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  • Arctic Explorations: the Second Grinnell Expedition by KANE, Elisha Kent
    KANE, Elisha Kent
    Arctic Explorations: the Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55

    Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1856. First American edition of the Grinnel expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. Two volumes. Full leather binding. Illustrated by upwards of three hundred engravings from sketches by the author: the steel plates executed by the superintendence of J.M. Butler, the wood engravings by Van Ingen & Snyder. These ate both in text and full page with tissue guards. Absolutely fascinating book with glossary of terms, (who knew there were so many words for how the sea looks against the sky?), illustrations of ice formations, polar bears, indigenous peoples etc. 464 + 467pp. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches). Elisha Kent Kane was an American explorer, and a medical officer in the…

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    Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1856. First American edition of the Grinnel expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. Two volumes. Full leather binding. Illustrated by upwards of three hundred engravings from sketches by the author: the steel plates executed by the superintendence of J.M. Butler, the wood engravings by Van Ingen & Snyder. These ate both in text and full page with tissue guards. Absolutely fascinating book with glossary of terms, (who knew there were so many words for how the sea looks against the sky?), illustrations of ice formations, polar bears, indigenous peoples etc. 464 + 467pp. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches). Elisha Kent Kane was an American explorer, and a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin.

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    Condition: There is rubbing to the binding, a starting of a split to the spine of one volume. The bindings are a little shaken. Internally darkened / soiled, with some marks. The first gather of Vol 1 is a little loose. There is possibly a title page lacking, as there is only the engraved title to Vol. 1. One of the plates in Volume 1 (Bear Hunt) has some areas of loss. Overall in good / fair condition.

    Book ID: 1832
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  • Mon expédition au sud polaire, 1914-17 by SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest
    SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest
    Mon expédition au sud polaire, 1914-17

    Tours: Maison Alfred Mame et Fils, 1930. Lovely binding in three quarter leather with marbled boards and matching slipcase. Text in French. Translation by M.-L. Landel. Sadly lacks folding map at rear. Undated, but WorldCat lists the 1930 printing as same pagination - 380 pages. Binding is a little rubbed on the corners - but a good and very clean example. Slipcase is quite rubbed - hence the item's price. 305 x 220 mm (12 x 8¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3111
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  • First (English) edition
    The German Arctic Expedition of 1869-70, by KOLDEWEY, [Robert Johann] Captain
    KOLDEWEY, [Robert Johann] Captain
    The German Arctic Expedition of 1869-70, and Narrative of the Wreck of the 'Hansa' in the Ice.

    London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1874. Solidly bound in neat green library binding, with gilt title to the spine and blind stamped library emblem to the front board.

    Complete, with numerous wood engravings, 2 coloured maps (one folding), 2 portraits in steel engraving and 4 chromolithographed illustrations (including frontis).

    Viii, 583 pp. 250 x 170 mm (9¾ x 6¾ inches). Koldewey was captain of the Germania; the 'Hansa' that was crushed by ice in October 1869.

    Condition: Overall in a very good condition. Minor handling, and light grubbiness to page edges. Signs of some creasing in folding of map at rear, and a small closed tear to outer edge (map not affected). Attractive library bookplate to front and back paste-down. Some pages have an embossed library stamp.

    Book ID: 2299
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  • The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla by LYON, Captain G.F.
    LYON, Captain G.F.
    The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla During the Recent Voyage of Discovery under Captain Parry

    London: John Murray, 1825. 2nd revised edition. 7 plates. (all called for). Lacks map.
    From the library of Downside Abbey.

    Condition: Library cloth with red leather spine. Internally clean and tidy with slight darkening. Very good condition apart from the lack of map.

    Book ID: 2061
    View basket More details Price: £180.00