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Howarth, David: WE DIE ALONE.
London: Collins, 1955. 1st Book Society Edition: 255pp, illustrated, 23 b/w photographs, 1 map. Brown cloth covers with titling to spine in unclipped dustjacket. Shelfware, dustjacket stained,covers bumped, contents clean. Very Good/Fair (Book ref. 2328) £5.00
Howarth, David: THE SLEDGE PATROL.
London: Collins, 1958. Quality Book Club Edition: 255pp, map end papers, Blue cloth covers with white spine label with gilt titling in pictorial unclipped dustjacket. True adventure story of a group of men in an isolated area of Greenland after the German invasion of Denmark. The true story of the smallest and strangest campaign of the whole war. Shelfware, dustjacket slightly sunned on spine, chipped. Covers and contents clean. Very Good/Good. (Book ref. 2326) £5.50
Howarth, David: THE SLEDGE PATROL.
London: Collins, 1957. 1st Edition: 255pp, map end papers, illustrated, 14 b/w photographs, map. Blue cloth covers with gilt titling to spine, no dustjacket. True adventure story of a group of men in an isolated area of Greenland after the German invasion of Denmark. The true story of the smallest and strangest campaign of the whole war. Shelfware, dustjacket slightly sunned on spine, chipped. Covers and contents clean. Very Good/Good. (Book ref. 2327) £5.00
Nunlist, Hugo (Translated from the German by Oliver Coburn): SPITSBERGEN: The Story of the 1962 Swiss-Spitsbergen Scientific Expedition.
London: Nicholas Kaye Limited: 1966. 1st UK Edition; 191pp, 48 illustrations, 5 maps. Blue cloth covers in illustrated dustjacket. "For the joy of climbing peaks where man has never yet set foot, and for an urge to see the wild and lonely Arctic landscape,eight Swiss mountaineers joined up in 1962 to form the Swiss Spitsbergen Expedition - which they largely financed themselves. They were climbing in the almost unexplored north-west of the main island with its fifty peaks. Dispensing with sledge dogs, they used skis on the long approaches to the mountains, and covered some 1,250 miles altogether." The dustjacket has been plasticised to the book cover otherwise Very Good. (Book ref. 2266) £5.00
Lieut. W.H. Hooper R.N: TEN MONTHS AMONG THE TENTS OF THE TUSKI with Incidents of an Arctic Boat Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, as Far as the Mackenzie River, and Cape Bathurst.
London: John Murray, 1853. 1st Edition: xvi, 417pp, illustrated, 11 illustrations of which 4 lithographic plates (3 tinted), 1 coloured folding map. [MISSING the lithographic frontispiece] . Rebound, contemporary half leather with bluse marbled boards, gilt ruling and titling to spine. A rare and very important book on the expedition led by T.E.L. Moore on the Brigg Plover in search of Sir John Franklin. The expedition, in which Hooper participated as a marine officer, was forced to winter in Providence-Bay, where Hooper could gather an enormous wealth of useful information on the Tuski. When the ship was free of ice, Hooper joined Pullen's boat expedition along the arctic north coast of America to the Mackenzie River and Cape Bathurst. In summer 1850 the expedition crossed the northenmost part of Canada and returned to England. - Henze II, 622/23. The book also contains information on the culture of the North Alaska Esquimaux and the Tuski. Hooper travelled aboard the Plover as Acting mate with the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition from Plymouth (1848-52) under Captain T.E.L. Moore. The expedition was sent by the Admiralty to serve as a search and supply ship for John Franklin's Northwest Passage Expedition (1845-48) and to assist with Henry Kellett's ship Herald of the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition (1848-50). The Plover over-wintered in 1848-49 in a small bay on the Siberian coastline near a Chukchi village, and enjoyed excellent relations with the Natives. Hooper's detailed descriptions of the customs, dwellings, clothing and beliefs of the Chukchis and adjacent North Alaskan Eskimos are complemented in his narrative by colour plates illustrative of the people and their ways of life. The following spring, W.J.S. Pullen and Hooper embarked on a coastal exploration of the region between Wainwright Inlet and Mackenzie River for traces of the Franklin Expedition. [AB 7395]. Covers heavily worn, front hinge beginning to split, some leather missing from corners and spine. Previous owners signature on fep, pages age toned,p415 split in hinge, some minor foxing but overall a nice clean copy. Good. (Book ref. 2323) £500.00
London: Chatto and Windus, 1932. 1st Edition; xv, [1], 304pp, illustrated, 63 b/w plates, 5 maps (4 folding). Blue cloth covers with blue label with gilt titling on spine. Neate C31; Arctic Bibliography 2982. "Contains a detailed account of the expedition, based near Angmagssalik on the east coast of Greenland, its sledge and boat trips, two across the icecap, three northward, studies of climate, geology, ornithology, mapping with the aid of airplane, the attempt to climb Mt. Forel, notes on the art of kayaking. The appendices including report on flying work, list of plants collected, field notes on birds, sledging rations, geology, climate studies, etc. Watkins, who wrote the introduction, had climbed the highest mountain in Greenland and later died in kayaking accident. There are chapters by J. M. Scott, P. M. H. Lemon and Augustine Courtauld." Shelfware, spine label missing, covers grubby. Some minor foxing. Very Good. (Book ref. 2024) £35.00
Houben, H.H (Translated by H.J. Stenning): THE CALL OF THE NORTH.
London: Elkin Mathews & Marrot.,1932. 1st UK Edition: vi, 348pp, plus 1 map and 24 full page b/w photo portraits. Green cloth covers with gilt vignette to front cover and titling to spine. Artic Bib: 7423 Translation of Der Ruf des Nordens, 1928.Contains a history of Arctic Exploration from the time of the Ancient Greeks to the Nobile Expedition of 1928. School presentation copy, prize bookplate to rear of front cover. Shelfware, bumped, rubbed, small splits to top of spine. Some minor foxing, mainly to page edges, pages age toned. Good. (Book ref. 2322) £10.00
Hopkins, William John: SHE BLOWS! AND SPARM AT THAT!
London: Constable & Co. Ltd. Circa 1920. 1st UK Edition (no date, circa 1920): 361pp, with illustrations from paintings by Clifford Warren Ashley. The author reminisces about his youthful experiences aboard a whaler in the 1870's. Shelfware, covers slightly stained, age toning to pages, odd page loose. Good (Book ref. 2316) £9.00
Honigmann, John J. and Irma: ESKIMO TOWNSMEN
Ottawa: Canadian Research Centre for Anthropology, University of Ottawa, 1965. 1st Edition: xx, 278pp, illustrated, 6 diagrams, 38tables, 151 b/w plates. Card covers. An anthropological study based on the author's researches at Frobisher Bay in 1963. very Good (Book ref. 2315) £15.00
Berne: Kummerly & Frey, 1957 1st Edition: 125pp, illustrated, 12 color plates, 66 b/w plates and illustrations, 3 maps. White cloth covers with gilt titles and decoration in illustrated dustjacket. Ex Library with library stamp on rear of title page, Water damage, mainly affecting cover, dustjacket tatty. Fair. (Book ref. 2314) £10.00
Hobbs, William Herbert: THE NORTH POLE OF THE WINDS: Exploring About the North Pole of the Winds
New York: G P Putnam's Sons, 1930. 1st Edition: viii, 376, map endpapers, illustrated, 24 b/w plates, tailpieces. Original blue cloth covers with gilt titling. A lively account of a series of expeditions to Greenland, 1926-28. The author was Professor of Geology and Directory of the Greenland Expedition of the University of Michigan. Chapters : 1. The First Cruise to Greenland on the Morrissey; 2. In Camp on the Maligiakfjord; 3. The Motor-Canoe Swamped and the Rescue; 4. The Winds from the "Great Ice"; 5. Exploring the Upper Air; 6. The Summer Expedition to the Ice-Cap; 7. The Return on Forced Marches; 8. Again in Camp on the Maligiakfjord; 9. The Stormy Return Cruise on the Crippled Morrissey; 10. The Second Expedition to Greenland on the Disko; 11. Storm-Bound on the Walrus; 12. Building the Expedition Base on Mount Evans; 13. Reconnaissance; 14. The Second expedition to the Ice-Cap; 15. On the Ice-Cap and Back to Camp Lloyd; 16. Bangsted's Winter Expedition to the Ice-Cap; 17. The Third Greenland Expedition; 18. The Relief of Carlson at Mount Evans; 19. Preparing for the Rockford Flyers; 20. Exploring in the Caribou Country; 21. The Search for Hassell and Cramer; 22. The Rescue; 23. Shipwrecked; 24. In Peril of Waters off the Greenland Coast; 25. Aboard the Tramp-Ship Fulton; 26. Carlson's Winter Dog-Sled Expedition; 27. Our Wireless Station's Activities; 28. The Closing of the Station. With appendix and index. Shelfware, bumped, pages age toned, few small old worm holes on rear ep, contents clean. Very Good (Book ref. 2320) £35.00
Hobbs, William Herbert: PEARY.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. 1st Edition: xv, 502pp, illustrated, 27 maps, 13 halftones, 10 records and diagrams and 36 drawings by the author after photographs by Peary and others. Blue cloth covers with gilt titling From the preface: "The writer has had the advantage of knowing Peary intimately since 1913, and his circle of friends has included most of the great explorers of our time." Arctic Biblio: 7160 "Detailed and thoroughly documented biography of Robert E. Peary, with interpolated information on Greenland, expedition equipment, meteorology, etc.,...Chapters on training, government service, his eight expeditions to the North Greenland region. Includes discussion on the icecap, its wind system, Cape York meteorites; Peary's assults on the Pole (in detail); the Peary-Cook controversy". Shelfware, very minor water staining affecting some page edges up to page 96, previous owners signature on rear of front cover. Very Good (Book ref. 2312) £20.00
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922. 2nd Edition: xxiv, 301 pp. illustrated, 34 b/w plates including frontispiece, 140b/w illustrations, maps, charts, in text. Black cloth covers with gilt titling to spine. Previous owners signatures and contemporary booksellers stamp on feps. Very slight bumping to cover, contents clean. Very Good. (Book ref. 2313) £100.00
London: Methuen & Co.,1906. 1st Edition: vii (1), 314pp, [40pp publishers advertisements], illustrated, 18 illustrations, 4 maps including 1 folding and 1 large coloured folding map. Arctic Bibl.7139 "Contains chapters on voyages, land journeys, (and Andree's baloon flight), from earliest times to 1900; with an index." Covers faded, spine sunned and splitting. Previous owners name erased and "sold by library" stamp on rear front cover but no other library markings, prelims beginning to loosen but majority of pages tight, small tear to fold out map, some foxing, mainly to page edges, margins, pages age toned but overall good condition. Newspaper clipping (Obituary Sir A.H. Markham) tipped in on page 222. Good (Book ref. 2311) £75.00
Hertling, Knud and Erik Hesselbjerg, Svend Klitgaard, Ebbe Munck and Olaf Petersen: GREENLAND PAST AND PRESENT.
Copenhagen: Edvard Henriksen, Circa 1970. No date, circa 1970, presumed 1st Edition: 370 pp, illustrated, b/w photographs, charts, maps. Half-leather, with marbled boards, illustrated endpapers in unclipped dustjacket. An illustrated history of Greenland, Denmark's most northern province. Contributions include geography, climate, weather, mammals, birds, marine life, sea, geology, natural history, language, education, constitution, art, commerce etc. (Book ref. 2307) £30.00
Herbert, Wally: ACROSS THE TOP OF THE WORLD: The British Trans- Arctic Expedition.
London: Longmans, 1969. 1st UK Edition: 209pp, illustrated, map, 24 pages of b/w photographs. Blue cloth covers with gilt titling to spine in illustrated unclipped dustjacket. The Arctic expedition of 1968. A fascinating account of an epic journey undertaken by four men and 34 huskies, which took 476 days and marked the first crossing of the frozen Arctic Ocean, written by the leader of the expedition. Minor shelfware, Very Good/Very Good. (Book ref. 2310) £10.00
Herbert, Marie: THE SNOW PEOPLE.
London: Book Club Associates, 1974. Book Club Associates Edition: 254pp, illustrated, b/w photographs, 1 map. Turquoise cloth covers with gilt titling to spine in illustrated unclipped dustjacket. When Marie Herbert married explorer Wally she imagined herself waiting long months at home for news from remote, uncharted areas. Within two years she was living in a remote settlement of Polar Eskimos with her husband & infant daughter. This is a fascinating story of a woman's year in the artic circle with her explorer husband and her two children describing the place, the weather, the people, the animal life in and around Thuls on Greenland's Western edge and Elesmere Island's western shore. (Book ref. 2308) £5.00
Henderson, Ebernezer: ICELAND: or the journal of a residence in that island, during the years 1814 and 1815. Containing observations on the natural phenomena, history, literature, and antiquities of the island; and the religion, character, manners, and customs .........
Boston, Perkins & Marvin, 1831 1st American Edition, abridged from the Second Edinburgh edition: xiii, 252 pp. plus 4pp publishers advertisements. This is among the earliest accounts of Iceland to be published in the United States. Full Title - ICELAND: or the journal of a residence in that island, during the years 1814 and 1815. Containing observations on the natural phenomena, history, literature, and antiquities of the island; and the religion, character, manners, and customs of its inhabitants. " A good source for information on Iceland, with much on the natural phenomenon, the people and their customs, etc., by this agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society, "instructed to investigate and make arrangements for supplying the want of Bibles there." Rebound and lacks folding map and illustrations . Covers grubby, foxing throughout, some pages slightly warped. Good reading copy. Fair. (Book ref. 2309) £50.00
Helmericks, Constance and Harmon: OUR SUMMER WITH THE ESKIMOS.
London: Museum Press, 1952. 1st UK Edition: 255pp, illustrated, 24 b/w photographs, map endpapers. Green cloth covers with gilt titling to spine in illustrated dustjacket. The second of three books by the Helmericks about their adventures in Alaska completing a 1,000 mile journey down the Colville River to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Dustjacket chipped with small pieces missing, spine stained, contents clean. Very Good/Fair. (Book ref. 2306) £14.00
London: Thornton Butterworth,1934. 1st Edition; 317 pp, plus 3 pp of advertisements. Illustrated with 22 b/w photographs, 11 maps and diagrams, (including one double page and 3 folding). Original green cloth, blind stamped colophon on front cover, gilt titling on front and spine. Arctic Bibl. 6800. Excellent review & summary of Arctic activity 1909-1934. Shelfware, previous owners inscription on fep, some minor foxing, odd leaf beginning to loosen, pages age toned, as usual. Very Good. (Book ref. 2300) £30.00