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  • The Great White South or,  With Scott in the Antarctic – Herbert Ponting – 1923

    The Great White South or, With Scott in the Antarctic – Herbert Ponting – 1923

    Subtitle … Being and account of Experiences with Captain Scott’s South Pole Expedition and of the Nature life of the Antarctic.

    Herbert Ponting’s highly regarded and popular contribution to the heroic era library.

    Published by McBride , New York. Printed from the UK plates. Octavo, 305 pages plus In Memoriam, with an introduction by Kathleen Scott which has numerous references to Scott’s Diary in which he praises Ponting’s abilities and contribution. Illustrated throughout from images taken from Ponting photographs (circa 175) and a further two drawings and a map. Original deep blue cloth covered boards with gilt titles and Terra Nova emblem to front, rough cut page edges as issued. A tiny bit of age, really very clean inside and a delightful copy.

    This book, about the fateful Tera Nova expedition, is well written and provides a different perspective. The images are sublime making the narrative come to life in a manner that could not be done otherwise.

    Ponting essential Antarctic and photography.


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  • Australian Antarctic Science – The First Fifty Years of ANARE – Marchant, Lugg  and Quilty

    Australian Antarctic Science – The First Fifty Years of ANARE – Marchant, Lugg and Quilty

    Published in 2002 by the Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston, Tasmania. Large octavo, 622 pages after preliminaries. Illustrated boards (never had a dust jacket). A substantial quality production. A fine copy – heavy book probably not suitable for Overseas postage alone.

    Edited by Harvey Marchant (leader of the Biology program), Desmond Lugg (Chief, Medicine of Extreme Environments at NASA) and Patrick Quilty (Retired Chief Scientist).

    A wealth of knowledge brought together and condensed into a fine work on the Antarctic.

    Born out of the 1997 Jubilee Science Symposium the work begins with an address from the Governor of Tasmania.

    The scope and process of developing research programs is reviewed and the then stimulus of new technologies. An exciting lengthy chapter on Cosmic-ray physics and astronomy. Antarctic operational metrology by Neil Streten and the automatic weather stations.

    Our favourite, the History of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic Continental Shelf followed by its companion the Geological Evolution of the East Antarctic Shield. Terrestrial biology, aquatic microbiology …. Krill, fish, birds and mammals. And the physics of the atmosphere, climate and other environmental issues.

    The whole well illustrated with charts, diagrams and images and as expected cross referenced to wealth of published research.

    ANARE a lasting scientific record.


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  • Spring on an Antarctic Island (Bylot Island) – Katherine Scherman

    Spring on an Antarctic Island (Bylot Island) – Katherine Scherman

    First edition published by Victor Gollancz, London in 1956. The author and a group of naturalists and scientists visit remote Bylot Island, north of Baffin Island well within the Arctic Circle.

    Octavo, 329 pages, end paper maps, illustrated from photographs taken on the expedition. A small chip top of dust jacket, otherwise a fine copy.

    The party flew by light aircraft to Pond Inlet a remote Hudson Bay Company outpost on the northern shores of Baffin Island. Some explorations in the locale and then off further north to Bylot with Eskimo guide Idlouk. They set up camp near the Aktineg glacier. Bylot sparsely populated with a few friendly Eskimo group is a cold mountainous place with its own unique flora and fauna. Image the Arctic Willow which last eight years but never gets higher than five inches.

    Bylot a unique environment – an authentic account.


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  • The Narrative of the Jannette Arctic Expedition – First Edition 1882

    True first edition published by subscription only. With maps, portraits, engravings and the splendid decorated cloth covers which make the book a treasure. A hint of even toning, inner hinges re-enforced, otherwise a very good copy in bright and clean decorated boards.

    Longer title … “Our Lost Explorers: The Narrative of the Jeannette Arctic Expedition as related by the Survivors, and in the Records and last Journals of Lieutenant De Long, Revised by Raymond Lee Necomb, Naturalist of the Expedition. Also, an Account of the Jeannette Search Expeditions etc.”

    Set out from San Francisco in July 1879 with supplies for three years sponsored by the owner of the New York “Herald” who also sponsored Stanley to search for Livingstone. The objective was to approach the North Pole through the Bering Straits. She was lost for two years caught in ice near Wrangel Island and eventually crushed. The crew escaped but 13 survived out of 33. Three new islands were discovered and named although they have always been regarded as Russian territory.

    The Janette lost in the Arctic in the 1880’s


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  • To Greenland’s Icy Mountains  – Eve Garnett – First Edition 1968

    To Greenland’s Icy Mountains – Eve Garnett – First Edition 1968

    A semi fictionalised account of Hans Egede, Explorer and Missionary who in the early 18thC went in search of the descendants of 10thC Christians who went to the West Coast of Greenland.

    Egede was in Greenland between 1797-1718. The author makes Egede’s story come alive as if it was yesterday.

    Published by Heinemann, London in 1968, a first edition. Octavo, 190 pages, well illustrated with frontispiece portrait, sketches by the author and images from appropriate photographs, maps and charts. Good condition albeit front free end paper excised.

    Inspirational Greenland Story


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  • The Silence Calling – Australians in Antarctica 1947-97 – The ANARE Jubilee History – Tim Bowden – Signed First Edition

    The Silence Calling – Australians in Antarctica 1947-97 – The ANARE Jubilee History – Tim Bowden – Signed First Edition

    A substantial book published by Allen & Unwin in 1997. Signed and dated by the author on the title likely at the official book launch given the date.

    Quarto, 593 pages, illustrated throughout. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. A heavy book that may require a significant Overseas supplement.

    ANARE started with the planting of a flag at Atlas Cove on Heard Island on Boxing Day 1947. It was down to Tim Bowden to write this superior record of what was to come. It took him four years – just as well he started early!

    A straight forward Forward by the great Phillip Law leads into other useful preliminaries (including a healthy listing of acronyms which litter Antarctic going on) before a chronological history taking us from the Beginning at Heard then Macquarie and the push further south. To the exploration era (1954-1966) and “filling in the map”. Some difficult times for ANARE in the late sixties and seventies before a change to its modern progressive format. The final pages list Wintering Expeditioners; Medal Winners and Voyage Leaders. Useful obligatory bibliography.

    Bowden’s even bigger work on the Australian’s in Antarctica – Signed nicely.


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