FARTHEST NORTH: Being a Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship 'Fram' 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months's Sleigh Journey...

(Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co., 1897).

A HANDSOME FIRST EDITION COPY of the account of this highly important journey to prove that a drift-current sets across the polar regions from the Bering Strait and the neighborhood of the New Siberia Islands towards the east coast of Greenland. Nansen's theory was based on a number of indications, not the least of which was the discovery of portions of the wreck of the "Jeannette" which had been lost off the New Siberia Islands in 1881 but which were found on drift ice off the south-west coast of Greeenland.
His ship, the "Fram" was specially built of extraordinarily strong materials and of a design to be lifted by rather than crushed by the ice. The success of the theory, the expedition and the trek made northward over the ice on foot to a point farthest north is related in these two fine volumes. The text is accompanied by a profusion of fine illustration of which many are executed in color. Item #29856

2 volumes. First edition. 16 colour plates from Nansen’s own sketches, over 120 plates and illustrations in text, 4 folding maps at rear. Royal 8vo, publisher's original turquoise green cloth lettered in gilt on spines and covers with gilt pictorial decorations of the Fram and a journey through the drift-snow on the covers of both volumes. 510; 671, including index pp. A handsome set with a bit of normative age evidence Clean internally, the text-blocks and illustrations are all in good order and the maps are near as pristine, appearing never to have been opened. A very usable and collectible set.

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Price: $540.00