1902 The First Crossing of Greenland
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Prize Binding
The work of Norwegian polymath and explorer Fridtjof Nansen, translated into English by Hubert Majendie Gepp, and in a full calf prize binding.
A fascinating account of Nansen's exploration, covering his time leading the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, traversing the island on cross-country skis.
Although Nansen retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
This newer edition of Nansen's work has been condensed into a single volume, edited with little effect to the narrative, retaining Nansen's account of his voyage but excluding some of his general observations regarding 'subsidiary matters'.
With seventeen illustrated plates, and numerous further vignette illustrations.
With the prize bookplate of Blundell's school to the rear, awarding the work to R. Wade in 1903.
A thrilling first person narrative of the perilous first crossing of Greenland.
In a full calf school prize binding, with gilt detail. Significant fading to back strip, with rear joint rubbed, and head and tail of front joint starting with board firmly held. Boards bright, but rubbed. Rear hinge starting, with board holding firm. School prize bookplate to front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and clean.
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