendar for the Northern Commercial Company (N.C.Co.), a retail company which maintained rural village stores across Alaska and in the Yukon. N.C.Co also operated steamships through Alaskan trade routes.  The image on the poster features a small steamship and the construction of a new camp at "Ruby, Alaska." Two totem poles on either side of the calendar pad list several stations of the N.C.Co., including Fairbanks, Dawson Yukon Territory, Bettles, Iditarod, and many others. The verso of the calendar is a full-page map of Alaska showing sea routes and locations of N.C.Co posts. A later incarnation of the business still maintains 30 stores across rural Alaska. See two other examples in this catalogue.  See cover illustration.




[Alaska].        Northern Commercial Co. 1918 Calendar.        San Francisco: International Printing Co., 1918.  Very good.  Colour calendar on heavy cardstock. 21" X 14". Occasional, very light chipping and to edges. Corners bumped with some creasing. A few other light creases to edges. Full calendar pad present with penciled notation in most days. Original string hanger present. Colours bright and unfaded.

Another example.  The image on the poster features mining at Iditarod, Alaska.






[Alaska].        Northern Commercial Co., Northern Navigation Co. 1911 Calendar.        San Francisco: Crocker Quality, 1911.  Very good.  Colour calendar on heavy cardstock. 21" X 14". Occasional, very light chipping to edges with a few unobtrusive creases.  Full calendar pad (Jan - Dec) present. String hanger present. Colours bright and unfaded.

A scarce advertising calendar for the Northern Commercial Company (N.C.Co.) and the Northern Navigation Company, which operated steamships along Alaskan trade routes.  The image on the poster features the Steamship Sarah in the Alaskan wilderness. The column on the left side of the calendar pad list several stations of the N.C.Co., including Fairbanks, Dawson Yukon Territory, Bettles, Iditarod, and the column on the right side of the pad lists 19 steamships operated by the company. The verso of the calendar is a full-page map of Alaska showing sea routes and locations of N.C.Co posts. See two other examples in this catalogue.







Amundsen, Roald.        [Commemorative Drinking Glass] Polen Er Naadd Den Fjortende  Syttende December 1911.  Ritvel Roald Amundsen.        Oslo? 1912.  Near fine.  Small clear finely made drinking glass.  12cm high X 7 CM in diameter at the top.  Hand-painted on the front is an image of Amundsen standing at the South Pole holding the Norwegian flag.  The image appears to be fired onto the glass.  The glass is very fine and in excellent condition.

A wonderful example of Norwegian patriotism and a wonderful South Pole Commemorative.  I certainly believe the glass was produced after Amundsen returned, probably in 1912.  Very scarce with this being the only example we have encountered.






Amundsen, Roald.        Nordvestpassagen Beretning Om Gjøa-Ekspeditionen 1903-1907 Med et Tillæg Av Premierløitnant Godfred Hansen [With Signed Letter from Roald Amundsen].        Kristiania [Oslo]: H. Aschehoug & Co.(W. Nygaard),  1907, 1st Edition.   [xiii], xiv-xv, 511pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Full green cloth publishers binding with gilt ship and waves stamped to front board. Gilt titles and design of dolphins and waves to spine. Some very light shelfwear and bumping to corners, edges of boards, and head and tail of spine. Floral endpapers. All edges speckled. Clean and virtually free of foxing internally.  With a letter of 5 lines, signed and dated by Amundsen, on a single sheet folded twice vertically. Folds with small tears, professionally repaired. A bright, attractive copy.

A beautiful copy of the true first edition of Amundsen's account of traversing the Northwest Passage.  A goal of Arctic explorers for centuries, the Northwest Passage was first navigated completely by Amundsen in his small ship, the Gjøa. Amundsen was deep in debt with creditors attempting to halt the expedition entirely. In the letter accompanying this book, Amundsen sarcastically refers to his financial situation, saying, "I believe that taxman Garben in Drammen would be a brilliant head pilot in the Northwest Passage. He has all the qualifications for it. Drammen 25 April 1907. Roald Amundsen." Balthasar Oscar Garben was the tax collector in Drammen 1891-1909. Given that this debt almost prevented Amundsen’s historical voyage completely, the letter provides fascinating insight into his somewhat cavalier attitude towards the debt upon his return.





Amundsen, Roald and Lincoln Ellsworth.        First Crossing of the Polar Sea [Signed by Umberto Nobile].        New York: George H. Doran, 1927, 1st edition.  x(2),13-324pp. Very good in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated dust jacket over original blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind-stamped titles to front board. Shelfwear to lower edges of boards and corners.  Unclipped jacket folds and spine have been reinforced with brown butcher's paper, resulting in a fresh jacket with only light wear. Foredge uncut.  Internally clean and unmarked.  Signed and inscribed on paper affixed to ffep, "To Mr. Art Ronnie, Umberto Nobile, Rome, September 22, 1966."

Arctic Bibl. 409. First edition in English. Narrative of the first flight across the Arctic ocean, Spitsbergen to Alaska via the North Pole, in the dirigible "Norge."  Nobile designed and piloted the "Norge," the first airship to cross the polar ice from Europe to America and likely the first aircraft to fly over the pole.  A fantastic signature.




[Amundsen, Roald] Nils Voll.        La Conquête Du Pôle Sud: Voyage Du Capitaine Roald Amundsen.        Bordeaux: Bière, 1912, 1st separate edition.   11pp. Very good.  Small quarto. Original printed wrappers. Staple bound. Edges of wrappers age toned with a few chips, small closed tears and creases. Wrappers separated along spine fold to first staple (approximately 2 inches). Internally with a touch of age toning, else a clean and tight copy.

A scarce ephemeral account in French of Amundsen's attainment of the South Pole on December 14th, 1911. He announced his success to the world by telegram from Hobart, Tasmania on March 7th, 1912. This offprint, originally published in the May 1912 edition of the Revue Géographie Commerciale, must be among the first separately published accounts of Amundsen's successful voyage to the Pole. Not in Pimentel or Rosove.





Scrutator Revealed!


An Officer of Rank [Glascock, William Nugent].        Naval Sketch-Book; Or, The Service Afloat and Ashore: With Characteristic Reminiscences, Fragments, and Opinions on Professional, Colonial, and Political Subjects; Interspersed with Copious Notes, Biographical, Historical, Critical, and Illustrative.        London: the Author, 1826, 1st Edition. xx,251, vi,286 pp.. Very good.  Octavo.  Two volumes bound as one.  Bound in 19th century half calf and marbled boards.  Re-backed with a new attractive calf spine to match.  Very light wear to binding otherwise a very nice attractive clean copy.

A very interesting Naval officer’s reminiscences which we have only recently become aware of.  The book has a very good chapter on naval authors with content on Franklin, Back and Lyon.  The most interesting revelation references the anonymous author "Scrutator" who wrote the Impracticability of Effecting a North-West Passage for Ships.  In addition there is an interesting chapter on Newfoundland and a chapter of over 60 pages titled Northwest Passage.  A very intriguing title and scarce in this first edition.





Ape (Pellegrini, Carlo).        "Alleno" [Sir Allen Young].        London: Vanity Fair, 1877.  Very good.  Colour Lithograph Print (approximately 38x26cm) by 'Ape. Dated Dec. 15, 1877. Crisp, clean example.

Wonderful caricature of Allen Young of Pandora and Search for Franklin fame.  Complete with the original descriptive sheet.  Series: Men of the Day. No.167.




[Arctic Map].        London Atlas Map of the Arctic Regions.        London: Edward Stanford, [circa 1915], 1st Edition.  Near fine.  Original folding lithograph map in original cloth portfolio. 18 panels backed on linen. 27" X 20.5". 1st panel mounted on recto of rear portfolio board.  Recto of front board of portfolio with original paper label with two light damp stains. Publisher's ads on verso of front board and one map panel (also with previous owner's signature and label from map dealer). Discrete professional restoration to spine of portfolio. Map bright and unfaded with just occasional light age-toning and a few spots to white portions.

An attractive copy of this scarce folding map of the Circumpolar Arctic. Includes thousands of place names and hundreds of areas explored and exploration routes taken by Arctic explorers from the 16th Century through 1912.  An incredible compendium of the history of Arctic exploration on one map.





Bernier, Capt. J. E.        Report on the Dominion Government Expedition to Arctic Islands and the Hudson Strait on Board the C.G.S. "Arctic" 1906-1907.        Ottawa: C.H. Parmelee, 1909, 1st Edition. iv,(1),127 pp.. Very good.  Octavo.  Original purple patterned cloth.  Gilt lettering on spine a bit faded. The last few pages with the meteorological observations seem to have been crumpled and flattened at some point before the book was bound.  There is no loss but there is moderate creasing.   Excellent large folding map in pocket on rear board.  47 full page black and white illustrations.  Overall a copy with only a minor bit of fading on spine and the creasing.

Arctic Biblio.  2716.  This is Bernier's account of his extensive Arctic trip, overwintering at Albert Harbour, Baffin Island.  He visited many places that relate to the Search for Franklin and there are many excellent illustrations.  Bernier's contribution on this and future trips are going to be very important to future Canadian Sovereignty issues.  This first narrative is very scarce today.





British Arctic Air-Route Expedition (Baare).        Morning Service.        London: British Arctic Air-Route Expedition, 1930, 1st thus.   7pp. Near fine.  8vo.  Original card covers tied with silk ribbon.  7 mimeographed papers with the complete morning service listed. Second page has offset onto the back of the first page, otherwise a very nice copy.

With the blind stamp of Miss Neal, Strand on the rear cover.  This is a rare artifact used on the British Arctic Air Route Expedition (BAARE). It was probably printed in London and taken on the expedition to be used by the small expedition group.  Members of the successful expedition included Gino Watkins, F.S. Chapman, A. Courtauld and Quentin Riley.






Burney, James.        A Chronological History of the North-Eastern Voyages of Discovery; and of the Early Eastern Navigations of the Russians.        London: Payne & Foss. and John Murray,  1819, 1st Edition. viii,310pp. Very good.  Octavo (21.5 X 13.5 cm.) Bound in early 19th century half calf and marbled boards. Outer joints a bit worn. Leather corners to match.  Two folding maps.  A clean bright copy.

The work contains accounts of voyages by the English, Dutch, Danes and Russians in search of the North-east passage to India and China, Kamchatka, and discoveries in the Polar Seas. The Russian accounts relate, among many others, to the Spangberg and Walton voyages to Japan, the voyages of Bering and Tscherikow, those to the Aleutian Islands and the N.W. Coast of America, etc.  Series: Bibliotheca Australiana 49.






Chamberlain, Nathan H.        Dr. Kane, and Christian Heroism As Seen in Arctic Voyaging:  A Discourse Preached at Canton Mass., April 16, 1857.        Boston: Corsby, Nichols, and Company, 1857, 1st printing.   20pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original printed brown wrappers.  Minor bit of chipping on the edges otherwise a very nice copy.

Sabin 11782. One of the many tributes done for Kane shortly after his passing away.  Interestingly this example does not appear to be referenced in Villarejo's extensive Kane bibliography at the end of his biography.  Rare especially in this nice of condition.




Chavanne, Dr. Josef.        Die Englische Nordpolexpedition 1875-1876 Unter Capitan Nares Und Ihre Resultate.        Wien: U. Hartleben's Verlag, 1877, 1st printing.   40pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original printed wrappers. Slight browning around the edges.  Single page map at rear.  A nice example of a fragile item.

Chavanne 4952. Not in A.B.  Very scarce.  Chavanne is most noted for compiling the monumental Arctic bibliography in 1878.  This account provides a very early summary of the Nares Expedition.






Cheyne, Lieut. R.N.        Descriptive Catalogue of Fourteen Stereoscopic Slides of the Relics, of Sir John Franklin's Expedition, Brought Home in the "Fox", by Captain M'clintock, in September 1859.        London: Lieut. Cheyne, 1860.  Good to very good.  Nine of a set of fourteen albumen stereoviews showing the returned Franklin artifacts.  Each view is 17.5 X 8.5 CM and consists of two images mounted on a plain yellow coated card.  The images are in good to very good condition.  They are a bit toned but are generally very clear.  A few images have a mild crease in the middle that does not affect the image.  General soiling on the edges, heavier on a few.

Rare. Cheyne privately produced this set and sold it in a small box complete with a descriptive booklet, of which a photocopy is included with the views.  Our set is missing the following views; No. 6 Found in the Boat; No. 8 Found in the Boat; No. 12 the Record; No. 13 the Fox; and finally Captain M'Clintock's Portrait. The stereo effect is quite striking on many of the views. Included with this item is a 19th century viewer.




Colchester, Charles Lord.        Memoranda of My Life from 1798 to 1859 Inclusive and Appendix to Memoranda of My Life.        London: Spottiswoode & Co. New Street Square, 1869-1971, 1st privately printed. vi,(1),329,25pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Original polished blue calf presentation binding.  All edges gilt. A clean copy.

Colchester's career overlapped many of the Golden Age of Arctic Exploration and the Search for Franklin Expeditions. Though he was not directly involved with exploration there are a number of references in the book to Franklin and the Search.  Very scarce as there is a paste-on on the title page indicating the book was never published. Bound in at the rear is a separately-published pamphlet that was a 25 page appendix to the original. Colchester was president of the Royal Geographical Society from 1845-47.



Crepin, Louis Philippe,   Artist.        Naufrage de M.M. De Laborde Sur Les Canots de la Peyrouse Au Port Des Francois Dans la Californie:  Dedie a Monsieur Alexandre de Laborde Leur Frere  [Shipwreck of the Astrolabe's Yawl at Port Des Francais, Lituya Bay, Alaska, on July 13, 1786].        Port & Dissart Sculpserum, [circa 1800], 1st printing.  Very good.  Large copper plate engraving printed on thick paper.  With light colouring in a few areas. (53.4 X 71.6 cm.)  A bit of light surface soiling, otherwise in bright crisp condition.

An interesting image depicting a group of French crew members caught in a raging storm in small boats.  Another boat is attempting a rescue from the right.  The exaggerated mountains of Alaska are in the background.  Very scarce with this being the only example we have encountered.  We can only find copies in the Bancroft and Yale collections, both of which have later colouring and are in poor condition.  The event is described in detail in la Perouse’s narrative.





Egede [Christian Thestrup].        Reisebestrivelse Til Ostre-Gronlands Opdagelse Foretaget I Aarene 1786 Og 87.        Copenhagen: Johan Frederik Schultz, 1789, 1st Edition.   [1-7],8-52 + 3 folding engraved plates. Very good.  Small octavo. 19th century quarter sheep over black cloth boards. Black spine label with gilt titles. Raised bands edged with gilt ruling. Shoulders of spine rubbed with discrete professional restoration to head and tail of spine. Corners lightly rubbed. Handstamps of the Royal Danish Naval Library to front pastedown and some foxing throughout, else a very nice copy.  The large engraved plates are particularly striking and virtually free of faults.

A rare report on a Danish expedition to eastern Greenland to find a lost Norse colony thought still to exist.  Egede reached Greenland in spring of 1786 and spotted bare land in the region of Angmagssalik but was unable to penetrate the unusually thick pack ice to reach land.  No Norse colony was sighted, and despite several more attempts to reach land Egede was thwarted by ice and abandoned the search in 1787 (Howgego L158).  A fascinating account of the Danish attempts to reconnect with the lost northern colony of their countrymen. This volume was de-accessioned from the Royal Danish Naval Library. Groenlandica p. 149.





Egede, Hans.        Omstændelig Og Udførlig Relation Angaaende Den Grønlandske Missions Begyndelse Og Fortsættelse: Samt Hvad Ellers Mere Der Ved Landets Recognoscering, Dets Beskaffenhed, Og Indbyggernes Væsen Og Leve-Maade Vedkommende, Er Befunden [A Comprehensive Relation About the Greenland Mission, Its Reconnaissance, Its Character, and the Inhabitants].        Kiobenhavn [Copenhagen]: Joh. Christ. Groth, 1738, 1st Edition.   [18], 408pp. Very Good.  Square octavo. Bound in early 19th century half calf and marbled paper covered boards. Spine in 5 compartments. Gilt title label.  Mid 19th century ownership inscription on front endpaper. Some minor foxing and age-toning throughout, heavier in spots. Some worming to margins. A few old tide lines on a few of the preliminary and end leaves. Three institutional handstamps to ffep and title page.

Groenlanica P. 150.  Arctic Biblio. 4366 the scarce first edition of Egede's account of Greenland. Egede was inspired by tales of the Norse Greenland settlements and established his own colony and mission, Godthåb, know known as Nuuk, Greenland's capital.  Egede worked extensively with the local people, establishing additional missions and translating the Bible into Greenlandic. Egede was eventually styled the Lutheran Bishop of Greenland.








Elliott, Henry Wood (1846 - 1930).        Fantastic Manuscript Archive Detailing Henry Wood Elliott’s Attempts to Save the Pacific Fur Seals of the Pribilof Islands from Extinction with Original Alaskan Artwork by Wood. 1891- 1928.  Very good.  Archive comprising 45 pages of correspondence between Henry Wood Elliott and a variety of politicians and government employees regarding fur seals, 6 pages of notes in Elliott's hand about early exploration in the Seal Islands, 3 watercolours by Elliott (one signed), several pencil studies of mountains likely by Elliott, an unsigned pen drawing likely by Elliott, several reproductions of Elliott's artwork, and 4 publications by or about Elliott. Correspondence is primarily manuscript on paper or letterhead (4 pages are typed). Paper with some occasional age-toning or offsetting from newspaper clippings, else fine. 2 of the original watercolours are on light cardstock, and one is mounted on board. A third watercolour is included on a manuscript letter.  The painting on board is signed and titled by Elliott (the title on the board). A surface mat has been removed from the board, leaving behind adhesive that partially obscures the title.  The painting itself is unaffected. Paintings measure 7" X 4.25", 6.25" X 4" (appears to be partially trimmed) and 4" X 4" (approximately; on manuscript letter). The pen drawing, titled "Pottery at Golden City," is on paper and measures 13" X 6.75". The pencil studies, all on paper, are approximately 8" X 4" and smaller.

A tremendous archive related to the career of Henry Wood Elliott, whose tenacious and dogged actions over nearly 20 years helped save the Pacific Fur Seal from likely extinction on the Pribilof Islands and resulted in the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911. This treaty is a landmark in the history of wildlife conservation and is recognized as the first international treaty enacted to conserve wildlife. Henry Wood Elliot was stationed in the Pribilof Islands in 1872 as a Treasury Agent. During the next several years, Elliott witnesses a precipitous decline in seal numbers and began to lobby the government for a restricted hunt. Elliott was told the hunt would be suspended in 1891, but he quickly learned that the government had secretly issued 60,000 kill permits for seals. Elliott leaked this information to the press and was promptly fired. It was this experience that launched Elliott's political and conservation career. Along with Secretary of State John Hay, Elliott co-authored a treaty banning pelagic seal hunting which was not to be ratified for another 6 years, and only after intense lobbying by Elliot.  Elliott was also an accomplished artist of Alaskan scenes and author of books on Alaska; however, it was his actions as a conservationist for which he is best remembered. The archive spans two pivotal moments in Elliott's career as a conservationist, the first being a series of letters from Charles Lutz (the first while stationed as a doctor on St. Paul Island) and Charles Goff (recently fired as Chief Treasury Agent on St. Paul Island) regarding the terrible slaughter and mismanagement of seals and political machinations underway in the Pribilofs. These letters, comprising 22 manuscript pages, are addressed to Elliott and dated  May - September 1891, just months after both Goff and Elliott were relieved from their government positions when both men advocated an immediately end to the seal hunt.  Lutz's first letter from St. Paul details the continued slaughter of seals on St. Paul under the direction of George Tingle, a treasury agent and his concerns that Tingle will hunt the seals to extinction.  Lutz then details the political infighting between Tingle and Joseph Murray, another treasury agent overseeing the seal hunt, going as far as accusing Tingle of political "decapitation" of Murray. Goff's letters also detail this political infighting and underscore Tingle's apparent desire to hunt the seals to extinction.  It was Elliott's experience of being fired in 1891 and these reports of the continued slaughter of seals which deeply motivated him as a conservationist. The second strength of the archive is in the correspondence between Elliot and Congressman James Cassidy. Over 15 pages of correspondence in May and June of 1910, Elliot details how two Secretaries of State have stalled the passage of the Treaty and misrepresented facts to the public. Elliott accuses Elihu Root and especially Huntington Wilson of purposely misleading the public about the status of treaty negotiations (Elliott asserts there are no ongoing negotiations). Elliott also details his attempts to impeach Secretary of Commerce Charles Nagel, who Elliott believes is orchestrating the attempts to quash the treaty. It was Elliot's tireless campaigning during this period that directly lead to the treaty being ratified by the US, Great Britain, Japan and Russia in July of 1911.The archive is given additional depth by the presence of other material related to Elliott's life and work, including a signed manuscript letter from William Hornaday, who helped Elliot petition congress before the passage of the Treaty, three letters to Elliott from Juneau lawyer James Wickersham detailing life in Alaska in the 1920, 2 postcards from Elliott to his daughter, the numerous pencil studies, pen sketch, and reproductions of Elliott's work, and the three fine watercolours by Elliott of Alaska. The largest watercolour is of a native "Barrabkie" house in St. Paul, dated 1872. The second watercolour, dated 1918, is of an Alaskan mountain scene, and the third watercolour, present on a manuscript letter, is of two fur seals on a rock.  Also included are a biography and exhibition catalogue of Elliott by the Anchorage Historical and Fine Art Museum, a reprint of Elliott's Biographical Sketches of Authors on Russia and Alaska, and the first edition of Elliot's Our Arctic Province (1887) written about his time in Alaska and also illustrated by him.  All in all, the archive presents important insight in Elliott's work as a tireless advocate for conservation of fur seals and also exposes the intricacies of the political machine against which has was fighting.  See rear cover illustration.





Forster, Georg; Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [Captain James Cook].        Fragmente Uber Captain Cooks Letze Reise Und Sein Ende; [With] Einige Lebensumstände Von Capt. James Cook, Großtentheils Aus Schriftl. Nachrichten Einiger Seiner Bekannten Gezogen Von G. C. L.   [In] Gottingisches Magazin Der Wissenschaften Und Litteratur. Herausgegeben Von Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Und Georg Foster [First Substantial Published Account of Cook's Third Voyage and His Death].        Gottingen: Johan Christian Dietrich, 1780, 1st Edition.   [viii], 168; [iv], [169]-334; [ii], [339]-504; [1-3], 160; [161-163], 328, [2]; [329-331], 488pp. Very good.  12mo. 6 volumes. Original printed wrappers with decorative printer's devices to front and back wrappers and titles to spine. Insides of wrappers with printed ads. Some minor staining/discolouration to wrappers. Spines chipped with some large pieces missing in volumes 1, 2 and 6, exposing stitching. Some damp staining to margins and occasional age-toning internally, but generally bright and clean. Most pages unopened, a few with marginal tears not touching text. With 10 plates, including an engraved frontis of Cook after the famous painting by Nathaniel Dance. With folding green cloth box with red morocco and gilt spine label.

The very scarce, first substantial published account of Captain James Cook's Third Voyage, preceded only by a few reports in London newspapers and a 3 page report in another German magazine. The 6 parts of Gottingisches Magazin Der Wissenschaften Und Litteratur offered here contain two significant Cook articles, the first being Georg Forster's account of the Voyage, Cook's discovery of Hawaii and his death at Kealakekua, and the second being Georg Lichtenberg's biography of Cook. Forster served as a naturalist on Cook's Second Voyage and used his intimate knowledge of Cook as well as interviews with members of the Third Voyage to write the first truly credible account of the Voyage to be published. The HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery left Plymouth in 1776, intending to find a Pacific route through the Northwest Passage.  Although failing at this task, Cook would be the first European to discover Hawaii and went on to map much of the Northwest Coast of North America, reaching as far north as the Bearing Strait.  Cook was unable to progress past the Strait, however, and returned south after spending time in the Aleutian Islands with Russian traders and the Aleuts. Cook returned to Hawaii, where he was killed in February of 1779.  Although Charles Clerke took command of the expedition and once again attempted the Northwest Passage, he too failed to proceed past the Strait and died of tuberculosis in Kamchatka. Shortly thereafter, the expedition returned to England. Forster's account of the Voyage and Lichtenberg's biography form a fantastic primary source of Cook's Third Voyage that predated all other reports from crew members as well as all accounts of the expedition save the few scant notices mentioned above. Also included here is the earliest printed account of the natural history of Hawaii, a short ornithological tract on the red-feathered bee-eater, as well as several other articles on late 18th century science and literature. An excellent, completely unsophisticated set in the original wrappers. (Forbes 13, Parsons Collection 120)





Fries, Theodor Magnus (1832-1913).        Gronland  Dess Natur Och Innevanare Efter Aldre Och Nyare Forfattares Skildringar Samt Egen Erfarenhet.        Upsala: Esaias Edquist, 1872, 1st printing.  (6),176pp. Very good.  8vo.  Original green gilt decorated cloth, lightly rubbed. Gilt titles to spine. Lithograph frontispiece.  3 other coloured lithos.  6 black and white illustrations at the end.  Four in-text illustrations.  Single page port.  Original coated yellow endpapers.  Contemporary ownership inscription to ffep. A very attractive clean copy.

Groenlandica  p.165. Chavanne 5309.  The four coloured plates are wonderful ethnographic depictions and show a kayak, umiak, and the interior of a house.





[Frobisher, Martin] Stefansson, Vilhjalmur.        The Three Voyages of Martin Frobisher. In Search of a Passage to Cathay and India by the North-West, A.D. 1576-8. From the Original 1578 Text of George Best. Together with Numerous Other Versions, Additions, Etc. Now Edited, with Preface, Introduction, Notes, Appendixes and Bibliography, by Vilhjalmur Stefansson [2 Volumes].        London: Argonaut Press,  1938, 1st edition thus, limited to 475 numbered copies on Japon Vellum, this being #248.  cxxx,166; vi,[1],293pp. Very good.  Two volumes. Quarto. Original quarter vellum-backed cloth-covered boards (first volume is in orange cloth and the second brick red). Gilt title on spine. Colour coat of arms stamped on front board of each volume. Boards very slightly bowed. Slight wear to edges (outer corners are lightly bumped). Volume two shows a slight bubbling of cloth in a couple of spots along the edge. Printed on Japon vellum. All edges uncut. Silk ribbon markers which match the colour of the cloth. Frontispiece portrait and numerous plates and maps (some folding) and red title page vignettes. A very subtle discolouration to pre and post-liminaries of volume one, else the text block of each is clean and tight. Inscribed in black ink on front free endpaper.

Inscription reads "For Abe from his friend Stef December 27 1943." The recipient of the inscription is Abe Spanel, of Princeton, New Jersey. Stefansson was an old friend of the Spanel’s and a frequent house guest. A particularly nice set, scarce inscribed in this manner. Not in A.B.  Reprinted by Nico Israel in the Argonaut press reprint series. With original woodcut on title page by William Monk, R.E.




Signed by Author


Greely, Adolphus W.        Three Years of Arctic Service. An Account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-1884 and the Attainment of the Farthest North.        New York: Scribner's Sons, 1886, 1st Edition.xxv,428;xii,444pp. Near fine.  2 volumes Octavo. In original pictorial blue cloth. Boards show a minor amount of mainly edge wear. Beveled edges and gray coated endpapers. Steel engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume I, 42 wood cut plates and illustrations in text from drawings and maps, 4 maps (1 folding), large folding coloured map in rear pocket volume II. Map has a few old repairs and minor splits to the folds.  Overall a nice bright attractive set.

AB 6118. Narrative of the United States expedition during the First International Polar Year, based at Fort Conger, Lady Franklin Bay on the east coast of Ellesmere Island. The expedition explored the north coast of Greenland from Cape Bryant to Cape Washington, the interior and west coast of Grinnell Land and extended the mapping of Hayes Sound. After the failure of relief ships, the party made their way to Cape Sabine, Smith Sound where seven survivors were rescued. Includes accounts of the battle with the ice on the sea, the sledge journeys, the life of the men in camp and on the march, and the geography of the territory explored. Signed “Yours truly A.W. Greely” on the first blank.  A common set but in nice condition and signed by the author makes this example quite uncommon.







Hanbury, David T.        Sport and Travel in the Northland of Canada.       

New York: MacMillan Company, [no date], 1st American Edition.  xxxii,319pp. Very good.  Octavo in maroon cloth binding, gilt top edge others uncut, with 5 colour plates (including frontispiece) by E. Caldwell, b&w plates from photos, and 2 folding colour maps. Scattered light foxing throughout.  Appendix by H. J. Elwes--Lepidoptera from Arctic America, J. S. Flett--Rock Specimens from the Northern Part of Canada & R. A Rolfe--Flora of the Arctic Coast North America.

Arctic Bibl. 6550. Narrative of 20 months traveling and living in the Barren Grounds and Canadian Arctic with an introduction "Historical Sketch of Exploration in North Canada" by Mr. J. P. A. Renwick.




Hanson, Lida Siboni.        The Story of Malcolm Hanson.        n.p.: Privately Printed, 1946, edition limited to 150 numbered copies for family and friends.   [iv], 158pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Full green limp grained leather with gilt title to spine and gilt bird to front board. Spine lightly rubbed. Housed in matching green paper-covered slipcase. Light shelfwear to slipcase. A.e.g. Photographic frontis of Hanson. Internally tight and clean. Signed by the author, "Best Wishes from Lida Siboni Hanson" on the limitation page. Limited to 150 numbered copies, printed for family and friends, this being #114.

The scarce, privately printed biography of Malcolm Hanson. Hanson was the chief radio engineer of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, the first expedition to fly to the South Pole. Hanson conducted experiments in short wave radio on the expedition and pioneered advances in radio communication in polar regions. Mount Hanson in Antarctica was named by Byrd in Malcolm's honour.





Hayes, Isaac Israel.        Pictures of Arctic Travel, Greenland.        New York: G.W. Carleton & Co., 1881, 1st Edition.   144p. Very good. 16mo.  Original highly gilt and silver decorated boards.  One of two variants this copy in the tan cloth.  A very attractive copy in crisp condition.

AB 6799. Popular sketches of the life and people, icebergs and glaciers of West Greenland.  Hayes rarest title and more so in this very nice condition.  The book was issued in two variants, one in green cloth the other in tan.  Both are identical otherwise.




Herbert, Agnes and A Shikari.        Two Dianas in Alaska.        London: John Lane, the Bodley Head, 1909, 1st Edition. xii,[2],316pp. + [4],16,4pp. (Publisher's ads). Very good.  Octavo. Original gilt lettered green cloth.  Gilt top edge. Frontis.  28 plates from photos.  Generally a very clean copy.  Covers slightly soiled and worn.

AB 7007. Account of hunting big game on Kodiak Island and the Alaska Peninsula by a popular travel writer of the day.   A very interesting copy with the following inscription: “To My Mother. This copy is presented trusting she may find some interest in the perusal of a work which contains a phantatic record of actual events witnessed by her son in far off Arctic Regions "A Shikari"  C. R. Radclyffe  1908.”  Although Radclyffe was not mentioned by name on the title page the preface is obviously by him and he was at least co-author of the book.   We can not find any mention of this anywhere else.  Page 89 also has in initialed change to the text.  A great family association copy with interesting inscription.



Hillary, Edmund; George Lowe.        Trans-Antarctic Expedition Stock Certificate [Signed by Hillary and Lowe]. n.p.: Offset by C.M. Banks Ltd., [no date c1955].  Very good.  Offset lithograph stock certificate. 11.75" X 10". Some light chipping and creasing to edges. "8" stamped in ink to top of certificate. Colours vibrant and unfaded. Boldly signed by both Edmund Hillary and George Lowe.

A highly visual stock certificate issued to raise money for the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (CTAE), featuring a small black and white photo of Sir Edmund Hillary, a small airplane, a man packing a sled with dogs waiting at attention, two penguins in front of a ship, and a map of Antarctica and New Zealand. This purple version was issued to patrons who donated 5 shillings. Sir Edmund Hillary and George Lowe, both members of the expedition which was the first to reach the South Pole overland in more than 45 years, have signed the certificate. An excellent ephemeral Antarctic item and rare.





Hind, Henry Youle.        Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula, the Country of the Montagnais and the Nasquapee Indians.        London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863, 1st Edition. xv, [1], 351; xiii, [3], 304pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Two volumes. Finely bound in recent 3/4 black morocco over green pebbled cloth. Spine in 6 compartments. Titles in gilt to second and fourth; remaining stamped heavily in gilt with floral designs. Raised bands tooled in gilt. T.e.g. Internally tight and clean with only occasional foxing.

Arctic Biblio. 7105. Narrative of Hind's 1861 expedition into the interior of Labrador, specifically the Moise River Basin. Includes sections on the Montagnais and Nasquapee, descriptions of the landscape, a history of Labrador, and the Inuit of northern Labrador and Quebec. With 12 vibrant chromolithographs, mostly of natives, 2 maps (1 folding) and several woodcuts. A clean copy in an attractive binding.





Hitchcock, Mary E.        Two Women in the Klondike. The Story of a Journey to the Gold Fields of Alaska.        New York: G.P. Putnam's Son, 1899, 1st Edition.   xiv(2),485pp. Near fine.  Octavo.  Original decorated grey cloth.  Top edge gilt. Many photo illus, folding map in pocket.  Foredge has a number of pages roughly opened with a few small tears.  A very clean crisp copy.

Arctic Bibl. 7125, Tourville 2130, Wickersham 2955. "The author traveled in the summer of 1898 to Dawson via the Yukon River, and returned via Skagway and Sitka. She describes the river valley and its people; the gold rush activities in Dawson, Skagway Pass, etc."   Scarce in nice condition.




Hooper, W.H.        Ten Months Among the Tents of the Tuski, with Incidents of an Arctic Boat Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, As Far As the MacKenzie River, and Cape Bathurst.        London: John Murray, 1853, 1st Edition.   [v], vi-xv, [2], 2-417, [2] publisher's ads. Near fine.  Octavo. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. Gilt scene to front board. Boards and spine with floral designs stamped in blind. Discrete professional restoration to head and tail of spine and corners. Gilt at foot of spine lightly rubbed. All edges uncut. With 11 full page plates and partially coloured folding map. Signatures of two previous owners on ffep. Bookseller's stamp to rear pastedown. Internally tight and clean with only occasional light foxing. An attractive copy of the preferred primary binding.

Arctic Biblio. 7395. An account of the H.M.S. Plover's expedition to Eastern Siberia, Alaska, and Canada. With section on the customs of the native peoples of Eastern Siberia, Alaska, and the McKenzie River Valley. Hooper ascended the McKenzie River and overwintered at Deline (Fort Franklin) on Great Bear Lake and then returned to England overland through Canada. One of the early Search for Franklin expeditions.




Howgate, Henry W.  (Tyson, George Emory).        The Cruise of the Florence; Or, Extracts from the Journal of the Preliminary Arctic Expedition of 1877-78.        Washington: James J. Chapman, 1879, 1st Edition.   183 pp. Very good.  16mo.  Bound in 19th century tan cloth with title blocked on front board.  Coated grey endpapers.  A fine clean copy with only a touch of wear to the binding.

Arctic Biblio.  18168.  Narrative of the Howgate polar expedition, on the Florence, Commanded by Captain George Tyson.  The expedition wintered in the Cumberland Sound region of Baffin Island and the printed narrative provides a day by day account of their activities.  RARE   I have not seen a copy of this for sale in many years especially in this nice of condition.




Hubbard Junior, Mrs. Leonidas.        A Woman's Way Through Unknown Labrador. An Account of the Exploration of the Nascaupee and George Rivers.        New York: McClure Company, 1908, 1st American Edition. xvi,338pp. Very good.  Octavo. Publisher's gilt lettered blind-stamped red cloth with frontispiece portrait from drawing by J. Syddall, plates from photos and folding map. Professional restoration to head of spine and top of boards. Bottom corners lightly rubbed. Internally tight and clean. Folding map with some light age-toning to folds. A bright copy.

AB 4559. Mina Benson Hubbard's account of her expedition to retrace the steps of her husband's trip through Labrador. Includes the diary kept by Leonidas Hubbard on the expedition supplemented with Wallace's account on the latter part of the expedition.




Jackson, Frederick George [Sir Leslie Matthew Ward "Spy"].        Franz Josef Land [Full Length Chromolithograph Portrait of Frederick George Jackson].        n.p.: Vincent Brooks, Day & Sons, 1897.  Very good.  Chromolithographic portrait. Approx. 15" X 10.5". Some light chipping, creasing, and a few closed tears to margins. Bottom right corner bumped. Issues should be hidden when matted. Portrait itself is bright and unfaded.

A striking Vanity Fair portrait, # 697 from the "Men of the Day" series, featuring Arctic explorer Frederick George Jackson in full polar gear. Jackson mounted extensive expeditions to the European Arctic, including Siberia and Franz Josef Land. He may be best remembered for "finding" Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen, who had been missing for three years and thought to be dead. Jackson published several books and articles, including A Thousand Days in the Arctic and The Great Frozen Land.




Jacobsen, Johan Adrian.        Kaptein Jacobsens Reiser Til Nordamerikas Nordvestkyst 1881-83. Efter Hans Egne Optegnelser Udarbeidt Af A. Woldt. Oversat Fra Tysk Ved J. Utheim. Med et Anhang: Ordprøver Fra Alaska-Eskimoernes Sprog Af H. Rink.        Kristiania [Oslo]: Alb. Cammermeyer,  1887, 1st Norwegian edition.   xxxviii, 329, 5 full page plates and maps. Very good.  Large octavo. Half calf over marbled boards. Spine in 5 compartments, gilt titles on contrasting leather spine label to second. Raised bands tooled in gilt. Calf and edges of boards rubbed. Contemporary ownership signature to title page, else internally tight and clean. Includes an Alaska (both north and south) and Greenlandic Eskimo language dictionary and two plates and 3 maps related to Alaska and the Northwest Coast. Illustrated throughout with woodcuts.

Arctic Biblio. 7956.  Tourville 2315. Smith 5093.  Gives an account of Jacobsen's expedition to British Columbia and Alaska to collect ethnographic specimens.  Many of Jacobsen's items collected formed the core of the Field Museum ethnology collection.  This first Norwegian edition is much scarcer than the German edition.





[Kane, Elisha Kent].        Funeral Observations of the Late Elisha Kent Kane, in the State Chamber, Columbus, Sunday, March 8, 1857.        Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State Journal Company, 1857, 1st Edition.   [1-3], 4-20pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Original printed wrappers. Old vertical fold through pamphlet. A few small, unobtrusive spots to wrappers. Internally clean. A beautiful copy in an excellent state of preservation.

The very scarce program for Kane's funeral service in Columbus Ohio, including prayers and a discourse on Kane's life.  Elisha Kent Kane died at the age of 37 in Havana after two expeditions to the Arctic to search for the missing John Franklin. Kane's body was transported by train from New Orleans and laid in state at many cities along the way.  This program from the funeral in Columbus is rare, with no auction records in Americana Exchange and only 6 copies located in OCLC. Additionally, the program is signed on Page 5 by W.B. Thrall, a pall bearer at the funeral. Thrall's name is also underlined in the Order of Procession. (Sabine 37004)





[Kane, Elisha Kent] Hon. J. R. Tyson.        Report and Remarks of the Hon. J. R. Tyson, Ll.D., of the Library Committee of the House of Representatives of the Unites States, on Dr. Kane's Search After Sir John Franklin, in the Arctic Regions.        Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1856, 1st Edition.   [3], 4-8pp. Fine.  Small quarto. Self wrappers, string bound. In a remarkable state of preservation. Only the lightest of age-toning.  Corners crisp and only a few small surface creases to wrappers, else fine.

A very scarce pamphlet summarizing the resolution issued by the United States House of Representatives in 1856 commending and thanking Elisha Kent Kane for his efforts searching for the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin. The resolution also praises Kane's scientific discoveries in the Arctic and the publications that have resulted from his explorations. OCLC locates only 4 other copies in institutional collections. A scarce Search for Franklin item. Not in AB.





Kennan, George.        Tent Life in Siberia: A New Account of an Old Undertaking. Adventures Among the Koraks and Other Tribes in Kamchatka and Northern Asia.        New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Son, 1910, revised and enlarged edition.   xix, [1], 482, 6 publisher's ads. Very Good. Octavo. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. Corners lightly bumped. Light shelfwear to boards with one bump to lower front board. Top edge dust-stained, else internally very clean. With 32 illustrations (many full-paged) and two folding maps in colour. An attractive copy.

AB 8527. The revised and enlarged account of Kennan's experiences in Kamchatka and Siberia. Includes expanded text and new illustrations not found in the first edition. Also includes the account of the author's sledge trip from Okhotsk to Nizhnii Novgorod. The first edition is also on offer in this catalogue.





Kennan, George.        Tent Life in Siberia, and Adventures Among the Koraks and Other Tribes in Kamchatka and Northern Asia.        New York & London: G. P. Putnam & Sons / S. Low, Son & Marston,  1870, 1st Edition.  ix,425 + [2]pp. (publisher's ads). Very good.  Small octavo in original decorated brown cloth and light brown endpapers with folding map (frontispiece). Front pastedown showing some evidence of bookplate being removed.

AB 8528. " Record of the author's experiences ... In Kamchatka and the neighboring region, 1865-67, while with the Siberian section of the Western Union Telegraph expedition ..." Reprinted many times, with a new edition issued in 1910. Scarce.




Rare Search for Franklin Narrative


Kennedy, William.        A Short Narrative of the Second Voyage of the Prince Albert, in Search of Sir John Franklin.        London: W.H. Dalton,  1853, 1st Edition.  xxv,202pp. Very good.  Four tinted lithographic plates, folding map. One plate with professional repairs to the margins. Attractively-bound in modern half morocco and marbled boards.  Very clean internally.  A very nice copy of this rarity.

Arctic Bibl. 8539. The PRINCE ALBERT, outfitted by Lady Franklin and under Kennedy's command, explored in Prince Regent Inlet and wintered at Somerset Island, 1851-52. Bellot Strait was discovered, and named for Lt. J. R. Bellot of the French Nacy, a member of the expedition. Very scarce  and probably the rarest of primary Search for Franklin narratives.




Klondike.        The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine.        New York: Century Co.,  1898.   (14),643-800, 50 pp.. Very good.  Octavo.  Original printed wrappers.  Minor chipping to edges. Numerous illustrations.  Overall in excellent condition considering the age.

The Klondike issue.  Vol. LV, No. 5.  Contains two long articles related to the Klondike Gold Rush.  The first "The River Trip to the Klondike" and the second "The Rush to the Klondike over the Mountain Passes." The later article is written by Edward S. Curtis.  Both article are well illustrated and one having a map.





[Klondike Gold Rush].        California-Klondyke Mining and Exploration Co. [Prospectus for Shareholders].        New York: California-Klondyke Mining and Exploration Co.,  [circa 1897].   [4]. Very good.  Folio. Self wrappers. Some light chipping to edges. One horizontal fold.  Slight separation at folds, archivally repaired. A few creases to top right corner. Red ink stamp of Chicago agent to top right corner, else clean and bright.

A rare piece of Klondike Gold Rush ephemera. The California-Klondyke Mining and Exploration Company was formed with the intention "to prospect for, locate, acquire, work and sell mines and mining claims, both of placer and quartz, in the Klondyke region of Alaska and elsewhere". The first two pages describe the company, their operation procedures, and outlook for potential profit. The last two pages are packed with testimonials, dated 1897, from miners detailing the fabulous profits they gained from mining in the region. A rare prospectus, OCLC locates only two institutional copies; those at the University of Alaska and Yale.





[Klondyke Nugget] Samuel Franklin Cody.        John Bull's Advice. See the Klondyke Nugget [Original Chromolithograph Poster Advertising Performance of the Klondyke Nugget].        Birmingham: Moody Brothers,  [circa 1900].  Very good.  Original chromolithograph. 30" X 20". Margins of poster with a few small creases and closed tears, professionally repaired and not affecting image. Old, inconspicuous vertical fold through poster. Top margin with two faint lines of colour offset from printing. Two small pieces of paper, one partially removed, advertising the play (Dec 19th at Clarence Theater in Pontypridd, Wales) affixed to the image.

A fantastic, full colour image advertising a performance of S.F. Cody's stage play, the Klondike Nugget.  The image depicts John Bull giving a hearty "thumbs up," surrounded by characters personifying the United States (Uncle Sam) and various countries of the Empire, including an African in native dress, a kangaroo, a seated Native American, a seated Inuit, a man in Scottish garb, and others.  Samuel Franklin Cody was a popular Western stage performer who traveled around the world re-enacting scenes from the old west. His Klondike show, first performed in 1898 and featuring members of his family, was among his most popular and successful.  Cody was also an aviation enthusiast and is credited with the first powered flight in the United Kingdom. A scarce piece of Klondike Gold Rush ephemera.





[Klondyke Nugget] Samuel Franklin Cody.        The Klondyke Nugget by S. F. Cody [Original Chromolithograph Poster Advertising Performance of the Klondyke Nugget].        Belfast: David Allen & Sons,  [circa 1900].  Very good.  Original chromolithograph. 30" X 20". Margins of poster with a few small creases and very small closed tears, not affecting image. Three inconspicuous horizontal folds through poster.

A fantastic, dramatic chromolithograph poster advertising a performance of S.F. Cody's stage play, the Klondike Nugget.  The poster depicts several Klondike vignettes from the show, including a prospector in furs standing in front of "The Midnight Sun," Cody pouring over a map, a camp on “The Summit of the Chilcoot Pass," and an armed standoff over a murdered native man's body. Samuel Franklin Cody was a popular Western stage performer who traveled around the world re-enacting scenes from the old west. His Klondike show, first performed in 1898 and featuring members of his family, was among his most popular and successful.  Cody was also an aviation enthusiast and is credited with the first powered flight in the United Kingdom. A scarce and colourful piece of Klondike Gold Rush ephemera.





[Klondyke Nugget] Samuel Franklin Cody.        The Klondyke Nugget by S. F. Cody [Original Chromolithograph Poster Advertising Performance of the Klondyke Nugget].        Belfast: David Allen & Sons,  [circa 1900].  Very good.  Original chromolithograph. 30" X 20". Margins of poster lightly foxed. Discrete professional restoration to a few open tears to margin and edges of image.  One vertical fold through poster; bottom corners creased. With two small pieces of paper (one partially removed) advertising a performance (November 12th at the Theatre Royal, Gloucester) tipped onto the upper right corner of the image.

A dramatic, full colour image advertising a performance of S.F. Cody's stage play, the Klondike Nugget.  The image depicts a scene from the play, where Cody stands defiantly in front of a map of Alaska, the Yukon, and the Klondyke while several men point firearms at his head. A native man on a horse, a woman in buckskins, a man in a Union Jack jacket and several others stand by.  Samuel Franklin Cody was a popular Western stage performer who traveled around the world re-enacting scenes from the old west. His Klondike show, first performed in 1898 and featuring members of his family, was among his most popular and successful.  Cody was also an aviation enthusiast and is credited with the first powered flight in the United Kingdom. A scarce piece of Klondike Gold Rush ephemera.




la Roche, F.        En Route to the Klondike Chilkoot Pass and Skaguay Trail.        Seattle: F. la Roche, 1897.   [64]. Fine.  Oblong quarto. Original wrappers with embossed title in gilt to front wrapper. String bound. A gorgeous copy, almost unblemished and with the original mailing envelope. A few light smudges to front wrapper and recto of ffep. Lower right corner very lightly bumped, else pristine. Original mailing envelope not addressed or mailed and with only light edgewear.

A collection of 50 views of the Klondike from photographs taken by la Roche. Details the routes taken from Skagway, over the Chilkoot and on to Lake Bennett.  With scenes of miners, mining camps, and even a group of actresses headed to Dawson City. Each photograph with a few lines of explanatory text. Not in Tourville. Wickersham 3947.





[Labrador] Jens Haven; Steffan Jensen; C.L. Drachart.        Signed Letter in German from Three Moravian Missionaries En Route from London to Northern Labrador to Establish Inuit Mission of Nain.        Yarmouth, N.S. (?): ,  1770.   [2]. Very good.  Original signed letter. 2 written pages on a single leaf. 9 1/8" X 7.5". Recto of letter with 49 lines of text in German; verso of letter with three lines of text, signatures of Haven, Jensen and Drachart, and address of recipient (a William Wollin in London). Two vertical folds and remnants of wax seal. A few chips along edges of letter, affecting a few words, else a very good letter in an excellent state of preservation. With English translation.

A remarkable letter composed on May 16th 1771 by Moravian Missionaries Jens Haven, Steffen Jensen and C.L. Drachart aboard the sloop, Jersey Packet, while en route to Labrador. The missionaries left London in early May, intending to establish a mission among the Inuit of Northern Labrador.  The letter describes the trip from London along the southern coast of England, including interactions with the English crew (who poked fun at the Danish missionaries and drank and rioted while in port), visits from the captain of another ship (Commodore Byron) and the faith that Jesus has blessed their voyage. The ship (purchased specifically for this voyage by the Moravians) would arrive in Labrador later that year and be met by 29 boats of hostile Inuit.  Haven would win the Inuit over (he spoke Inuktitut learned in Greenland), explore the Labrador coast, and eventually secure land at the present day location of Nain. Haven returned the next year to build the mission at Nain and remained a popular figure among the Inuit until he left Labrador in 1784. Today, the school in Nain and peak in the Torgnat Mountains are named after Haven. An important manuscript letter composed during the early period of Moravian exploration and missionary work among the Inuit of Northern Labrador.





MacGahan, J. A.        Under the Northern Lights.        London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington,1876, 1st Edition. viii,339 pp.. Very good.  Octavo.  Bound in half green morocco and marbled boards. Gilt spine with small name at bottom of Seymoor Library.  8 engraved plates and illustrations in text. Folding map.  Gilding a bit worn. Very light wear to extremities else a clean unfoxed copy.

AB 10616. Narrative of Capt. Allen Young's expedition in his yacht 'PANDORA' (later the 'JEANNETTE') 1875-6, into Lancaster Sound, Barrow Strait, and into Peel Sound. Also contains an account of Young's sledge trips during M'Clintock's 'FOX' expedition.




Margeson, Charles A.        Experiences of Gold Hunters in Alaska.        Hornellsville, N.Y.: the Author, 1899, 1st Edition.   297pp. Very good.  Octavo.  Original brick red decorated cloth. Frontis port.  16 illustrations.  Paper a bit browned otherwise a nice copy.

Tourville 2966, Smith 6512, Wickersham 51.  Very scarce privately-printed account of the authors experiences with a large group of individuals from Conn. That went to the Copper River area of Alaska prospecting for gold.  An interesting readable account.  A family copy with the signature of Mrs. Angeline Margeson and stating bought at the Margeson sale in 1936.







Miethe, A.; H. Hergesell.   With H. Hergesell.     Mit Zeppelin Nach Spitzbergen. Bilder Von Der Studienreise Der Deutschen Arktischen Zeppelin-Expedition. Mit Einem Vorwort S.K.H. Des Prinzen Heinrich Von Preussen.        Berlin: Deutches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1911, 1st Edition.   4p.l.,292pp. Near fine.  Small quarto in original gilt lettered blue cloth with small illustration to spine and front cover. Light bump to inner bottom corner of front cover with very slight wear to boards. Light beige and blue mottled endpapers. Contemporary signature from previous owner on front free endpaper. Small crack at gutter between front endpapers. Illustrated extensively with B/W and colour photographs. Text block is clean and tight. A nice copy. Text in German.

AB 11391. Account of German Arctic Zeppelin Expedition to study West Spitsbergen and its waters in relation to airship exploration of Arctic regions with the ships Mainz, Carmen and Fonix, July-Aug. 1910.




Nansen, Fridtjof.        Farthest North. Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Fram" 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Month’s Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen with an Appendix by Otto Sverdrup Captain of the Fram.        London: George Newnes, 1898, 2nd English Edition.   xv,480; viii,456pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Two volumes. Publisher's highly decorated pictorial cloth. Gilt, red, and silver titles and decorations of an icebound Fram to front board. Gilt titles and decorations to spine. Head and tail of spines lightly bumped, else only light shelfwear. A.e.g. Some light foxing, generally to first and last few leave, else tight and clean.  A bright, attractive copy.

Nansen's account of the Fram expedition and his 15 month sleigh journey to attempt to reach the North Pole. With nearly 120 full page and in-text illustration and a colour plate and large folding map of the circumpolar Arctic. Nice copies of this set are becoming harder to find.




Nansen, Fridtjof.        Norge Og Foreningen Med Sverige.        Kristiania [Oslo]: Jacob Dybwads Forlag, 1905, 1st Edition.   [viii], 88pp. Very good.  12mo. Original printed wrappers with a few chips to extremities. Signed and inscribed by Nansen on the title page.  Internally tight and clean.

The Norwegian edition of Nansen's argument for Norwegian separation from Sweden.  Norway and Sweden had been ruled under a single monarch, based in Sweden, from 1814 until the dissolution of the union in 1905.  Leading to the dissolution, Nansen had frequently and publicly advocated Norwegian separation from Sweden. Nansen's inscription, to a Professor Bjørhus, is dated June 1905, just a month before the Norwegian parliament formally dissolved the union with Sweden.  An excellent signed Nansen item related to Norwegian independence.




Nares, Captain.        The Official Report of the Recent Arctic Expedition.        London: John Murray, 1876, 1st edition.   96pp. Very good.  Octavo (22 X 14.5 CM) Illustrated with frontispiece map showing the arctic regions and recent explorations made in H.M.Ships Alert and Discovery 1875-6. With original blue rear wrapper bound in at the rear. Bound in an attractive half calf and marbled boards binding.  A fine clean copy.

Not in AB. This is the first published account of the Arctic expedition led by Captain George Nares in the ships H.M.S. "Alert" and H.M.S. "Discovery".  This account starts with the ships leaving Upernivick on July 22nd, 1875 to find the best route to the North Pole. The ships returned to Portsmouth in October 1876 after experiencing many hardships including the outbreak of scurvy among the crew. Consists of a short synopsis of events that occurred during the expedition: "First ice sighted off Cape Sabine”, “Formation of an Ice Floe", News from Greenland Division" etc.  Scarce.



[Northwest Passage] Act of Parliament.        An Act for Giving a Publick Reward Unto Such Person or Persons, Being His Majesty's Subject or Subjects, As Shall Discover a Northern Passage for Vessels by Sea, Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; And Also Unto Such As Shall First Approach by Sea Within One Degree of the Northern Pole.        London: Charles Eyre and William Strahan,  1776.   [2], 247-250pp. Near fine.  Folio. Disbound. Three leaves; first two conjugate and third detached. A few chips to inner margins, not touching text. One old horizontal fold, else a crisp, clean example.

The second revised act after the 1745 first edition of the British Parliament offering a reward of 20,000 pounds to any British subject who traverses the Northwest Passage or who travels within 1degree of the North Pole. The Act claims that discovery of the Northwest Passage will "be attended with many advantages both to commerce and science". Not in AB.  This version is much scarcer than the first edition.




Nourse, J.E. [Arctic Medals].        Reports of Foreign Societies on Awarding Medals to the American Arctic Explorers, Kane, Hayes, Hall.        [Washington, D.C.]: U.S. Naval Observatory, 1876, 1st Edition.   [1-3], 4-70pp. Fine.  Tall octavo. Original limp blue, cloth-covered boards. Gilt titles to front board. One corner lightly bumped and a few scratches to the cloth. Contemporary gift inscription to ffep. Small marginal tear to one page archivally repaired. Front and rear flyleaves age toned. A few spots of foxing, else an excellent copy. With photographic frontis of Henry Grinnell's Advance Rescue medal.

Text in French and English. A collection of the awards given by foreign associations to Elisha Kent Kane, Isaac Hayes, and Charles Francis Hall for their Arctic explorations. Includes the text of the proclamation associated with each award. Rare in commerce. American Exchange records zero copies having appeared at auction.




Oedmann, Samuel.        Jamfoerelse Emellan Norraoch Sodra Polkresten [A Treatise on the North and South Poles].        Upsala: John Edman,  1786, 1st Edition.   [vi], 71pp. Very good.  12mo. Contemporary 1/2 calf over marbled boards. Gilt titles, ruling and decorations to spine. Rubbing and shelfwear to edges of boards and corners. Some rubbing of leather to head and tail of spine and one spine compartment. Small bit of leather perished to head of spine. Ownership signature and bookplate to front pastedown.  Some light foxing throughout, else internally tight. An attractive, unsophisticated copy.

A scarce account of polar exploration by the Swedish historian at the University of Upsala. Oedmann edited many travel narratives from the period, and this work contains analysis of the polar works by many greats, including Cook, Forster, Pages, Martens, Phipps, Ellis, Crantz, Pallas, Mueller and others.





Ogilvie, William.        Early Days on the Yukon & the Story of Its Gold Finds.        Ottawa: Thorburn & Abbott,  1913, 1st Edition.   xii,306pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.  Small Octavo in original gilt lettered red cloth with plates (including frontispiece portrait) from photos.  Fore edge untrimmed.  Original printed dust wrapper which other than a bit of a crumpled corner and a bit of abrasion is in excellent condition.

Tourville 3391.  Smith 7542.  Ogilvie was a pioneer Yukon surveyor in the late 19th century and during the Klondike Goldrush surveyed the townsite of Dawson City and many of the trails and routes to the goldrush.  This autobiography came out after his death.  It is a first hand account of many of the happenings during the critical period 1897-1900.  Rare in this condition with the original dustwrapper.






Parry, Capt. W.E.        Journals of the First, Second and Third Voyages for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in 1819-20-21-22-23-24-25, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla, Griper, and Fury, Under the Orders of Capt. W.E. Parry, R.N. F.R.S. And Commander of the Expedition. [Six Volumes].        London: John Murray,  1828-1829, 1st Collected Edition.   vi, 283; v, 270; vii, 312; vii, 295; v, 330; xix, 211pp. Very good.  16mo. Very attractive full calf binding. Six raised bands with gilt stamped decoration and lettering on spine. Simple linear gilt border to covers. All edges marbled with endpapers to match. Some rubbing to leather on covers (a few volumes showing a small amount of darkening to the leather near edges). A few of the outer corners display a slight bumping. Small decorative bookplate affixed to the front pastedown of each volume. Textblock shows a touch of foxing. B/W full page plates including frontispieces.  Folding map.

A particularly elegant set of the first collected edition of Parry's voyages.  Complete with the sixth volume which is not always present.





Payer, Julius.        Die Österreichisch-Ungarische Nordpol-Expedition in Den Jharen 1872-74.        Wien [Vienna]: Alfred Hölder,  1876, 1st Edition.   [vii], viii-xvi, 696, [xvii], xviii-cvi, [2]. Very good.  Large Octavo.  Original green and black pictorial publisher's cloth with gilt titles and Arctic scenes to front board and spine. Rear board with blindstamped panel. Beveled boards. Light shelfwear to boards. Shoulders and head and tail of spine rubbed. All edges marbled. Light damp stain to lower margins of a few pages, else internally clean with only light foxing. An attractive copy.

Arctic Biblio. 13204. First edition of Payer and Weyprecht's expedition in The Tegetthof to explore the areas northwest of Novaya Zemlya. Includes sections on the discovery and exploration of Franz Josef Land, the auroras, and effects of extreme cold on the crew.




Pfizenmayer, E.W.        Siberian Man and Mammoth.        London: Blackie & Son Limited,  1939, 1st Edition.   xii,256pp. Near fine in good to very good dust jacket.  Octavo.  Original brick red cloth boards. Gilt title on spine.  Frontis.  30 plates.  Folding map.  2 plans.  Dust wrapper has a number of closed tears, wear at the tips and joints, and a bit of general soiling.

A.B. 13495.  This appears to be the English translation of a title that appeared in Russian in 1937.  The author gives an historical review of early mammoth finds and details of two expedition he participated in during the 1901-2 and 1908 seasons.  Very scarce in original dust wrapper. See our listing for a wonderful litho of a Mammoth.





Rae, Dr. [John].        On the Esquimaux [In] Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London Vol. IV. New Series.        London: John Murray,  1866, 1st Edition.   viii, [1], 2-360pp. Near fine.  Octavo. Original dark green cloth with panel design stamped in blind to both boards. Gilt titles to spine. Discrete professional restoration to head and tail of spine. Corners lightly bumped. Foredge uncut. Presentation bookplate on front pastedown "Presented to the Bath Royal & Scientific Institution by J. S. Bartrum, Esq." Internally tight, clean and virtually free of foxing.

A very scarce copy of the Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London containing two important Arctic articles.  The first is a 13 page article by C.R. Markham, “The Arctic Highlanders,” which attempts to explain the colonization of Greenland by Inuit. Markham postulates that the Inuit travelled from Northern Siberia, along the Parry Island, to Greenland. With notes on Eskimo languages, comparing Siberian words to those spoken in Greenland. The second is a 17 page article, "On the Esquimaux" by Dr. John Rae comparing the cultures and traditions of various Inuit groups from Greenland and across the Canadian Arctic. With observations on hunting, tools, social behaviour, sexual practices, etc., made during Rae's expeditions to the Arctic. Also with various articles on native peoples in Africa, Asia, and the West Coast of North America. Attractive in the original cloth.





Rae, John.        Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847.        n.p.: Canadiana House,  1970, reprint.   viii, 247pp. Fine.  Octavo. Brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Ownership signature to ffep, else internally tight and clean. With foldout maps in the front and rear of the book.

The only reprint of Ray's expedition to the Arctic to explore the coastline from Repulse Bay west to Simpson's eastern most point. The expedition was mounted by the Hudson's Bay Company, and although they expected the trip to last 15 months, the Company only provided 4 months of provisions.  Among other important discoveries, Rae established that Boothia was a peninsula and not an island.  The first and only edition (before this reprint) of the title has long commanded great sums.  Canadiana House's reprint sold out quickly and is scarce itself.





Read, Ezra.        The Miners Return from the Klondyke: Sequel to Off to the Klondyke.        London: The London Music Publishing Stores,  [circa 1898].   8pp. Very good.  Folio. Sheet music. Two folded sheets comprising 8 pages. Illustrated self wrappers; front wrapper with title and printed photograph of "Ramona" and "Glenora," two Klondyke Stern Wheelers.  Rear wrapper with printed music. Some light chipping and age-toning to edges of wrappers. Folds with some small closed tears, one larger tear archivally repaired. Old adhesive stain to rear wrapper.

A scarce, ephemeral Klondyke item, with only two copies located on OCLC and none in North America (National Library of Australia and the British Library). A musical story of miners returning home from the Klondike with movements titled "At the Goldfields, “Fabulous Wealth," "Chums Farewell," "Over the Dangerous Chilkoot Pass" and "Home sweet Home." One movement with lyrics from a son to his mother, on her excitement about his return. (Music of the Alaska-Klondike Gold Rush 179)





Ritscher, Alfred.        Deutsche Antarktische Expedition 1938/39. Mit Dem Flugzeugstützpunkt Der Deutschen Lufthansa A.G.M.S. "Schwabenland", Kapitän A. Kotta. Ausgeführt Unter Der Leitung Von Kapitän A. Ritscher. Wissenschaftliche Und Fliegerische Ergebnisse. [2 Volumes]  Erster Band . Textteil & Bilder Und Kartenteil.        Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang,  1942, 1st .  xv,[1],304;ivpp. + plates and maps. Very good.  Two volumes, octavo. Papered wrapper issue.  Front wrapper of volume one with a bit of an old stain from something laying against it.    Volume I: 3 colour plates from photos, folding section of M.S. Schwabenland, illustrations in text from photos, drawings (including section of M.S. Schwabenland), and sketch maps, and 3 folding maps and charts (1 colour). Volume II: 57 plates (20 in 3d), and 4 folding maps (3 colour) in rear pocket with 3d glasses with original paper insert describing how to use the viewer.

Not in Spence. Taurus 127. Rare account of the German attempt to claim large portions of Queen Maud Land for the Reich using 2 aircraft dropping aluminum darts with swastikas, contains important information about a little-known sector of the Continent. Text in German.  An interesting use of early stereo photography.  Very scarce this being the only example we have encountered in paper wrappers rather than boards.  With the ownership rubber stamp of Dr. M. Harms in each volume.




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)447pp. Near fine.  Octavo. (15.5 X 23 cm.)  Bound in original gilt stamped ribbed green cloth.  Untrimmed. The text blocks are clean and fresh.  There is mild offsetting and foxing on a number of the folding and full page illustrations as usual.  Volume one contains a frontispiece, two folding charts, four full page maps, seven vignette's as chapter headings, three full page illustrations, and one folding panoramic illustration.  Volume two contains a frontispiece, eleven vignettes, two full page illustrations, two maps with one folding.

Spence 993, Rosove 276. First Edition of "one of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration." (Hill) James Clark Ross was one of the most experienced Arctic explorers, having accompanied his uncle, Sir John Ross, on his two polar expeditions. He also sailed on all four of Parry’s Arctic expeditions. On June 1st, 1831, while on the second Ross expedition, he discovered the North Magnetic Pole. In 1839 he was given command of the present expedition, the purpose of which was to conduct magnetic research and to try to reach the south magnetic pole. On this famous voyage, Ross circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, discovered the Ross Sea, Ross Island, the Ross Ice Shelf, Victoria Land, Erebus and Terror Gulf (named after the ships of the expedition), Mount Erebus, and attempted to penetrate the Weddell Sea. The expedition also visited the Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, Australia, New Zealand, Campbell Island, and the Falkland Islands. This was the first scientific expedition sent out specifically for Antarctic exploration and research. On his return to England, Ross was knighted and awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society.  Ross also commanded the Enterprise in 1848-49 on a Search for Franklin expedition.




Schweizerbart.        Mammut (Elephas Primigenius Blum.) [Lithograph].        Germany: Schweizerbart (Science Publishers),  1910.  Very good.  Original lithograph poster. 42.5" X 35" (very large). Rich colouring. In very good condition with only a couple of small closed tears to edges and slight wrinkling/rippling.

A nice image of a mammoth. Writing on the bottom of poster in German which translates to "Reconstruction of E. W. Pfitzenmayer on the basis of the 1901 and 1908 on the Sangajurachfluss Beresowka-Kolyma in the N. -O. -Siberia Eisboden excavated from the cadavers, and taking into account the Mammut-Darstellungen from the Paleolithic period. - Wohlerhalten".





Scoresby, Rev. William, DD.        Memorials of the Sea.  Sabbaths in the Arctic Regions.        London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,  1850, 2nd Edition.   viii,155,(1). Very good.  Octavo.  Original blind stamped green cloth. Spine a bit faded.  Original coated yellow endpapers. Corners a bit bumped.  A touch of mild foxing mainly at the front and rear of the text.

Arctic Biblio. 15616. The first edition was originally published in 1835 and contained 5 memorials of which this title was one.   Very scarce.




Scoresby, Rev. William, DD.        Memorials of the Sea. [Sabbaths in the Arctic Regions.]        London: James Nisbet & Co.,  1835, 1st Edition.   x,393 pp.. Near fine.  Octavo.  Bound in a full polished calf binding.  Gilt spine ruled in 6 compartments.  Marbled edges and endpapers to match. The binding is decorated with the emblem of Charles Porcher and has his bookplate on the front pastedown.  Also with the engraved bookplate of Arthur Page.  A touch of very light foxing on the preliminary pages otherwise a very nice copy with only minimal wear to the binding.

Arctic Biblio. 15616. The first edition was originally published in 1835 and contained five memorials.  The second edition is also available in this catalogue and was published in 1850. Very scarce.




Scott, Kathleen.        Homage: A Book of Sculptures by K. Scott (Lady Kennet) with a Commentary by Stephen Gwynn.        London: Geoffrey Bles,  1938, limited edition (# 1 of 100 numbered copies).   Unpaginated (40 plates, each with leaves of accompanying text]. Near fine.  Quarto. Quarter blue morocco over blue cloth boards. Spine in 6 compartments with gilt title to second. Raised bands. Single gilt filet running vertically along both boards near spine. Leather of spine darkened and lightly rubbed in a few places. Corners lightly rubbed. T.e.g. Some light foxing internally. Bookplate of Clifford Nickels Carver to front pastedown with a warm inscription to Carver from Scott [as Kennet] on ffep, "Clifford Carver from Kathleen Kennet in memory of quarter of a century's pleasant times Dec 1938." Signed by the author on limitation page. Housed in the original paper slipcase, rubbed with some small tears.

The signed, limited edition (#1 of 100 copies) of Kathleen Scott's book of sculptures.  Scott was married to Robert Falcon Scott, the Antarctic Explorer who died on the return from his final expedition to reach the South Pole in 1912. One of R.F. Scott's final letters before his death was penned to Kathleen "You know I have loved you; you know my thoughts must have constantly dwelt on you... The worst aspect of this situation is that I shall not see you again - the inevitable must be faced." Although Kathleen Scott remarried (becoming the Lady Kennet), she remained a staunch supporter of her husband until her death. She completed a large statue of R.F. Scott, pictured in this book, which has versions standing in London and Christchurch.  Other statues in this collection include those of politicians, authors, and one of Fridtjof Nansen, the Arctic explorer and statesman. From the collection of Clifford Nickels Carver, the American diplomat and friend of Kathleen.





Scott, R. F. [Sir Leslie Matthew Ward "Spy"].        Captain R.F. Scott, R.N., C.V.O [Original Chromolithograph from the World Magazine].        New Eltham: Gilbert Whitehead and Co. Ltd.,  [circa 1911].  Very good.  Chromolithograph. 14.5" X 9." Right and left margins trimmed. Slight surface creasing and a few spots; some acid burn to margins and verso of print.

A jaunty, full-length portrait of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott by British portrait artist, Sir Leslie Matthew Ward (1851 - 1922) under the pseudonym "Spy". The portrait appeared in the supplement to "The World" Magazine and is much scarcer than the Scott print that appeared in Vanity Fair.




Shackleton, Emily.        Autographed Letter to Adolphus Greely Thanking Him for His Letter of Condolences After Her Husband's Death.  1922.   [2]. Very good.  Autographed letter on mourning paper. Approximately 9" X 7". One horizontal and one vertical fold. Two brown paper hinges at top of letter. 37 lines of text in Emily Shackleton's hand-- bright, unfaded, and very readable.

An incredibly poignant and moving letter from Emily Shackleton to the Arctic explorer, Adolphus Greely, thanking Greely for his condolences on her husband's death. Emily is eloquent in her grief, expressing the profound loss she felt at her husband's death: "My Dear General Greely. It was so very kind of you to write me such a beautiful letter and to send the reviews, which influenced [?] me greatly. Your appreciation of my beloved husband's work is very precious, coming as it does from one of the world's great explorers, and your sympathy with me in my dreadful sorrow and loss touches me more than I can express. I am glad you approved of him being buried at South Georgia. I thought he would have liked it best. It is just over a year since we said "goodbye" to each other. I had no thought of any possible illness for him he seemed to bear a charmed life. I would have given anything to have been with him to the last. He seemed to have been swept away from me and it is so hard to be brave. I feel utterly lost and "lonely," as you say with such understanding sympathy. Again thanking you for writing so kindly. Believe me. Yours very sincerely. Emily Shackleton.”  Never on the market before this!




Shackleton, Sir Ernest.        South: The Story of Shackelton's Last Expedition 1914-1917.        London: William Heinemann,  1919, 1st Edition.   xxi,[1],376pp. Very good.  Octavo. Colour frontispiece and black and white plates from photos, and large folding map (at end). Original silver lettered, illustrated navy blue cloth.  Text quite browned as usual. Boards generally very bright and clean.  Minor professional repair to the spine ends and the corners.

Rosove 308.A2.  The true first of Shackleton's classic in better than normal condition.  The first edition came out at the end of World War 1 and the paper used was quite poor quality.  Soon after it was reprinted, with the second printing on superior paper.





[Shirase, Nobu] [Antarctic Exploration Japanese Game].        Nankyoku Tanken Hikoki Sugoroku [South Pole Expedition Airplane Sugoroku].        n.p.: Jitsugyo-No-Nippon-Sha,  1911.  Very good.  Offset colour lithograph. 28.5 " X 21.5." Three horizontal and three vertical folds. Some light wear to folds and a few very small holes to image.  Lower margin trimmed, touching Japanese characters, likely where playing pieces were removed.  Images by Akashi Sekishi. Colours bright and unfaded.

A rare Japanese "Sugoroku" board game, with the goal of completing a journey to Antarctica.  The game board presents the players with four starting points for their own expeditions (Tokyo, Berlin, London and New York), and they must then pass through many colourful squares depicting world landmarks (Pyramids, the Great Wall, totem poles, etc) before reaching the inner 8 squares depicting polar scenes.  The Frozen Continent sits at the centre of the board. The game was inspired by the popular Japanese Antarctic explorer, Nobu Shirase. Shirase originally hoped to be the first to the North Pole, but after Peary reported attainment of the pole in 1909, Shirase set his sights southward.  In November 1910, Shirase's expedition left for the South Pole, months after both Scott's and Amundsen's expeditions departed. Although Shirase did not reach the Pole, he explored new regions of Antarctica and returned to Japan a hero. Game not in the Shirase bibliography (Ross 2010).





[Siberia].        Mails for the Far East Via Siberia [Original Postal Broadside].        London: His Majesty's Stationary Office,  1907.  Very good.  Original broadside. 13.25" X 8.25". A few small chips and closed tears to edges, not touching text. Ink of a few words slightly smudged. Three old horizontal folds, else a clean broadside.

A scarce piece of postal ephemera advertising the new mail route through Siberia to the "Far East". The mail took a circuitous route, leaving London and arriving in Vladivostok via express train from Moscow.  The mail was then sent through the Siberian wilderness aboard Russian steamers "as opportunities offered," to destinations such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Canton. An interesting broadside, only hinting at what must have been a harrowing journey for the First Class Mail through the wild watercourses of Siberia.





[Smith, Captain C. V. and the Hydrographic Department, Admiralty].        The Antarctic Pilot. Comprising the Coasts of Antarctica and All Islands Southward of the Usual Route of Vessels.        London: His Majesty's Stationary Office,  1930, 1st Edition.   xxiv, 194pp. Very good.  Tall octavo. White moire-style cloth binding with titles in black to front board and spine. Front board lightly discoloured. Front hinge tender, else internally tight and clean. With "Notice" and "Important" slips printed on pink paper bound in.

First edition of the Antarctic Pilot, the guidebook to navigating the Antarctic coast and associated southern islands.  Includes three pages of charts (2 folding) and numerous black and white photographic plates of coastal features.  In addition to the Antarctic, the Pilot profiles the coasts of South Georgia, South Orkneys, South Shetlands, Bouvet, Prince Edward and Crozet Groups, Kerguelen, Heard, Macquarie, Emerald, Nimrod, and Dougherty islands.  Scarce in the first edition.




[South Polar Admiralty Chart] H.P. Douglas.        South Polar Chart from Various Authorities with Amendments and Additions to 1927.        London: Published for the Admiralty,  1927, 1st Edition.  Fine.  Six panel map mounted on linen. 33.5" X 27". Housed in folding cloth portfolio. One map panel mounted to recto of rear portfolio board to create a foldout map. Verso of front board of portfolio with marbled paper pastedown. Linen backing on verso of map is folded over approximately 0.5cm on recto of map margins. Small ink stamp to one panel, else map is clean, bright and unfaded.

An admiralty chart of the South Polar regions published June 10th 1927 under the supervision of Rear Admiral H.P. Douglas, CMG, Hydrographer. Map shows the routes that both Scott and Amundsen travelled to reach the pole as well as other "furthest south" points attained by vessels at sea. Includes geographical features of mapped regions (Graham Land, Coats Land, King George V Land, Queen Mary Land, etc) as well as the vast expanses of "blank" areas yet to be explored.  An excellent example of a scarce map.






[South Pole].        Un Drameau Au Pôle-Sud [Original Antarctic Paper Theater Game with Cutouts].  [circa 1905].  Very good.  Original offset lithograph paper theatre game. Appears complete with 6 background pieces (main backdrop, 4 icebergs, 1 large ship; main backdrop measures 19.5" X 9.5"), 8 foreground pieces (5 people, 1 polar bear, 1 campfire, and 1 small iceberg), the text of the play, and a small cut-out showing what the assembled theatre should look like. Most background pieces carefully mounted on stiff cardboard. A few pieces with some light stains. Main backdrop piece stapled to cardstock with one vertical crease, one horizontal crease and a few small tears. The top 3.25" and bottom 0.75" of the main backdrop scene have been folded under the cardstock with a tear along the vertical crease. A few pieces with discrete professional restoration. The people and polar bear are two-sided and have been mounted upon small pieces of wood. The text of the play (4 pages) has creases and old adhesive stains but is complete.

A charming paper "theatre," which appears to have been issued in a French newspaper or magazine, the components of which were intended to be cut out and used to enact the accompanying 9 scene "South Pole Drama". The players include "Le Docteur Gallois, explorateur", "Maugas, son rival", "Kerloch, matelot", "Jean Gallois, lieutenant de vaisseau, fils du docteur", "Gilberte Gallois, fille du docteur", and, oddly, "Un Ours blanc". The play itself is 4 pages and 9 scenes, mostly melodramatic dialogue between the players that could be acted out with the cut-out characters.  Issued during the South Pole expeditions of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton, the play was most likely inspired by the excitement, drama, and controversy surrounding the flurry of voyages to attain the pole. A scarce and fragile ephemeral piece that, despite a few faults, remains in an impressive state of preservation.





Sparrman, Anders.        Resa Till Goda Hopps-Udden, Södra Pol-Kretsen, Och Omkring Jordklotetm Samt Till Hottentott- Och Caffer-Lander, Aren 1772-76 [Cook's Second Voyage].        Stockholm: Anders J. Nordstrom; Carl Delén,  1783-1802, 1st Edition.   [vii], viii-xiii, [xiv mispaginated as xv], [1], 2-380; 381- 765, 10 folding plates; [frontis folding map], [xii], [11], 12-179, [1], 5 plates. Very good.  Octavo. Two volumes bound in three. Contemporary Scandinavian half speckled calf over yellow speckled paper-covered boards. Spine in 6 compartments ruled in gilt; leather spine label with gilt titling to second. Lightest of shelfwear to boards, corners lightly bumped. All edges speckled red. Bookplate to front pastedown of each volume. Some light foxing and age-toning, mainly to first and last few leaves of each volume. Small closed tear to margin of folding map of Southern Ocean, archivally repaired. Foredge of rhinoceros plate age-toned, else a tight, clean set. Small sample of Tapa cloth after page 178 of second part.

A beautiful example of a true Cook rarity, including the first volume (bound in two parts) of Sparrman's account of South Africa and the second part, which is wholly devoted to Cook's Second Voyage. With sample of Tapa cloth in second part. The exceedingly rare third part, published in 1818, is lacking. Anders Sparrman accompanied Cook on his Second Voyage, a multi-year expedition to map the Southern Ocean and search for the great continent, Terra Australias, hypothesised to exist at the South Pole. Sparrman joined the Voyage as a botanist during its stop in Cape Town. In addition to visiting, naming, and mapping many Southern Islands, the voyage achieved a new "farthest south," when the Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.  This feat was accomplished three times, with Cook pressing as far south as 71°10'. In the process, Cook disproved the existence of Terra Australis but predicted the existence of Antarctica beyond the ice sheets he encountered.  The fine engraved plates, most of which are folding, depict a variety of plants, animals, and native Pacific Islanders.  Also included are maps of South Africa, the Southern Ocean, and a fantastic folding engraving of Captain Cook and the Resolution beside giant icebergs in the Southern Ocean. Sparrman's account of the voyage endures as a classic of travel literature, both for his keen observations of the voyage and of Cook himself, and is a great Cook rarity (Horden House 54).  Rosove 315. Howgego S-154.




Tomlinsom, Charles.        Summer in the Antarctic Regions; A Narrative of Voyages of Discovery Towards the South Pole. With a Map of the Antarctic Regions.        London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,  [1848].   v,[2]215 pp.. Very good.  18 mo. Bound in 19th century half calf and grey cloth boards.  Gilt title and light decoration to the spine. With folding map frontispiece and 18 engraved illustrations (some full page).  A very slight bit of browning to the text otherwise a very nice copy.

Spence 1207.  The author in his introduction indicates this small volume is intended to be a supplement and companion to his work "Winter in the Arctic Regions".  The illustrations are quite nice.  As the title page is not dated, and we assume this is a slightly enhanced version of the work which originally appeared in 1848.





[Tomlinson, Charles].        Winter in the Arctic Regions. I. Winter in the Open Sea. II. Winter in a Secure Harbour. III. Winter in a Snow-Hut.        London: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,  1846, 1st Edition.   [1-7], 8-176pp. Very good.  18mo. Original brown cloth with blindstamped boarders to both boards and gilt title to spine. Discrete professional restoration to spine. Early ownership signature to front pastedown.  Some occasional light foxing, else a clean, tight and attractive copy. With a foldout map of Arctic regions.

A.B. 17881, for a later edition. A charming little guide to the mysteries of the Arctic winter, including high latitude mirages, Narwhal hunting, polar bears, ice bergs, the northern lights, and Eskimo life.  With mentions of various Arctic expeditions (Franklin, MacKenzie, Hearne, Back, Parry, etc) and an introduction on the search for the Northwest Passage. Illustrated throughout with woodcuts of wildlife, hunting scenes, and the ships of various expeditions.





Tyrrell, J.B.        [Finely Bound Collection of Ephemera Related to David Thompson, Including:] David Thompson: Explorer [Bound With] David Thompson: Canada's Greatest Geographer. An Appreciation [And] a Gala Week in Lake Windermere District. [no date].  Very good.  Large octavo. Quarter dark brown calf over green cloth. Spine in 6 compartments with gilt title on red spine label to second and "J.B. Tyrell" in gilt to third. Raised bands tooled in gilt. Leather lightly rubbed at corners and head, tail, and shoulders of spine. Some light offsetting on front and rear fep from leather turn-ins. Three pieces of ephemera bound in front of book with approximately 300 blank pages bound after. Both articles with a single vertical fold; broadside with three horizontal folds. Address label of previous owner and ownership signature of James White to ffep.

A finely bound collection of ephemera related to David Thompson, including a 12 page article by J.B. Tyrell from MacLean's Magazine ("David Thompson: Explorer;  c. 1920) with photos by Tyrell, a scarce eight page article by Tyrrell (David Thompson: Canada's Greatest Geographer) issued in conjunction with the opening of the David Thompson Memorial Fort at Lake Windermere, B.C. On August 30th, 1922, and a broadside from the Fort's opening advertising the event.  All are contained in a finely bound book with 300 or so extra pages available to insert additional ephemera related to Thompson and Tyrrell. The book bears the ownership signature of James White (1863-1928), presumably the same White who was Geographer and Chief Draftsman for the Geological Survey of Canada. White and his colleagues produced the first edition of the Atlas of Canada in 1906. (Not in Peel.)





Wyman, Gilbert.        Public Land and Mining Laws of Alaska, the Northwest Territory, and the Province of British Columbia.  This Work Contains a Careful Compilation of All the Mining Laws, and All the Public Land Laws Now in Force; Of Alaska.        Fruitvale, Alameda County, Calif.: G. Wyman,  1898, 1st Edition.   vi,(6)13-772 pp.. Good.  16 mo.  Original leather covered boards.  Red spine label, missing lower spine label.  Two page map of the Yukon River at the beginning.  Lacking the last 4 pages of the index.  Binding is quite worn.  Missing at least one blank front and rear endpaper.  Some old evidence of water staining more at the rear of the text.  Generally quite clean throughout.

Tourville. 4983.  Wichersham 4477.  Although worn, soiled and missing 2 leaves at the rear, this copy has an interesting pedigree.  The front paste down bears the following inscription: “May 6th, 1900. William Gultivan?  Sulpher Creek Yukon.”   Thus being an artifact of one of the early prospectors of just after the main rush to the Yukon.  Sulpher Creek was a small creek southeast of Dawson and was later incorporated. In addition to the ownership inscription a previous owner has made a number of pencil annotations related to the Yukon.





[Yukon Letter].        Autographed Letter Detailing Costs Associated with Timber Business in the Yukon Territory.        Stewart River, Yukon: 1910.   5pp. Very good.  5 sheets of lined paper held together with small nail in upper left corner. Last page detached. 10" X 8". Written on rectos only. Three horizontal folds across letter. Upper and lower right corners and small portion of foredge scorched, but only just touching text and not impacting readability. Some light age-toning throughout. Final page with two spots of soiling not affecting readability.

A clearly written, unfaded letter from Frank S. Neill at Camp #32 on the Stewart River to E.O. Finlaison, Manager of the Bank of B.N.A in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.  The letter, penned Jan 20th 1910, first tallies the rather substantial overdraft amount Neill has accumulated from checks issued ($6000).  Neill then details his inventory of timber and other assets, presumably to assure that his debt can be repaid.  Neill also gives costs associated with provisioning his men in the field.  An interesting Yukon letter from Stewart River in the central interior of the Territory.





[Yukon Letter] Mrs. William K. Dubell.        Autographed Letter Describing Dawson City and Its Inhabitants Dated September 1902.        Dawson City:  1902.  Very good.  Original signed letter on 4 sheets of letterhead from Occidental Hotel in Skagway, Alaska. Writing on 6 of 8 pages. Two vertical and three horizontal folds. Some light edgewear and wear to folds. Top edge lightly age-toned.

A fascinating letter, written in a clear, steady hand, wherein Mrs. Dubell relates her detailed impressions of Dawson City to a friend in New Jersey. Mrs. Dubell and her husband had recently moved to Dawson City, and Mrs. Dubell is clearly impressed and surprised by Dawson's relatively metropolitan feel.  She writes: "I see as fine dressed ladies on the street here as you will see in any large city and I think I have seen the finest looking men here as I even saw." She also notes that the Presbyterian Church cost "80,000 to build... And the music is as good as you will hear in any church." Mrs. Dubell then describes her house across the river from Dawson and remarks that "in the evening the city looks fine all lighted up with electric lights." She also details the wonderful vegetables she can grow in her garden and relates a wedding she attended of a gentlemen who moved to Dawson 4 years ago (at the height of the Gold Rush) and who just brought his intended to Dawson from California days ago for the wedding. The Dubells ran a greenhouse service in Dawson which grew produce. All in all, a great letter with detailed observations of a young and bustling Dawson City.




[Yukon, Alaska and British Columbia Map].        Map of Portions of Atlin, Bennet, and Chilkat Mining Divisions Drawn at the Lands and Works Department. Victoria, B.C.        Victoria, B.C.: Colonist Litho.,  1901.  Very good.  Linen-backed map. 40.5" X 26.5" Three-colour lithography with hand-inked boundary between Canada and Alaska. Surface of map lightly wrinkled. Manuscript title in pen on linen. Linen foxed, heavily in places, and a few pen notations in SE Alaska, else very good.

An attractive map issued just after the Klondike Gold Rush, including important launching sites for the arduous trip from Southeast Alaska to the Klondike. Skagway, Dyea, the White Pass, the Chilkoot Pass, Lake Bennett, and other important sites along the route to the Yukon are featured in the centre of the map.  The boundaries of the map include the Southern Yukon in the north (just north of 60°), the North Pacific and SE Alaska, including Juneau in the south (just north of 58°), the St. Alias Alps in west (just west of 138°) and the Teslin district in the east (133°). Also includes other settlements, Northwest Mounted Police posts, and geographic features.





[Dixon, Captain George and Portlock, Captain Nathaniel].        An Abridgement of Portlock and Dixon's Voyage Round the World, Performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788.        London: John Stockdale, 1789, 1st Edition thus.   (10),272 pp.. Very good.  Octavo. (21.8 X 13.5 cm.)  Full contemporary polished calf.  Portrait frontis.  Large folding map.  Outer joints have had minor professional repairs.  A clean copy internally.

Forbes 178, Hill, 1378, Sabin 20365. Very scarce abridged account with the text mainly derived from Portlock and with the map from Dixon.  With the bookplate, Bibliothque de MR H. Hottinguer on the front pastedown.




Byrd, Richard Evelyn.        A Short Biography of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd.        Fremont, Nebraska: Hammond & Stephens Co., 1933.   3pp. Very good to fine.  16mo.  Original red printed wrappers with die cut hole in front wrapper. Portrait on first leaf behind die cut.  Overall a very nice copy of a fragile item.

This small stapled pamphlet contains a single page bio. Of Byrd and was used for a certificate of Award for reading five books! In the South Dakota School system.  Obviously done to capitalize on Byrd's fame and get kids reading.  Great ephemera.




Updated December 24th 2013