1894 Polar Gleams an Account of a Voyage on the Yacht 'Blencathra'
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First Edition, Illustrated, Rebound, Very Scarce
The very scarce first edition of this work.
A first-hand account of the Polar voyage of the yacht 'Blencathra', an in-depth work on an exciting expedition.
Illustrated with a frontispiece, fifteen plates, and two maps.
Written by Helen Peel, with a preface by the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, and with contributions by Captain Joseph Wiggins and Frederick G. Jackson.
Ink inscription of Brian Birley Roberts to the recto to the front endpaper. Roberts was a British polar expert, a diplomat who played a key role during the Antarctic Treaty System development.
From the library of Eric Kenneth Prentice Back, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Kenn Back was a British meteorologist with the British Antarctic survey for many years. He spent eight winters in the Antarctic and is a descendent of Captain George Back. In addition, he served as base commander at Halley, Faraday and Rothera stations. His library collection was built over decades and highlights his love of polar exploration.
Bookseller's label to the rear pastedown.
Rebound in a cloth binding. Externally, smart. A few light marks to the boards and spine. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Light spots to the fore edge. Front hinge is starting a little but remains firm. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper. Bookseller's label to the rear pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with some odd spots.
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