Catalogue 112 - Winter 2012





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 Alaska Commercial Company. Steamship Lines to St. Michael and Yukon River. San Francisco: Alaska Commercial Company, [circa 1898-1999], 1st printing thus. (Wrappers) 20pp. Very good. Original printed wrappers. Two 10 page fan fold brochures with text on a total of 10 pages and three coloured maps on the reverse. Old fold repairs and a minor bit of chipping otherwise a nice clean copy.   

Not listed in any of the standard bibliographic references. Two separate sections which may have been issued separately rather than together. The first part has an excellent map showing the route from St. Lawrence Island to Dyea. The second section shows the route from San Francisco to St. Michael and a detailed map of the Klondike River Gold Fields. This map also seems to have contemporary notes in red pencil showing many other creeks. Much of the printed sections deal with the company advertising their services to prospective clients. RARE and desirable ephemera! 





[Alaska Highway]. Lower Post or Freeze 340th Engineer Regiment on the Alaska Military Highway 1942-1943. Charlotte, N.C.: Herald Press, 1944, 1st privately printed. (Hardcover) 76 unnumbered. Near fine. Quarto. Original pictorial green cloth boards. Pictorial map endpapers. Numerous black and white illustrations. Boards slightly bowed otherwise a very attractive copy.   

This is the souvenir record produced by the engineering corp that built the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks Alaska. An incredible engineering feat performed in just a year and a half. The book is very scarce and was only produced for members of the regiment and no copies were ever for sale to any person-relative, friend or interested party! Also contains a sticker "Warning to Receiving Party Due to Censorship restrictions, this book can not be sent out of the United States. Rare, the only copy I have ever seen. 





First Time Published

Amundsen, Roald. The Roald Amundsen Diaries: The South Pole Expedition 1910-1912. Oslo: The Fram Museum, #9788282350105, 2010, 1st edition. (Softcover) 411pp. As new. Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers.  New. With more than 270 colour and black and white photos from the expedition, many previously unpublished. Edited By Geir O. Klover.

"The Amundsen diaries give readers the opportunity to travel back in time to one of the highlights of international polar exploration. Amundsen kept his diary every day so we can join him from the moment when the Fram left his home south of Oslo, until the telegram about his success was published all over the world in March, 1912.  His writing takes us on an oceanographic cruise around the British Isles to Bergen, via Kristiansand and Madeira […] and then on a four-and-a-half month voyage to Antarctica; through nine months of preparations under the ice in Framheim; 99 days of sledging to the South Pole and back" (from back cover). See photograph. 




Amundsen, Roald [Geir O. Klover, Editor]. Cold Recall - Reflections of a Polar Explorer. Oslo: The Fram Museum, #9788282350037, 2009, 1st edition. (Softcover) 253pp. As new. Quarto. Original pictorial wrappers. New.  Illustrated with colour and black and white photos and reproductions of original documents.

   "Cold Recall combines the complete texts of Roald Amundsen's lectures about his expeditions through the Northwest Passage (1903-06) and to the South Pole (1910-12) with the original hand-coloured lantern slides he used to illustrate his lectures. Together they offer a unique insight into how Amundsen presented his expeditions when face to face with an international audience. They also provide the first pictorial account of his successful unlocking of the Northwest Passage and the expedition to the South Pole. [...] The 90-page appendix includes many of the letters, articles, brochures and pamphlets related to Amundsen's lecture tours" (from back cover). 



Andrews, Bro. E.W. Memoir and Eulogy of Dr. Elisha Kent Kane,  Pronounced by ...  Before the Grand Lodge of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons in the State of New York, June 5, 1857. New York: Dexter & Brother, 1857, 1st printing. (Wrappers) 64 pp. Good to very good. Octavo. Original printed wrappers. Remnants of old binding on binding edge. Front wrapper somewhat stained and top right hand corner a bit chewed away. Internally paper a bit browned.   

The only real reference to this publication is in Villarejo's Biography of Kane and one of the many tributes to Kane published after his untimely death. Worldcat gives 15 locations. See photograph.




Antarctic Club. Annual Reunion Dinner Menus. London: Antarctic Club, [no date]. (Wrappers) 4pp. Near fine. 27 menus for reunion dinners for the Antarctic Club, including the following dates: 1937, 1939, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1958-62, and 1964-80. Various sizes but generally 11.5 X 17.5 CM or larger.  All have the "Antarctic Club" logo embossed on the front wrapper. 15 of the 27 menus have the seating charts loosely inserted or separately printed. Many of the menus have been signed by attendees of the dinners. In total there are over 180 signatures in the 27 menus.   

An extensive run of the Antarctic Club's annual Dinner menus belonging to Quentin Riley. Riley became a member of the Antarctic Club on Oct. 9th, 1937 during the 9th reunion dinner and then attended again in 1939. Starting in 1939 Riley had other members sign his copy of the menu and names includes the following personalities: Rudmose Brown, Albert Armitage, H. Dickason, Frank Debenham, G. Murray Levick, Charles Wright, Cherry-Garrard, John Mather, Reginald Skelton, W.R. Colbeck, Raymond Priestly, E.N. Webb, Ernest Joyce, J.M. Wordie, T. Bagshawe, I. Meiklejohn, A Stephenson, Brian Roberts, N. Gurney, E.W. Bingham, Launcelot Fleming, Robert Ryder, John Rymill, Wilfred Hampton, Colin Bertram, Paul Victor, Vivian Fuchs, George Lowe, Ken Blaiklock, and Edward Shackleton. several of whom have signed more than once. A wonderful chance to obtain examples of the many of these Antarctic personalities. See photograph.




Armitage, Albert B. Cold Lands Experiences in the North Polar Region.        London: George Philip & Son, 1931, 1st printing. (Wrappers) 68pp. Near fine.  Small octavo. Original green printed stiff paper wrappers. Publishers file copy with rubber stamp on the back of the title page and label on front wrapper. A bright clean copy.   


Part of the Philips "New Prospect" Readers series. General editor Ernest Young. Very Scarce. Armitage's account of the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition North Polar Expedition 1894-1897 of which he was second in command. See Arctic Bibliography 7943/44. See photo.




Armstrong, Major Nevill A.D. Yukon Yesterdays Thirty Years of Adventure in the Klondike. Personal memories of the famous Klondike Gold Rush, first-hand accounts of lucky strikes, stories of Dawson in the wild 'Nineties… London: John Long Ltd., 1936, 1st Edition. 287, 8 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Octavo. Original black cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Endpaper maps. Frontis. 47 photo illustrations. The wrapper has a bit of mild restoration but is very attractive overall.   

Tourville 306. Very scarce in the wrapper. This is Armstrong's account of over 35 years of experience in the Yukon and the Klondike Gold Rush. See photo.




Armstrong, Nevill A. D. After Big Game in the Upper Yukon. London: John Long, 1937, 1st Edition. 287pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Octavo. Bound in original black cloth. Gilt lettering on the spine. A little mild dust soiling to the top of the text block. Wrapper has a bit of light chipping to the top and bottom of the spine, a few old creases and light reinforcing to the rear folds otherwise the panoramic image is very attractive and bright. Photo plates, maps, endpaper maps.   

 Tourville 305. An account of three extended trips in 1914, 1925, and 1926 to the MacMillan River and its tributaries in the upper Yukon River area. The trip in addition to being a hunting expedition also made many natural history observations, recording rare flowers, and one new species of Caribou. Very scarce in the wrapper especially in this condition. See photo. 




Back, Captain George. Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River, and Along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835. London: John Murray, 1836, 1st large paper edition. x,[2],663,[1]pp. Very good. Quarto (24 X 29.5 cm). Bound in two volumes in 19th century half morocco and green pebbled cloth boards.  Morocco corners. Five raised bands. Sixteen mounted proof plates. Large folding map. Mild foxing to the blank endpapers at the front and back of each volume. Some light foxing to the margins of the plates. Generally a very clean copy with only very minor foxing in the text.   

Artic Biblio. 851; Streeter 3705. Back, who had been with Franklin on both of his overland expeditions, was here sent out to locate John Ross, unreported after three winters in the Arctic. He traveled overland to Great Slave Lake, where he received news of Ross' return to England; Back however continued on, descending the Fish (now Back) River then unexplored, to the Arctic Ocean. This is the very scarce large paper Admiralty issue of the book. It was produced to match the quarto issue of Beechey's Narrative. With the bookplate of Philip Hammond in each volume and in gilt on the front board of each volume as well. 




Back, Captain, R.N. Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River, and Along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835. London: John Murray, 1836, 1st Edition.   x,(1),663,8,4pp. Very good. Octavo. Bound in original blind stamped gilt lettered grey cloth. Original coated yellow endpapers, somewhat stained as normal for this title. 14 full page illustrations including frontis. Title page has some offsetting from the frontis. Large folding map at rear. Untrimmed copy with many pages unopened.  The text is generally very clean. The outer edges of the plates have moderate foxing which generally does not affect the image. The two publisher's catalogues at the rear are dated May, 1836. A very nice unsophisticated copy.   

AB 851. Account of an expedition, to aid members of the Ross Expedition, in 1832-5. Upon hearing of Ross's return to England, Back traveled down the Slave River to Great Slave Lake, up Hoarfrost River and down the Great Fish River, which bears his name, to the Arctic coast. This is the first trade edition. A large quarto paper issue was also published the same year. 




Balchen, Bernt. "Blizzard, Rockefeller Mts. Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1929" Original Watercolour Painting. 1954. Very good. Original watercolour painting. Image size 51 X 67 cm. Painted on heavy card stock.  Remnants of old mounting paper on back. Signed and dated on the front. A clean unfaded image.   

Balchen was on Byrd's first Antarctic Expedition and was Senior in Charge of Aviation. He went on to become one of the world's polar and aviation experts. He was an accomplished artist and in later life spent quite a bit of time painting the frozen places and events he witnessed. The Rockefeller Mountains were discovered in 1929 on Byrd's first expedition and in this image Balchen shows the aircraft grounded in a snow storm. Byrd describes the discovery of the mountain range on page 126-28 of his book Little America. There is an old price on the bad of the painting of $200.00. We have several of Balchen's paintings in stock, please inquire. See front cover.





Barr, William. Complete Collection of William Barr's Reprints and Articles. Various: Various, 1971-2012. Near fine. Most of the offprints are either quarto or octavo in size. They are mainly stapled together. All housed in a cardboard box. A detailed list is available upon request.   

This collection of 90 reprints and photocopies of polar historian Bill Barr's articles (totaling several hundred pages) represents the product of his 40-year career of publishing on polar history. Most are on arctic topics but a few deal with the Antarctic. The Canadian Arctic, Svalbard and the Russian/Soviet Arctic are all well represented. Topics dealt with range in date from the early 17th century to 1983. A unique opportunity to obtain the complete output of this noted polar historian. 




[Barrie, J. M.] Like English Gentlemen the Glorious Story of Capt. Scott by the Author of Where's Master. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [circa 1913]. (Wrappers) 61pp. Good to very good. 16 mo. (12 X 17 cm.) Original printed wrappers with onlay coloured illustration on the front wrapper. Unpaginated. Covers a bit soiled. Illustration a bit faded.   

Spence 1047. The story of Scott's Last Expedition intended for a young audience including Scott's son Peter by J.M. Barrie. While the normal version of the title appears in hard cover we have not encountered this  wrappered version before. The illustration on the front wrapper is planting the British flag at the pole and with a quote saying "Our sons will die like English gentlemen -Wendy". We assume this is a later issue or reprint. 





Beddard, F.E. A Book of Whales. London: John Murray, 1900, 1st Edition.   xv,320,10pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Octavo. Original red decorated cloth. Gilt title on spine. Frontis. 40 illustrations. Original orange decorative dust wrapper. Old repaired tear across half the front of the wrapper otherwise a very nice copy.   

Jenkins p. 79. Rare in the original dust wrapper and especially so in this condition. A volume in the Progressive Science series. 




Bernier, Capt. J. E. Report on the Dominion of Canada Government Expedition to the Arctic Islands and Hudson Strait on Board the D.G.S 'Artic'. Ottawa: Goverment Printing Bureau, 1910, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  xv,529 pp. Very good. Octavo. Numerous full page photo illustrations.  Complete with the separately issued portfolio of charts and facsimiles of which 7 are in the envelope and the other 2 are bound in the text volume. Original brown cloth variant as the book was also issued in green cloth. Touch of wear on the top and bottom of spine.   

Apparently not in Arctic Bibliography. This is only the second copy I have handled complete with the separately issued envelope of maps. This being the report of Bernier's second northern trip for the purpose of "patrolling the waters contiguous to that part of the Dominion of Canada already annexed, and for the further purpose of annexing territory of British Possesions as far West as longitude 141 degrees". A very scarce and rare item. 





Bessels, Emil. Die Amerikanische Nordpol-Expedition. Leipzig: Verlag Von Wilhelm Engelmann, 1879, 1st Edition. xx,647 pp. Near fine. Octavo (17.5 X 24.5 cm.) Original silver gilt decorated green cloth with titling on the front board and the spine. Brown coated endpapers. Armorial wax seal (2.5 CM) at the base of the spine. Numerous woodcut illustrations in text. Six full page illustrations. Folding table and several diagrams. Folding colour map at the rear. 19th century bookplate on front pastedown. Several tipped in contemporary newspaper clippings. Contents are clean and tight. A very attractive copy.   

 Arctic Biblio. 1503. Rare especially in this condition. Bessels was the chief science officer under Charles Francis Hall on the ill-fated Polaris expedition. Hall died during the expedition with Bessels being accused of poisoning him. The crew split up and both parties eventually made it to safety. In the late 1960's Chauncey Loomis visited Hall's grave site and exhumed the body proving a large increase in arsenic had occurred in the last two weeks of Hall's life! See photograph.





Boothe, Joan. The Storied Ice Exploration, Discovery, and Adventure in Antarctica's Peninsula Region. Berkeley: Regent Press, #978-1-58790-224-6, 2011, 1st hard cover edition. IX,373pp. Fine. Octavo. Original coated decorative printed boards. Endpaper maps. Extensively illustrated with maps and plates. As new.   

A brand new, extensive, well written contribution to Antarctic literature. Signed and dated by the author. 





Bourquin, Theodor. Grammatik Der Eskimo=Sprache,Wie Fie Im Bereich Der Missions=Niederlassungen Der Brudergemeine Au Der Labradorluste Gesprochen Mird. London: Moravian Mission Agency, 1891, 1st Edition. xx,415 pp. Very good. Octavo. Original brown cloth. Old dark stain on the top third of the rear board. Small snag on the spine. Coated yellow endpapers. Other than the stain a very nice copy.   

From the Moravian archives in Nain Labrardor with their rubber stamp and early inscription on the front endpaper. Rare. Bourquin was the superintendent of the Moravian Missions in Labrador. Pilling notes on P13 of his bibliography that Bourquin was preparing an Esquimaux Grammar which was to be published in 188 or 1887.





Bray, Emile Frederic De. A Frenchman in Search of Franklin: De Bray's Arctic Journal, 1852-1854. Translated and Edited by William Barr [Signed]. Toronto Buffalo London: University Toronto Press, #0-8020-2813-6, 1992, 1st Edition. xxii,339pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Octavo with frontispiece portrait and illustrations in text from photos.

An account of Enseigne-de-vaisseau de Bray's service on board the Resolute during the Franklin Search expedition, based on his diaries, with an introduction, postscript and extensive notes by William Barr.  Signed by the editor on the title page. 




Brontman, L. On the Top of the World  the Soviet Expedition to the North Pole 1937  Edited and with a Forward by Academician O.J. Schmidt  Hero of the Soviet Union. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1938. Very good in very good dust jacket. Octavo. Original black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Top and fore edge of the text block have mild foxing. 24 illustrations. Two maps including 1 folding. Original white pictorial dust wrapper. Other than mild soiling to the edges of the dust wrapper a great copy.   

Arctic Biblio 2240. This is the English translation of the authors Naverhsine Mira and gives an account of the U.S.S.R expedition to the North Pole by air. Very scarce in the wrapper. See photograph.




Bull, Colin and Wright, Pat. Silas. The Antarctic Diaries and Memoir of Charles S Wright. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, #0-8142-0548-8, 1993, 1st Edition. xxx,[2],418pp. Near fine. Octavo. Original blue cloth in matching blue cloth slipcase. Endpaper illustrations. Illustrations in text from photos and drawings by Pat F. Wright (including maps). Special edition printed on 50 pound Glatfelter Acid free paper.   

This is the special limited signed edition signed by both Colin Bull and Pat Wright, both of which have passed away. 137/150 copies. Account of Scott's last expedition by the expedition's physicist and glaciologist based on his diaries and letters. 




Byrd, Rear-Admiral Richard E. Souvenir Program and Business Directory of a Lecture by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Bridgeport, CT: Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, 1936, 1st printing. (Wrappers)  [20]. Very good.  Octavo. Original illustrated blue wrappers. Six illustrations. Portrait of Byrd on the front wrapper. Tiny bit of soiling on the wrappers otherwise very nice condition.   

The first five pages are just devoted to Byrd with the rest of the pamphlet being a local business directory. Intermixed in the directory are highlights of Byrd's expeditions. Great Byrd ephemera and not in any of the standard bibliographies. 




Chatwin, Bruce. In Patagonia. London: Johanthan Cape, #0-224-01419-6, 1977, 1st U.K. edition. 204 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Tall octavo.  Original blue cloth with gilt stamping on spine. Map endpapers. Frontis. Map.  14 photographic illustrations. Dust wrapper is unchipped and not price clipped.  A touch of fading on the spine but overall a pleasing copy. An interesting modern armorial bookplate loosely inserted.   

This is the true first edition and first book by the charismatic Chatwin.

See photograph.




Conway, Sir Martin. With Ski & Sledge Over Arctic Glaciers. London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1898, 1st edition. (Hardcover)  ix,235  pp. Very good. Small Octavo. Original mustard coloured cloth. Spine a bit darkened. Old school prize label on front paste down as well as an attractive gilt school stamp on the front board. Top edge gilt and rest of book untrimmed. Photogravure frontispiece and 13 B&W plates from photos. Folding coloured map at end, else a very good copy of a very scarce work.   

Arctic Biblio 3386. This volume is generally regarded as a supplement to Conway's "First Crossing of Spitsbergen" written in 1897. The two volumes contain his very detailed account of his 1896 and 1897 explorations of the interior of the island. See photograph.





Cook M.D., Frederick A. To the Top of the Continent. Discovery, Exploration and Adventure in Sub-Arctic Alaska. The First Ascent of Mt. McKinley, 1903-1906. Illustrated from Photographs by the Author, a Frontispiece in Color, Drawings, and Maps. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1908, 1st edition. (Hardcover)  xxi,1l.,321pp. Near fine. Octavo. Colour frontispiece from a painting by Russel W. Porter, B&W plates (both sides) from photos, and illustrations (including maps). In original decorated green cloth, top edge gilt.  Loosely inserted is a U.S. 15 cent stamp of Mount McKinley.   

AB 3390; Neate C123. Narrative of two expeditions in 1903 and 1906 to Mount McKinley, with a detailed description of the approaches and routes. It was on the latter expedition that Cook claimed to have made the first ascent of McKinley. Part of the famous Cook-Peary Controversy. This copy inscribed and signed by Cook to Mr. Ben F. Field and dated San Francisco March 15, 1913. Very scarce in this condition and signed. 





Cook, Frederick A. My Attainment of the Pole. Being the Record of the Expedition That First Reached the Boreal Cinter 1907-1909. With the Final Summary of the Polar Controversy.  New York: Polar Publishing Co., 1911, 1st Edition. xx,[2],604pp. Very good. Quarto in original gilt lettered illustrated brown cloth. 31 plates (including frontispiece portrait), illustrations, diagrams, and facsimiles. Foredge has some minor old staining. A bit of old staining on the spine otherwise the spine is bright. Generally very clean and crisp contents.   

Arctic Biblio 3389. Inscribed and signed by Cook in 1912 on the front free endpaper, at the Lotos Club in New York City. Cook's narrative of his shoe-string expedition on which he claimed to have reached the north pole. The first edition is much scarcer than the 1912 and 1913 reprints. Although Cook signed quite a few copies of the reprints, a nice copy of the true first edition is much more difficult to find. 




Cook, Frederick A. Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-1899. A Narrative of the Voyage of the "Belgica" Among Newly Discovered Lands and Over an Unknown Sea About the South Pole. London: William Heinemann, 1900, 1st UK Edition. (Hardcover) xxiv, 478pp. Very good.  Octavo. Original blue decorated cloth. Untrimmed. Four colored plates, many others from photos. Map. Spine a bit dull otherwise a very attractive copy.   

Spence 311. Narrative of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition under Gerlache. Cook served as surgeon and anthropologist and Amundsen was first mate. This first UK edition seems scarcer than the US edition. 




Cow, John. Remarks on the Manner of Fitting Boats for Ships of War and Transports: Addressed to the Officers of the Royal Navy, and Royal Artillery. London: W. Clowes and Sons, 1848, 3rd Edition. xiv,15-102 pp. Very good. Small octavo. Original brown cloth with decoration. Rebacked with original spine laid back down. Litho frontispiece. 4 plates including 2 folding. Title a bit browned. A few minor chips on the bottom of the first few pages.   

The Frontispiece is entitled the H.M. Ship Hecla Capt. W.E. Parry on Shore in Hecla Cove and Her Bower Anchor being laid out by her 25 foot Cutter, August 1827. Cow references Parry's North Pole expedition on several pages and describes the importance of the 25 foot cutter. The frontis illustrates this. There appears to have been several editions of the book of which all are quite scarce. See photograph.




Davidson, George. The Alaska Boundary. San Francisco: Alaska Packers Association, 1903, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) 235pp. Very good. Tall Octavo. Frontispiece portrait and 2 large folding maps. Original brown cloth with beige patterned endpapers. Presentation bookplate on front pastedown. Uncommon.   

Howes D-88 "Small edition"; A.B. 3693 - "Well documented paper covering the boundary dispute from the Russo-British Treaty, 1825, to the decision of the Boundary Tribunal, 1903. Includes chapters on discovery and exploration of Alaska, older maps...". 




Del Mar, Alex. California-Klondyke Mining and Exploration Co.  ... Prospectus. New York: Alex Del Mar, [circa 1897-1998]. 4pp. Near fine.  Folio. (21.5 X 34.5 cm.) Four page printed brochure. Three fold lines. Chicago agents red rubber stamp on the upper right hand corner. A very nice copy.   

No other copy located. Rare. The opening remarks of the prospectus read "This Company is formed to prospect for, locate, acquire, work and sell mines and mining claims, both of placer and quartz, in the Klondyke regions of Alaska and elsewhere, giving the preference in its selection of prospectors, miners, workmen and other employees, to shareholders in the Company." the rest of the prospectus makes it sound like you buy in and then they ship you to the Klondyke and then bring back the richs! One and a half pages deal with the way things work and two pages are testimonials from miners having returned and how they became rich. All of these are dated 1897. After reading many of the claims, I even would have gone up myself. 





Dole, Nathan Haskell. America in Spitsbergen the Romance of an Arctic Coal-Mine with an Introduction Relating the History and Describing the Land and the Flora and Fauna of Spitsbergen. Boston: Marshall Jones Company, 1922, 1st Edition. xvii,440;ix,484 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Octavo. Bound in the original blue cloth boards. Gilt lettering on spine.  Top edge gilt. Foredge and bottom edge untrimmed. Frontis portrait in each volume. 61 plates in the two volumes. Two page sketch map in the rear of Vol. 2. A fine clean set in the original brown paper wrappers.   

Arctic Biblio. 4042. A detailed history of the Arctic Coal Company mine at Longyear City in Advent Bay. Very scarce. 





Downes, P. G. Sleeping Island. The Story of One Man's Travels in the Great Barren Lands of the Canadian North. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1943, 1st Edition. vii,296pp. Very good in very good dust jacket. Octavo in original orange lettered green cloth. Red top edge. Endpaper maps. 24 pages of illustrations from photos. Dust wrapper has minor wear at the top and bottom of spine otherwise it quite presentable with little or no fading.   

Arctic Biblio. 4094. Account of a school teacher's summer trip through Northern Manitoba to Nuelton Lake and back via the Pas. Quite scarce with a nice dust wrapper. 





Dunlop, Andrew. The Life of Vice-Admiral Sir Robert John Lemesurier McClure C.B. Arctic Explorer and Discoverer of the North West Passage (1807-1873).  Salisbury: M.O. Collins LTD, #0 86919 031 8, 1977, 1st privately printed edition. 48 pp. Very good in very good dust jacket. Small Quarto. Original blue gilt stamped boards. Frontis port. Two maps. Dust wrapper is a bit soiled and with a few small old ink marks on the front wrapper, but otherwise a very presentable copy.   

Very scarce privately printed biography of McClure by a family member from Rhodesia. 






Dyer, E. Jerome. The Routes and Mineral Resources of North Western Canada. London: George Philip & Son, 1898, 1st Edition. xx,268pp. Near fine. Octavo in original gilt lettered blue cloth. Yellow coated endpapers with three maps (two folding - including large colour map at end). A very attractive clean crisp copy.   

Wickersham 1398. Very Scarce compilation from other sources describing the mining fields being developed, the routes to the Yukon and the far North West Territories with accounts, of the Klondike gold rush, methods of mining, the navigation  of the rivers, with distances of routes, the conditions to be encountered and suggested outfits. The publishers own copy with their stamp on the front endpaper.  





Finnie, Richard. Canol. The Sub-Arctic Pipleline and Refinery Projects Constructed by Bechtel-Price-Calahan for the Corps of Engineers United States Army 1942-1944. San Francisco: Ryder & Ingram, [circa .1945], 1st Edition. (Hardcover) ix,201pp. Fine. Folio in original green cloth and colour endpaper illustrations with numerous B&W and colour illustrations in text from photos, maps, etc.   

Arctic Bibl. 21811. Privately printed and scarce account of the construction of the Norman Wells oil field in the Yukon during WW 2. 




Flaherty, Robert. The Captain's Chair: A Story of the North. London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1938, 1st Edition. 315,[1]pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Small Octavo in original green cloth with front endpaper map. Original pictorial illustrated dust wrapper. Minor chipping at the top of the spine. Spine a bit darkened. Otherwise a very attractive copy.   

The first novel by the author and director of well known Nanook of the North. Inscribed on the half title to Sir Frederick O'Connor "with the hope that one day we go East together Robert Flaherty 56 Glebe Place  London  November 22/38." Scarce in this condition, with the wrapper and nice inscription. The novel takes place on a trip from St. Johns Newfoundland around Hudson's Bay and back to England. See Photo. 





Forbes, L.M. Captain Robert Falcon Scott R.N. Cambridge: Scott Polar Research Inst. [circa 1980], 1st printing. 16pp. Near fine. Octavo. (13.5 X 21 cm) Bound in full dark blue pebbled calf. Dark blue cloth endpapers. Original glassine still present. Title and Scott's birth information printed in gold on front board. 6 full page black and white photo illustrations. Boards a bit bowed otherwise a very nice copy.   

Rosove 1109. Forbes was a curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and this pamphlet seems to have been produced to coincide with the opening of a new wing at the Institute. The normal version of the pamphlet seems to have been in white wrappers with this version in leather probably produced for presentation and scarce. 





Fuchs, Sir Vivian. With Sir Edmund Hillary. The Crossing of Antarctica: The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58. London: Cassell, 1958, 1st edition. xv,[3],338pp. Very good in good to very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Illustrated with black and white and coloured plates (both sides) from photos and maps. Original blue cloth with silver lettering on spine in dust jacket. Endpaper maps. Signed and dated 1958 by Sir Vivian Fuchs on half title page. Top edge a bit dust soiled.   

Spence 490. Account of the 1955-58 British Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic expedition led by Fuchs who would become the first person to cross Antarctica by land. Sir Edmund Hillary led the NZ party responsible for laying depots for Fuchs return from the Pole to the Ross Sea. Hillary set up Scott Base on Ross Island, explored the Ross Sea Basin and then via the Skelton Glacier established Depot 700. Meant as his furthest point south, but with a month to wait for Fuchs, Hillary continued on to the Pole, reaching it on Jan 4, 1958, becoming the third person to do so by land. Fuchs meanwhile had left Shackleton Base on Nov. 24, 1957, with the main party reaching the Pole on Jan. 20, 1958 where he was met by Hillary, and continued on to Depot 700 on Feb 7, 1958 where Hillary, who had flown back from the Pole, guided his party to the Ross Sea. Fuchs while at McMurdo Station was knighted by telegram, for becoming the first man to cross Antarctica by land.  While the book is quite common and many copies have been signed by Ed Hillary and George Lowe actual copies signed by Fuchs and not with tipped in signatures are becoming uncommon. 




Galloway, W.B. The North Pole the Great Ice Age and the Deluge with an Appendix on the Differing Magnetic Phenomena of the South. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co, Limited, 1900, 1st printing. (Wrappers) 44 pp. Very good. Octavo. Bound in modern blue stiff paper wrappers. One folding diagram. A clean copy.   

Arctic Biblio 5494."Discussion of biblical and geological explanations of the phenomena mentioned in the title" Scarce. 




Galton, Francis. The Art of Travel; Or, Shifts and Contrivances Available in Wild Countries. London: John Murray, 1872, 5th Edition. viii,(1),366 pp. Very good. 16 mo. Original green gilt stamped cloth. Very finely rebacked with the original spine, at an early date. Frontis illustration. Numerous vignette illustrations in text.   

Fifth edition of this popular guide for organizing an expedition anywhere in the world. Galton revised his book as new information and techniques were developed. Chapters include organizing the expedition, bedding, clothing, hostilities, and much on snow. 




Gilkerson, William. An Arctic Whaling Sketchbook. Fairhaven, Massachusetts: Published by Edward J. Lefkowicz, Inc. 1983, 1st edition limited to 120 numbered and signed copies (100 for sale). (Hardcover issued without dust jacket) unpaginated. Fine. Folio in original silver lettered light grey cloth with illustrations by the author from sketches originally done for the paintings and drawings in his work 'American Whalers.'   

This is copy 120/120 and is a companion volume to Gilkerson's superbly illustrated American Whalers in the Western Arctic.  See item this catalogue along with original watercolours. With original prospectus material laid in loosely. 




Gilkerson, William. Original Watercolour Painting for American Whalers in the Western Arctic Titled Bark Helen Mar Clearing Prince of Wales Shoal, Oct 29, 1897. William Gilkerson, 1982. Near fine. Original watercolour painting on heavy handmade card stock. Image size 44.5 X 32 cm.   Hand titled and signed below the image and also signed and dated in the image with the artists monogram. Remnants of old mounting hinges on the rear of the board. A touch soiled on the edges. A fine clean unfaded image.   

This is the original illustration for the plate opposite page 26 of American Whalers in the Western Arctic. The image depicts the ice covered ship in heavy seas. The ship and the sea have amazing detail and give the viewers a sense of the rough conditions. Included with the original watercolour is copy of the hand signed print. Gilkerson originals especially with an arctic theme are scarce. See front cover.




Gilkerson, William. Original Watercolour Painting for American Whalers in the Western Arctic Titled Steam Whaler Mary D. Hume in a Blow 1982. William Gilkerson, 1982. Near fine. Original watercolour painting on heavy handmade card stock. Image size 25.5 X 33 cm. Hand titled and signed below the image and also signed in the image with the artists monogram.  Remnants of old mounting hinges on the rear of the board. A touch soiled on the edges. Old label on rear of board identifying the image. Rear of board a bit stained. A fine clean unfaded image.   

This is an original study for American Whalers in the Western Arctic. The image depicts the ship steaming along in heavy seas. This original was not used for the book. See photograph on front cover.




Gilkerson, William Text by John Bockstoce. American Whalers in the Western Arctic. The Final Epoch of the Great American Sailing Whaling Fleet.  2 Volumes. Fairhaven, Massachusetts: Edward J. Lefkowicz, Inc. 1983, Limited Edition of 400 copies. (Hardcover) 48 pp. Fine. Oblong folio. Quarter sea-blue leather and light-blue cloth boards with silver lettering. Number 60 of 400. Heavily illustrated with 12 colour plates and numerous pen and ink sketches. Volume 2 is a portfolio of 12 loose lithographs on high-quality paper done by the marine artist, author and historian and encased in a matching light-blue cloth binding. Paper: 15" by 19" Image:  12.25" by 17.25".   

From his website: "Gilkerson's drawings, watercolours, and oils have been featured in a dozen major institutional exhibitions; they have been anthologized and reproduced in scores of books, magazines, and on film. As of this moment, some 50 prints and lithographs of his pictures have been produced." Each print in the portfolio is signed by Gilkerson. We also have in stock many of the individual images from the portfolio for sale in signed and unsigned copies. Please enquiry if you would like a separate list. See photograph on front cover. 




Hall, Charles Francis. Life with the Esquimaux: The Narrative of Captain Charkes Francis Hall of the Whaling Barque "George Henry, from the 29th May, 1860, to the 13th September, 1862. With the Results of a Long Intercourse with the Innuits, and Full Description of Their Mode of Life, the Discovery of Actual Relics of the Expedition of Martin Frobisher of Three Centuries Ago, and Deductions in Favour of Yet Discovering Some of the Survivors of Sir John Franklin's Expedition. London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1864, 1st Edition. xvi,324;xii,352pp. Near fine. Two volumes. Octavo in original half polished calf and marbled boards. Heavily gilt spine with two tone title labels. All edges and endpapers marbled to match the boards. Engraved frontispiece portrait, plates (included in pagination) and illustrations drawn by Charles Parsons, W.S.L. Jewett, H.L. Stephens, Granville Perkins, and S. Eytinge, after sketches by the author, photographs, and from implements and clothing collected among the Esquimaux. Large folding map (at end of Vol. I). A very attractive clean copy of the preferred first UK edition.   

A.B. 6485. Narrative of Hall's first Arctic expedition in 1860-62, financed by public subscription under the auspices of the American Geographical Society. They sailed in the 'George Henry' to Holsteinborg, W. Greenland, then across Davis Strait to Cornelius Grinnell Bay, Baffin Island, explored Cyrus Field and Frobisher Bay by sledge and small boat, during which they located the ruins of Martin Frobisher's stone house, several relics, and traces of his gold mining venture of 1576-78. 





Headland, R. K. A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration a Synopsis of Events and Activities from the Earliest Times Until the International Polar Years, 2007-09. London: Quartich, #978-0-9550852-8-4, 2009, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) 722 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Folio. 40 plates. 8 Histograms. 27 maps. As new in the original decorative dust wrapper.   

The revised edition of Headland's earlier publication from 1989 printed in a larger format. 




Henson, Matthew A. A Negro Explorer at the North Pole. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1912, 1st Edition. xii,200pp. Near fine in good dust jacket. Small Octavo. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait and 3 plates (both sides) from photos. Original blue cloth with white lettering and b/w portrait of Henson mounted on front cover. Spine unfaded and without the usual flaking off of the lettering. The original dust wrapper has about 3 cm. Missing from the bottom of the spine and a larger chip on the top of the spine affecting the lettering. Also a chip on the front panel affecting the title. Old ownership signature on the front pastedown. A clean copy with no internal problems.   

Not in A.B. Racism in the 1950's? and very scarce indeed especially in the dust wrapper. Henson was Peary's black companion on all but his first trip to the Arctic, and the only other member on Peary's last expedition that was allowed to go to the Pole. The book was apparently quite unsuccessful, with few copies sold. You can imagine how much attention was paid to a book by a black man in 1912. See photo. 




Hohman, Elmo Paul. The American Whaleman. A Study of Life and Labor in the Whaling Industry. New York: Longmans, Green and Co. 1928, 1st Edition. xiv,355pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Octavo in original beige cloth with gilt lettered black labels on spine and front matching corners.   16 plates (including frontispiece) from photos. Original dust wrapper which has a half inch by 1.5 CM X 4 CM chip at the top of the spine extending onto the front. Minor soiling otherwise a very bright clean wrapper. The text is generally very clean.   

Jenkins p.109. Has a small section on whaling towards both poles. Uncommon in the attractive pictorial dust wrapper. See photograph. 




Hoppin, B. A Diary Kept While with the Peary Arctic Expedition of 1896 [Caption Title]. Np: Privately Printed for the Author, 1897, 1st Edition.   80pp. Very good. Octavo. Original blue cloth with gilt titling on the front board. Boards very slightly bowed. One plate and one map. Very slight wear to the boards. Inscribed and signed by author, October 31, 1897.   

Arctic Bibl. 7401. A very scarce and privately printed account, apparently given to friends by Hoppin, who was the expedition's mineralogist. See photograph.




Hrdlicka, Ales. The Aleutian and Commander Islands and Their Inhabitants. Philadelphia: Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, 1945, 1st Edition. xx,630pp. Near fine. Tall Octavo. Original blue gilt stamped cloth boards. 239 illustrations and maps. A very clean attractive copy of a large and heavy book which does not appear in this nice of condition very often.   

Arctic Biblio. 7468. This is the results of the Smithsonian Sponsored Expeditions to the Aleutian and Commander Islands in 1936-38. 




Hrdlicka, Ales. The Anthropology of Kodiak Island. Philadelphia: Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, 1944, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) xix,486pp. Very good. Small Quarto in original blue cloth. Spine lettering a bit worn.  With 23 illustrations in text from photos, drawings, and maps. A very clean attractive copy.   

Arctic Bib. 7477; Tourville 2210. A basic work, and very scarce. 




Hutton, Samuel King. A Shepherd in the Snow the Life Story of Walter Perrett of Labrador. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1936, 1st Edition. 285 pp. Very good. Octavo. Original blue cloth with black lettering on the spine.  Unillustrated as issued. Other than a bit of cover soiling and the dust soiling to the top edge a very nice copy.   

O'Dea 2223. Very scarce biography, the only copy we have encountered. Perrett was a Moravian Missionary in Labrador in the late 19th / early 20th century. 




Jenkins, James Travis. Whales and Modern Whaling. London: H.F. & G. Witherby Ltd., 1932, 1st Edition. 239pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket.  Octavo. Original green cloth. 32 illustrations. Top edge a bit dusty. Foredge a bit foxed. Generally very clean. The illustrated wrapper has bit of wear at the extremities and soiling BUT is complete.   

 By the author that compiled the standard whaling bibliography.  Including whaling in the Antarctic and a section on Roy Chapman Andrews. Scarce in this condition and with the wrapper. See photo.




Jochelson, Waldemar. History, Ethnology and Anthropology of the Aleut.        Washington: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1933, 1st Edition.   v,[3],91pp. Very good. Small Folio (approximately 30.5cm tall) in gilt lettered green cloth with illustrations from photos. Covers a tiny bit bowed. Small private hand stamp on front pastedown.   

Arctic Bibl. 8136. One of several reports on Kamchatka and the Aleutians resulting from the Kamchatka-Aleutian Expedition sent to the area in 1909-10 by the Imperial Russian Geographical Society of Petrograd with the backing of the Moscow banker F. P. Riaboushinsky. All are quite scarce.  Series: Carnegie Institution of Washington. Publication No. 432.




Kean, Captain Abram. Old and Young Ahead. A Millionaire in Seals Being the Life History of Captain Abram Kean, O.B.E. London: Heath Cranton Limited, 1935, 1st Edition. 219pp. Very good in good to very good dust jacket.  Octavo in original blue cloth and slightly soiled and chipped dust jacket with 8 plates (including frontispiece portrait). Endpapers with a moderate bit of foxing. Scarce in the wrapper. Foreword by Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

A.B. 8469. Autobiography of a Newfoundlander, noted for his work in the cod and seal fisheries. 




Klondike. Klondike Outfit. Chicago: Alaska Minining and Trading Co. [circa 1898]. (Broadside) 1pp. Very good. Single page broadside 21.5 X 28 cm.  Folded in three places with one fold professionally repaired.   

Wonderful single page broadside advertising the sale of a "Complete Miners Outfit" which can be delivered to Athabaska Landing (Alberta) for only $250.00. The Complete outfit is listed along with costs of taking the Outfit further along the river system past Athabaska Landing. Details of the 'Back Door' route into the gold fields are given. Rare. We have never seen anything like this before and especially since it is promoting the All Canadian Route. 





Klondike. Klondike Puzzle the Object of This Puzzle Is to Get the Three Gold Bugs into the Klondike Through the Pass. Alliance Ohio: Novelty Capsule Co. [circa 1910]. Very good. The puzzle consists of a small cardboard box (7 X 1.5 X 7 CM) which contains 3 small weighted gold coloured pill shaped pieces. Attached to the bottom of the box is a map on the Klondike with a small gold tray in the middle. The object being to get the three pieces in the middle at one time. Other than some soiling on the box the puzzle is in great condition and complete with the original three nuggets.   

A fun item which I would guess dates from the early 20th. Century. The map shows the Yukon River, Chilkoot Pass, and the Skaguay Trail. It is interesting the map is not really geographically accurate! See photo.





[Klondike]. The Picturesque Land of Gold Its Magnificent Mountain and Water Scenes Its Peaks, Passes and Canyons. The Home of the Midnight Sun. A Land with a Summer Charm. Whitehorse, Yukon: Bennett News Co. and Hamacher & Doody,  [circa 1900] 1st printing. (Wrappers) 62 unnumbered. Very good. Oblong octavo (23 X 18 cm.) Original pictorial printed wrappers with string tie. Minor wear to the edges of the wrappers.   Two page folding panorama at the rear. A very attractive copy.   

Compare Wickersham 5009. This very interesting view book contains images from Skagway along the Goldrush trail to Dawson City. It has many interesting images of scenes along the way. It may or may not be the same item as the Wickersham number. Very scarce. See photo. 





Klover, Geir O., Editor. Antarctic Pioneers. The Voyage of the Belgica 1897-99. Oslo: The Fram Museum, #9788282350075, 2010, 1st Edition. (Softcover) 119pp. Small square octavo. New. Original pictorial wrappers.  Illustrated with colour and black and white photos. Edited By Geir O. Klover.

 "This book tells the amazing story of the Belgica Expedition and the crew of the Belgica's struggle for survival in the Antarctic pack ice. It is fully illustrated with Roald Amundsen's personal collection of photos from the expedition and contains several excerpts from his diary. The book includes Emile Racovitza's funny hand drawn commentaries on the life onboard, Roald Amundsen's diary illustrations, a section on other pioneering expeditions to Antarctica, and the story of the Belgica after the expedition." (from back cover). 




Klover, Geir O., Editor. Roald Amundsen and the Exploration of the Northwest Passage. Oslo: The Fram Museum, #9788282350013, 2008, 1st Edition. (Softcover) 105pp. New. Small square octavo. Original pictorial wrappers. Illustrated with colour and black and white photos. Edited By Geir O. Klover.

"In 1903-1906 Roald Amundsen established himself as a sailor and explorer of the first order when he successfully navigated the Gjoa through the entire length of the Northwest Passage, a treacherous ice-bound route that winds between the current northern Canadain mainland and Canada's Arctic islands. The expedition was a landmark event in the history of Arctic exploration... This book tells the story of the Gjoa and her crew.  It is fully illustrated with original photos from the expedition and contains several excerpts from Roald Amundsen's diary. The book includes a 30-page fully illustrated timeline of all the main efforts to find the Northwest Passage and a chapter on the mystery of the north magnetic pole." (from back cover) 




[Kolbing, Friedrich Ludwig]. Die Missionen Der Evangelischen Bruder in Gronland Und Labrador (The Missions of the Evangelical Brothers in Greenland and Labrador) and Mission Der Evangelischen Bruder in Labrador. Gnadau: H.F. Burkhard, 1831, 1st Editions. viii, 254; (2),180 pp. Very good. Octavo. Bound in Period style half sheep and marbled boards. Old rubber stamp partially erased from the title page but a very nice clean copy. Two works bound together with separate title pages and pagination. Folding table at the end of each work.   

 O'Dea 395.  Sabin 97854. FIRST EDITION of this history of the Herrnhuter missions since 1731 in Greenland and Labrador. Each work includes extensive accounts of the Eskimos (Inuit) and an account of the establishment of the Nain settlement in Labrador.





Ladue, Joseph. Klondyke Facts: Being a Complete Guide Book to the Gold Regions of the Great Canadian Northwest Territories and Alaska.        New York: American Technical Book Co. 1897, 1st American Edition.   205pp. + [1]pp. (publisher's ads). Near fine. 12 mo in original gilt lettered and decorated (A Klondyke Nugget) green cloth with 10 plates (including frontispiece portrait) from photos, 4 wood engraved plates, and 5 maps (1 folding). Signed by Author.

AB  9546.  Tourville 2580 Same material as his Klondyke Nuggets published in Montreal the same year, to which is added instructions for staking a claim, notes on law and order; game, agriculture and timber; mortality and climate; cost of living and wages. With an appendix Excerpts on Canadian Mining Laws. We have had this title a number of times in the past but this is the first signed copy we have encountered and with a contemporary signature and dated Sept. 27, 1897.  A great item signed by the founder of Dawson City. 





Lanman, Charles. Farthest North: Or, The Life and Explorations of Lieutenant James Booth Lockwood, of the Greely Arctic Expedition.        New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1885, 1st Edition. 1p.l.,333pp. Very good. 12 mo (approximately 17.8cm tall) in original gilt lettered green cloth and yellow coated endpapers with engraved frontispiece (portrait), 4 plates and folding map at end. Paper a bit age toned but overall a very attractive copy or an uncommon title.   

AB 9669. First ed. Based on Lockwood's diaries- he was not among the few survivors of Greely's Lady Franklin Bay expedition. See photo. 




Lebourdais, D. M. Northward on the New Frontier. Ottawa: Graphic Publishers, 1931, 1st Edition. 311pp. Near fine. Tall Octavo in original purple cloth with yellow paper spine label, endpaper maps with plates from photos.  An attractive unfaded copy.   

A.B. 9802; Tourville 2659. Account of Carl Lomen's "purchase" of Wrangel Island from Stefansson, and his venture sending the schooner "Herman" there in 1924. The author was a journalist aboard. The Graphic Press was a small short lived publisher in Ottawa that mainly published literary works. 





Lecointe, Georges. Expedition Antarctique Belge. Au Pays Des Manchots. Recit Du Voyage de la "Belgica". Bruxelles: J. Lebegue & Cie, 1904, 1st Edition. 368pp. Very good. Octavo. 24.5 X 16 cm. Bound in early 20th century half grey cloth and marbled covered boards. Gilt title and decoration to spine.  6 maps, including 5 folding and one full page. Frontispiece. 21 full page illustrations. 93 illustrations including full page and intext. Bound with the blank leaf but without the wrappers. Overall a very clean copy in a near contemporary binding.   

Rosove 199.A1, Spence 698, Denuce 2225, Taurus 18 Lecointe was second-in-command of Gerlache's 1897-98 Belgian Antarctic Expedition in the ship "Belgica". Roald Amundsen & Frederick Cook were members. The earliest photos of the antarctic were taken on this expedition. There is no English translation. Very scarce. 





Lyon, Capt. G. F. The Private Journal of Captain G. F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla During the Recent Voyage of Discovery Under Captain Parry 1821-1823.  London: John Murray, 1825, new edition. xi,[1],468pp. Very good.  Octavo. Bound in 19th century half calf and marbled boards. Marbled edges to match. 7 engraved plates and folding map. A hint of foxing on the plates otherwise a very attractive copy in a pleasant binding.  This reprint was done just one after the first and does not appear to have any new material added.   

A.B. 10531. Author's account of Parry's second arctic expedition in the Fury and Hecla, 1821-3, with events of the outward voyage to Winter Island, 1821, and north through Foxe Basin to Iglulik Island, 1822, includes detailed account of the Eskimos of southern Baffin Island and Melville Peninsula, the natural history and ice conditions. 




Markham, Clements R. Famous Sailors of Former Times: The Story of the Sea Fathers. London: Cassell & Co, 1886, 2nd Edition. viii,221,(18). Near fine. Octavo. Original blue decorated cloth. Frontispiece. School prize label attached to front pastedown. A bright attractive copy.   

Scarce. Markham includes Hudson, Baffin, Dampier, Cook, Scoresby and the early Dutch Navigators. Intended for a younger audience. 




Miers, Henry A. Gold Mining in Klondike. London: Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1902, 1st Edition thus. 10pp. Near fine. Octavo. Original printed wrappers.   

This is an offprint of the weekly evening meeting of the Royal Institution dated Friday, February 28, 1902. Miers, at the request of Clifford Sifton made a trip to the Klondike region in August of 1901. His escort was Captain Strickland of the N.W.M.P..  This is a brief summary of what he saw and did. See Tourville 3100 for his report in a letter to Sifton. Rare apparently unrecorded. 




Mill, Hugh Robert. The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1923, 1st Edition. xv,312pp. Very good. Octavo in original gilt lettered blue cloth with plates (including frontispiece) from photos and illustrations in text from drawings (maps). Some scattered light foxing else very good.   

Spence 795.  Biography of Sir Ernest Shackleton, editor of the South Polar Times, a member of Scott's first Antarctic Expedition (on which he became ill with scurvy), leader of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition in which he pioneered the Beardmore Glacier route to the pole, the 1914 British Imperial Transantarctic Expedition, and the fourth and last on the Quest, during which he died of heart failure in 1922. 




Mill, Hugh Robert. The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton C.V.O., O.B.E. (Mil.), Ll.D. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1923, 1st Cheap Edition.   xv,312 pp. Very good. Octavo in original gilt lettered blue cloth with plates (including frontispiece) from photos and illustrations in text from drawings (maps). Generally a very clean copy.   

Spence 797. Biography of Sir Ernest Shackleton, editor of the South Polar Times, a member of Scott's first Antarctic Expedition (on which he became ill with scurvy), leader of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition in which he pioneered the Beardmore Glacier route to the pole, the 1914 British Imperial Transantarctic Expedition, and the fourth and last on the Quest, during which he died of heart failure in 1922. This copy has a bold clipped signature of Shackleton tipped onto the front free endpaper. 




Millroy, J.J. The "Map of Maps"  Alaska Yukon Cariboo Omineca Cassiar and the Portion of the Kootenay Gold Fields. Toronto: J.J. Millroy, 1898, 1st printing. (Wrappers) Very good. Original foldover stiff printed card covers  11.5 X 16.5 cm. Wrappers are printed in red and black. Each panel has printed text. Edges worn a bit. Large folding coloured map (60 X 95 CM) printed on an oil finish paper. Map is in excellent overall condition.   

Not in Tourville, Wickersham or Smith. Very scarce separately issued map of Alaska, Klondike and Northern British Columbia showing the various routes to the Klondyke Gold Fields and includes a separate large scale map of the Lake Routes to Dawson. The inner wrappers list nine different routes to the Gold Fields, giving mileages. There is also a two page list of an Outfit for one man for one year. One wrapper also gives details of Canada's mining laws. Prime Klondike ephemera and very very scarce. 





Muller-Wille, Ludger  Edited by William Barr. Inuit and Whalers on Baffin Island Through German Eyes. Wilhelm Weike's Arctic Journal and Letters (1883-84).  Montreal, PQ: Baraka Books, #978-1-926824-11-6, 2011, 1st Translated edition. (Softcover)  284pp. As new. Octavo. Pictoral wrappers. B/W photographs throughout. A brand new copy.   

Signed on the title page by the translator, "William Barr, Calgary, Dec. 2011" in black ink. A collection of Wilhelm Weike's Journals and Letters. Weike was a young handy man from Minden, Germany who accompanied the scientist and anthropologist Franz Boas on his trip to the arctic in 1883-74 and lived among the Inuit and wintering Whalers on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Weike's writings have been annotated and expertly edited and highlight his observations and contributions to Boa's works. 




Murray F.R.S., George. (editor)-- The Antarctic Manual for the Use of the Expedition of 1901. London: Royal Geographical Society,  1901, 1st Edition.   xvi,586pp. Very good. Octavo in original blue cloth and pale yellow coated endpapers with illustrations in text and folding map (in 3 sheets) in rear pocket. Endpapers a bit browned. Small indentation on spine otherwise a very nice attractive copy of this rare title. Preface by Sir Clements R. Markham K.C.B. F.R.S.

Rosove 235.A1; Spence 829. Manual on the exploration of Antarctica and various branches of science for the use of members of the British National Antarctic Expedition under Capt. R. F. Scott. See photograph. 




Nordenskjold, Otto. With Joh. Gunnar Andersson. Antarctica or Two Years Amongst the Ice of the South Pole.  London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1905, 1st English Translation. xviii,[4],608pp. Very good. Octavo. Original gilt lettered illustrated green cloth. Half title. Frontispiece (portrait), many photo illustrations in text, 4 colour plates, and 4 color maps, (3 folding)  Spine a bit dull. Top edge a bit dust soiled. Small faint blind stamp for the Royal Institution of Great Britain on the title page, with no other markings. A heavy book printed on coated paper and not easy to find a nice copy like this.   

Rosove 240.A1; Spence 860. Narrative of the Swedish South Polar Expedition, 1901-1904, which wintered at Snow Hill Island on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition ship "Antarctic", operating independently, was crushed in the ice and the crew wintered at Paulet Island. One of the scarcest of the Heroic Age first-person narratives. 





Both Volumes Inscribed

Parry, William Edward. Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific: Performed in the Years 1819-20, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper, Under the Orders of William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S., And Commander of the Expedition.  With an Appendix, Containing the Scientific and Other Observations. And Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1821-22-23, in His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla, Under the Orders of Captain William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S. And Commander of the Expedition.        London: John Murray, 1821 1824, 1st Editions. xxix.xxviii,310,cccx; xxx, 571pp. Near fine. Quarto. Both volumes bound in original full polished calf to match. Marbled endpapers. All edges dyed yellow. Spines with five raised bands and decorative tooling. Two tone labels. Gilt inner dentelles. Fourteen plates and six maps (four folding) in the first volume and thirty one plates and eight folding maps in volumes two. Both volumes with many of the original plate tissues present. Other than a bit of offsetting from the plates a very clean crisp set, superior to most.   

AB 13145; 13142. Account of the British Naval Northwest Passage expedition under Sir William Edward Parry in HMS 'Hecla' and 'Griper.' During the first season Parry was able to make his way across meridian 110 W thereby collecting a reward for the partial discovery of the northwest passage, before turning back to Winter Harbour on Melville Island, the first deliberate wintering by British naval ships. Parry introduced a number of winter routines to maintain health and morale thereby establishing a tradition for British wintering voyages and Narrative of the second North-West Passage expedition under Parry in HMS 'Fury' and 'Hecla,' ordered to search the unexplored Foxe Basin north from Repulse Bay. Parry sailed north of Southampton Island in Hudson Bay, becoming the first to sail through Frozen Strait, unable to find a passage through Repulse Bay he continued up the coast of Melville Peninsula north before wintering at Winter Island off Melville Peninsula. The next season he explored along the the east coast of Melville Peninsula, finding the entrance to Fury and Hecla Strait, the southernmost possible Northwest Passage blocked by ice, Parry returned to Igloolok Island where he made winter quarters for the second year.  In 1823 Parry made one more attempt to sail through Fury and Hecla Strait, but abandoned the attempt because of ice conditions and returned home. Both Volumes are inscribed with the first being to "Right Honorable Nicholas Vansittart with the author's best Compliments" and the second to "Lord Bexley, with the Author's best Complts." Vansittart was a Conservative politician who must have been one of Parry's patrons. He became the first Baron Bexley in 1823 and Parry named Vansittart Island in the Foxe Basin after him on the second Voyage. See photograph. 




Petersen, Carl. Erindringer Fra Polarlandene : Optegnede Af Carl Petersen, Tolf Ved Pennys Og Kanes Norderpeditioner 1850-1855   Udgivne Af Lauritz B. Deichmann :  Med Traesnit Og Kort Over En Deel Af Baffainsbay of Smiths-Sund. Kjobenhavn: P.G. Philipsens,  1857, 1st Edition. (4),162 pp. Very good. 12 mo (11.5 X 17 cm.)  Bound in 19th century half calf and marbled boards binding.  There is no titling on the spine or the boards.  Single page map as frontispiece. 2 pages with woodcut illustrations in text.  Occasional foxing through out.   

Arctic Biblio. 13386. Very scarce. Petersen was with Penny in 1850-51, and again with Kane on the Second Grinnell expedition 1853-55 and again on McClintock's Fox expedition. His 2nd book "Den Sidste Franklin=Expedition" is quite a bit more common than this first title. See photo. 




Petitot, R.P.E. Dictionnaire de la Langue Dene-Dindjie. Dialectes Montagnais Ou Chippewayan, Peaux de Lievre et Loucheux Renfermant En Outre Un Grand Nombre de Termes Propresa Sept Autres Dialectes de la Meme Langue Precede d'une Monographie Des Dene-Dindjie d'une Grammaire et de Tableaux Synoptiques Des Conjugaisons. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1876, 1st Edition.lxxxviii,367pp. Very good.  Folio.  Bound in 20th century course tan cloth. Leather spine label. Marbled endpapers. Speckled edges. Original front wrapper bound. 5 large folding tables bound in at the rear. A clean tight copy.   

Rare. Printed in an edition of 200 copies with 50 copies on Holland paper and 150 copies on regular of which this is an example. Petitot's massive dictionary was printed in 4 parallel columns. After many years of first hand experience collecting data in the north, Petitot returned to France in 1874 and published this massive work (4.5 Kgs!) probably still the best reference in the field. 




Pimentel, Jean. Bibliographie Antarctique En Langue Francaise de Cook (1772) Au Traite Sur L'antarctique (1959), Avec Une Partie Litterature, Fiction et Bande Dessinee.  Bibliographie Commentee. Paris: Paulsen, 2009, 1st limited edition.285 pp.. Fine. Octavo. Original blue gilt stamped cloth. 2 full page maps. Numerous title page illustrations in text. 8 full page colour illustrations.   

Interesting new Antarctic bibliography that certainly adds to Rosove done in a very limited edition of 200 copies. 




 Ponting, Mr. Herbert G.  [Scott, Robert Falcon]. Theatre Royal, Manchester. Programe with Captain Scott in the Antarctic and Bird Life in the South Polar Regions  the Complete Cinematograph Diary of Captain Scott's Memorable Journey and Personal Narrative of the Greatest Adventure of Modern Times. Manchester: John Hart,  [circa 1914], 1st printing thus. (Wrappers) 12pp. Very good. Octavo. Original printed wrappers with original red paper seal. The middle four pages are much smaller than the outer leaves with the Synopsis of the presentation being printed on them. This being part of the design of the brochure. Pages a bit brown but not at all brittle.   

See Renard 1234/35 for a similar item. Certainly part of the Ponting travelling show. Ponting is also advertising his photos from sale in London as part of the brochure. Rare. See photograph. 




R.S. [Patlock, Robert]. The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man.  Relating Particularly, His Shipwreck Near the South Pole; His Wonderful Passage Through a Subterraneous Cavern into a Kind of New World; His There Meeting with a Gawry, or Flying Women, Whose Life He Preserved, and Afterwards Married Her. Berwick: W. Phorson, and B. Law, 1784, 4th Edition. xiv,(8),(1),16-232; 240 pp. Very good. 12 mo.  Bound in late 19th century half calf and marbled boards. Heavily gilt attractive spines. Top edges gilt. Minor spotting and foxing throughout but an attractive presentable copy.   

 The first edition of this early popular imaginary voyage came out in 1751. It went through a number of translations and reprints in the 18th century remaining popular into the 19th century. It would appear to be one of the earliest accounts of a shipwreck at the South Pole and what was encountered there.  18th century editions are not common today. See photograph. 





Remington, Charles H. Copper River Joe Illustrations by N.G. Thompson.        A Golden Cross (?) On Trails for the Valdez Glacier. Los Angeles: White-Thompson, 1939, 1st privately printed edition. (vi), 200pp. Very good.  Original gilt decorated blue cloth. Minor wear on the exterior joints. Two colour frontispiece. 10 plates. Paper a little browned but overall a very attractive copy.   

Tourville 1071; Arctic Bibl. 14376. -with a long inscription by the author on the front endpaper in his usual green ink. Also numerous corrections throughout the text. Virtually all copies I have seen are inscribed and corrected like this copy. "In 1896 the author crossed the Valdez Glacier and ascended the Copper River in a large company of gold seekers; and lived in the Valdez region for many years. He gives here an exceptionally entertaining and informative narrative of the journey..."  See photo.




Revillon Freres. Igloo Life. A Brief Acount of a Primitive Arctic Tribe Living Near One of the Most Northern Trading Posts of Revillon Freres. New York: Privately Printed, 1923, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) 63pp. Very good. Octavo. 4 blue tinted plates (including frontispiece), and illustrations from drawings. Original pictorial paper covered boards with some minor soiling. Uncommon.   

A.B. 14441. "Sketch, apparently based on the Eskimos near Cape Dufferin on the east coast of Hudson Bay, ... Includes a history of the fur trading company, Revillon Freres. 




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. Very good. 8vo. (14.5 X 22.5 cm.) Bound in tan calf and marbled boards. Five raised bands and two tone labels.  Leather corners to match. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled to match. The text blocks are clean and fresh. There is mild off setting and foxing on a number of the folding and full page illustrations. 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 including one folding. Generally a clean copy in an attractive binding.   

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. See photo. 




[Royal Naval Exhibition]. Royal Naval Exhibition, 1891. Official Catalogue & Guide. Opened at Chelsea, May 2nd, 1891. London: W.P. Griffith & Sons, 1891, 1st printing. xxxviii,[4],542pp. Very good. Small octavo. Original printed lithograph wrappers. Two page folding frontispiece. Included are 56 pages of great ads at the end of the volume. The wrappers are somewhat soiled but overall a very good copy.   

Scarce. This exhibit must have been the end all of British Naval History and encompassed all elements. Of particular interest in the First Gallery, the Franklin Gallery which had 197 items on display! 13 pages of the catalogue are devoted to Franklin with many interesting items gathered. See photo. 




Sanderson, Marie. Griffith Taylor Antarctic Scientist and Pioneer Geographer. Ottawa: Carelton University Press, #0-88629-066-X, 1988, 1st Edition. (Wrappers) xi,218pp. Very good. Octavo in original wrappers with illustrations in text from photos.   

Biography of this pioneer geologist/geographer, based on an extensive collection of his journals and letters. Taylor accompanied Scott on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition.  He became very good friends with Priestly, Wright and Debenham. Uncommon. Series: Carleton Library 145.




Seward, A. C. The Vegitation of Greenland: As It Is and As It Was.        London: Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1929, 1st printing. (Wrappers) 11pp. Near fine. Octavo. Stapled as issued. Not an extract but a separately published item.   

Arctic Biblio.15795 for the journal issue. Separately issued and paginated offprint from the Society. 




Shackleton, E. H. The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. With an Introduction by Hugh Robert Mill, D.Sc. An Account of the First Journey to the South Magnetic Pole by Professor T. W. Edgeworth David, F.R.S; the Antarctic Book Winter Quarters 1907-1909. London: William Heinemann, 1909, 1st Autograph Edition de Luxe. xlviii,371,(1); xv,(1),418,(1); 53,(1) pp. Very good. Quarto. (28 X 22.5 cm.)  3 volumes. The first two volumes bound in original full vellum with gilt device of two penguins on the front board of each. Gilt titles on each spine.  Boards of the first two volumes slightly bowed as usual. Antarctic Book bound in original half vellum and paper covered boards. Copy 130/300. Antarctic book containing the signatures of all of the shore party. The Antarctic Book in the second corrected state as described by Rosove. Illustrated throughout with mounted colour plates, photographic illustrations, maps, diagrams, and etchings. 3 folding maps and one folding panorama in the pocket of volume 2. The first two volumes are fine clean copies with the Antarctic Book having mild to heavy foxing on several of the etched plates. The odd abrasion on the boards otherwise a very attractive set. Inscribed to Lord Northcliffe.

Spence 1096, Rosove 305 A2, Taurus collection 57.  Shackleton who had been on Scott's "Discovery" expedition, led the second expedition to do major exploration on the continent almost reaching the pole, before being forced to turn back 180 KMS short. This lavish limited edition of the book was produced at a great premium over the common trade edition. - Also included with the set is the original publisher's prospectus which shows the original price at 10 guineas and the projected edtion was to be 350 copies.  This presentation copy from Shackleton to Lord Northcliffe, dated 1911. Northcliffe was one of Shackleton's important sponsors and sold him the rights to publish the expedition's story in his newspaper, Daily Mail. An important association copy of this Antarctic classic. See back cover.




























[Shackleton, E.H.] Shackleton Memorial Fund. (Ephemera). London: Shackleton Memorial Fund, 1923, 1st printing.  4pp. Fine. Octavo. Four pages, printed prospectus. Portrait of Shackleton on the front leaf. Perforated reply on the third page.   

"At a meeting held at the Mansion House on May 8th a Committee was constituted with the object of promoting a National Memorial to Sir Ernest Shackleton." This brochure was the  prospectus to raise the necessary funds. It lists the General Committee members and provides a brief history of Shackleton and his accomplishments. The Memorial fund was set up to help support his children and his mother but Lady Shackleton wanted the better part of the fund to go to support his mother. After she died in 1929 the remaining funds were used to build a permanent memorial. See photograph.




Shipton, Eric. Tierra Del Fuego: The Fatal Lodestone. London: Charles Knight & Co., #0-85314-194-0, 1973, 1st Edition. viii,175pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Octavo. Original grey cloth with gilt lettering on spine.  Endpaper maps. 16 illustrations. One map in text. Dust wrapper is not price clipped and only has minor soiling. Signed by Author.

Shipton's history of exploration of the tip of South America.  Signed by Shipton on the title page. The true first edition is very scarce especially so in this condition and signed. See photograph. 





Shklovsky, I.W. "Dioneo". In Far North-East Siberia. London: MacMillan and Co., 1916, 1st Edition. vii, 264  pp. Very good. Octavo. Bound in original green cloth. Frontispiece. 24 plates and illustrations. Single page coloured map at rear.  Spine lettering a bit oxidized otherwise a very nice copy.   

Arctic Biblio.15946. An interesting travel narrative with much on the native population. 




[St. Michael Alaska]. Real Photo Postcard Collection Related to St. Michael Alaska and the Upper Yukon River. [circa 1915]. Very good. 209 images, mostly real photo postcards loosely mounted in two modern photo albumens. 10 of the images are slightly larger or smaller formats. Generally in excellent condition.   

A fascinating collection depicting all aspects of life in and around Ft. St. Michael Alaska.St. Michael is located on the east side of St. Michael Island at the southeastern end of the Norton Sound.  St. Michael was founded in 1833 by traders of the Russian-American Company, as a trading post for trade with the Yupik people of the area. The trading settlement and the island were named after the archangel Michael. Fort St. Michael, a U.S. Military post, was established in 1897. During the gold rush of 1897, it was a major gateway to the interior via the Yukon River. As many as 10,000 persons were said to live in St. Michael during the gold rush. St. Michael was also a popular trading post for Eskimos to trade their goods for Western supplies. Centralization of many Yup'iks from the surrounding villages intensified after the measles epidemic of 1900.St. Michael's population today is largely Yupik. Many residents are descendants of Russian traders. The collection has images showing baseball, native dwellings, many of the buildings in and around the town, religious life, sternwheelers, fur traders, reindeer herding, Russian orthodox influence, military influence and some of the areas along the Yukon river in the gold regions.   There are a few duplicate images. Many of the images are captioned in the negative. And a few have writing on the backs.  Very scarce to see this many images that relate to a very remote part of the world. 





Stanford, Edward. London Atlas Map of the Yukon District. London: Edward Stanford, [circa 1901]. Very good. 16 mo. Original red pebbled cloth folder. (12.5 X 18 cm.) Map separated into 9 sections with an overall size of 34.5 X 52.5 cm. Map printed in three colours. Folder with original paper label. A nice example.   

Very scarce folding pocket map showing the Yukon District from the Lynn canal to Forty Mile in the North. 





Stuck, Hudson. The Alaskan Missions of the Episcopal Church a Brief Sketch, Historical and Descriptive. New York: Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, 1920, 1st Edition. (8), 179 pp. Very good. 16mo. Original green printed wrappers. Frontis. Portrait of Stuck. 51 illustrations. Minor pencil notations. A very nice clean bright copy.   

Arctic Biblio. 17123. Although the AB calls for a folding map, there does not appear to have ever been one present and one is not called for in the books index. The book appears very scarce with only one late reprint done. There is a chapter on the Klondike Goldrush and the Yukon. 




Sveen, Asle, Geir O. Klover Editor. Fridtjof Nansen:  Scientist and Humanitarian. Oslo: The Fram Museum, #9788282350020, 2008, 1st Edition. (Softcover) 87pp. As new. Small square octavo. Original pictorial wrappers.  New. Illustrated with colour and b/w photos. Edited By Geir O. Klover.

 "This is the story of Fridtjof Nansen's tireless work on the refugee situation in Europa in the aftermath of the Great War. The book is illustrated with many of Nansen's own photos" (from back cover).  Nansen's work won him the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize. 




Taylor, Griffith. With Scott: The Silver Lining. London: Smith, Elder & Co.,  1916, 1st Edition. xiv(2),464pp. Very good. Octavo. Original decorated cloth. Frontispiece. 67 photo illustrations on 45 leaves. Numerous text illustrations.  7 maps including 2 folding. The second issue, with the inserted leaf iv*/iv** containing the author's preface. Slight damage to the frontis. Generally a bright clean copy.   

Spence 1183. Rosove 324.A2, Taurus Collection. 81. Inscribed on the title page to Mrs. Ruthven Smith,"In Memory of our Common Voyage through Dutch East Griffith Taylor. Also signed by T.W. Edgeworth David, boldly accross the top of the title page. Taylor has also made the following note below his signature "NB the signature at the top of the page is that of our most famous Antarchicker". Also tipped onto the front pastedown is a letter from Taylor to Mrs. Smith presenting the book to her in 1920 as well as a signed photo of Griffith Taylor to MRS Smith tipped onto the rear endpaper. There are also several contemporary newspaper clippings tipped in. Taylor's account of Scott's last expedition, 1910-1913, and one of the scarce first-person accounts. Mrs. Ruthven Smith and her sister were the granddaughters of Rt. Hon. Sir John Charles Ready Colomb a pioneer in naval strategy. A wonderful association copy with many interesting details. See photo.




U.S. Navy Dept. Secretary of the Navy. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, Relative to the Loss of the Steamer Jeannette [Caption Title].       [Washington, D.C.]: Government Printing Office, 1883, 1st Edition. (Hardcover)  1p.l.,iii,[2]-363pp. Very good. Octavo. 15 folding maps, charts, plans, including sections and plans of the Jeannette (2 colour maps and 1 colour cross section). Quarter leather and maroon cloth boards, all edges marbled with matching endpapers; hinges and corners professionally restored; faint tideline top edge.   

Not in A. B. "Record of the Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry convened at the Navy Department, Washington, D.C., by virtue of an order signed by the Hon. W. E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy, to Investigate the circumstances of the loss of the exploring steamer Jeannette". Series: House of Representatives. 47th Congress. 2D Session. Ex. Doc. No. 108.





Washington, Captain John R.N. Eskimaux and English Vocabulary for the Use of the Arctic Expeditions.  London: John Murray, 1850, 1st Edition.   xvi,160 pp. Very good. Oblong 12 mo. Original black patterned cloth with gilt titling on the front board and a blind stamped rope work anchor on the rear board. Original coated yellow endpapers. A few minor pencil notations in text.  A very nice copy. Hand written on the front pastedown Nain Archiv 1850.   

Rare. This vocabulary was intended to take on searching expeditions and its format certainly shows it was intended to put into ones pocket. We have examined 5 copies of the book and have found minor differences to the text in each one. Most of the book is in dual collum format showing individual words or phrases.  Page 104 for example relates directly to the Franklin Expedition and includes phrases: "We are in search of two English ships which have been 5 years in the ice" and "the Queen of England will give a large reward to any of the Inuit who will bring news of them" See photo.




Whitehouse, J. Howard. Nansen. A Book of Homage. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [no date], 1st Edition. (Hardcover) 189pp. Fine. Octavo. Illustrated with photos, paintings (including frontispiece) and map. Original blue cloth with white lettering on front cover and spine. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. Scattered foxing internally else a fine copy.   

Includes Addresses on Nansen at a public meeting held in his honour at the royal society of arts, a Sketch of Nansen's Life and Nansen and Norway. 




Wild, Frank. The Story of the 'Quest' Will Be Told by Comdr. Frank Wild, C.B.E.  Many Lantern Slides Will Be Shown.  The Story Will Be a Graphic Narrative of One of the Most Thrilling Episodes in the History of Antarctic Exploration. Pretoria: South African Entertainments Direction, [no date], 1st printing. (Wrappers) Good to very good. Quarto. Four page printed brochure.  Title printed in red and black. Portrait of Wilde on the front wrapper. Four other black and white illustrations. Old crease lines where the brochure was folded in four. Old abrasion in the rear margin on the last page, not affecting the text.  Somewhat soiled.  Manuscript notation on the front wrapper "Town Hall Pretoria 30th July, 1923".   

Not located in any of the standard works. Very rare brochure put together for Wild's South African tour. See photograph. 





Willson, Beckles. The Tenth Island Being Some Account of Newfoundland, Its People, Its Politics, Its Problems, and Its Peculiarities. London: Grant Richards, 1897, 1st Edition. xix, 208 pp. Very good.12 mo.  Original course green cloth with black lettering and decoration. Covers a bit soiled and spine somewhat darkened. Endpapers a bit soiled otherwise quite clean. Folding map at rear.   

ODea 1180a. Beckles Willson, more noted for his work on the Hudsons Bay Company wrote this quite scarce work on Newfoundland in the late 19th century early on in his career. 




Wix, Edward. Six Months of a Newfoundland Missionary's Journal from February to August, 1835. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1836, 1st edition.   264pp. Very good. Bound in 19th century half-calf with marbled boards. Spine joints have a bit of professional restoration. Title page has a minor bit of soiling otherwise a clean crisp copy. 7-page meteorological table at end.   

 O'Dea, 431. Journal of the author's travels around Newfoundland, aimed at support for sending a Church of England missionary to Newfoundland. The author, an Archdeacon, found the people of Newfoundland in great need of the services of a missionary. 




Worsley, Frank Arthur. Endurance. An Epic of Polar Adventure. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931, 1st US Edition. viii,(6),316pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Octavo in original light blue cloth. Black and white penguin on front board. White lettering on spine. Frontispiece and 22 plates from photos. Top edge stained black. Text block is clean and tight. The original pictorial dust wrapper has minor wear on the top and bottom of the spine and a couple of mild chips on the rear panel. Also with a few closed tears. A very attractive pictorial dust wrapper.   

Spence 1278.  Taurus 107.  Narrative of Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition in the ship "Endurance" by the ship's captain. Very scarce in original pictorial wrapper. See photograph. 





Worsley, Frank Arthur Preface by Earl Jellicoe. Endurance. An Epic of Polar Adventure. London: Philip Allan & Co. Ltd., 1933, 2nd Impression. viii, (6), 316pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Octavo in original grey cloth.  Frontispiece and 22 plates from photos. Top edge a bit dusty. Foredge with mild foxing otherwise the text block is clean and tight. The original pictorial dust wrapper has minor wear on the top and bottom of the spine and a couple of mild chips on the rear panel.   

Spence 1277. This variant cloth issue does not appear to be in Rosove. Narrative of Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition in the ship "Endurance" by the ship's captain. Even though this is the second printing, very scarce in the original wrapper in this nice of condition. See photograph.





Young, W.W.  Klondike Gold Rush. Group of Nine Cabinet Sized Photos Taken Around Dyea and Skagway Alaska. O'Brien, Washington: Young, W.W., [circa 1898]. 9pp. Very good. Nine original silver prints mounted on yellow card stock. (20.2 X 12.7 cm.) Images vary slightly in size on the mounts.  Occasional soiling and staining to mounts. Images generally clean and crisp but have the odd bit of silvering out and fading. 8 of the 9 images are signed on the back in pen; W.W. Young O'Brien, Wash. Or King Co. Wash.   

 An interesting lot of Klondike related images. 8 of the 9 images are captioned and signed on the rear and are as follows: 1. Irene Glacier; 2. Deserted encampment near Dyea, Alaska; 3. A Gold Hunters Cabin near Dyea, 4. Davidson Glacier Alaska, 5. A view in Dyea (Skagway) Harbour, 6. The Mouth of the River Lake Bennett, May 1898, 7. At Dyea waiting for mail at the P.O., 8. Bound for Dawson, 2 outfits about ready to pull out from lake Linderman for Dawson, 9. A fairly heavily silvered image of what may be Skagway. This image may be from another photographer as the format is slightly different. An interesting group by an unknown probably amateur photographer. 




Updated March 23rd, 2012