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  • The White Spider – The History of the Eiger’s North Face – Harrer – trans Merrick – First English edition

    The White Spider – The History of the Eiger’s North Face – Harrer – trans Merrick – First English edition

    First English edition translated by Hugh Merrick from the German of Heinrich Harrer. Published by Rupert Hart-David, London in 1959.

    Large octavo, 240 pages, numerous illustrations many from photographs. A good dust jacket, a little spotting here and there internally, still a very good copy.

    A very good copy of a scarce and desirable work. The six thousand feet of near vertical rock face defied climber for years. Austrian born Heinrich Harrer made the first successful climb along with Andreas Heckmair, Ludwig Vorg and Fritz Patrick in 1938.

    This White Spider describes the event and the before and after attempts from the first attempts to the disastrous 1957 expedition. The “White Spider” is a large basin of ice 1,500 feet from the summit that is the source of numerous deadly avalanches. The book is written with care and detail .. at the rear is a “step by step” guide on how to approach the climb with a super fold out photograph of the face in climbing detail.

    The North Face of the Eiger Not Impossible

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $125.00

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  • A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb – 1895

    A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb – 1895

    John Gladwyn Jebb led as an adventurous life as could be possible. This book was compiled by his widow and carries the introduction of none other than possibly the greatest adventure writer H Rider Haggard.

    English born Jebb’s adventures began as a military man in India. Soon he was conducting privately funded explorations into Central and Southern America. Involved in numerous business dealings… helped to start White Line … was in involved in armaments. He moved to the US and the Wild West … bear hunting, gold mining and a few conflicts with local bandits and Indians. Off to Mexico to make his fortune gold mining (made it and lost it) and much of the later part of the books is about his times in Mexico padded a bit with history of the region.

    Published by Blackwood, Edinburgh in 1895 octavo, 271 pages, frontispiece of the great man, illustrated in a Victorian way by John Wallce. Pictorial boards nice but rubbed especially at the tips. Overall, still a particularly good copy of a book rather hard to find so.

    Inspiration for Rider Haggard – John Jebb Adventurer

    $80.00

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  • The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    Leader, John Hunt’s classic account of the conquest with of Everest Alfred Gregory’s photographs.

    This is the delightful Readers Book Club edition of 1955. Octavo, 320 pages nicely illustrated.

    A very nice copy, very clean inside. Super dust jacket showing Tenzing on the summit, a little creased but still very nice.

    All the way to the very top

    $30.00

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  • In Search of Franklin – The Journal of Rochfort Maguire 1852-1854 … Two Years at Point Barrow, Alaska, aboard HMS Plover in the Search of Sir John Franklin – Edited by John Bockstoce

    In Search of Franklin – The Journal of Rochfort Maguire 1852-1854 … Two Years at Point Barrow, Alaska, aboard HMS Plover in the Search of Sir John Franklin – Edited by John Bockstoce

    Sir John Franklin’s expedition left England in 1845 in search of the northwest passage. Three years later HMS Plover was the first to mount what would be many expeditions in search of the lost crew of the Erebus and Terror.

    A Hakluyt Society publication in two octavo volumes published in 1988. 584 pages in total heavily illustrated and in fine as if new condition. There is a super large scale folding map on the Western Esquimaux by Simpson which we have difficulty scanning nicely because of its size.

    Of further interest is that this expedition approached from the west whereas analysis of the search for Franklin has tended to focus on eastern approaches. The heart of this book is based on the journals of Captain Rochfort Maguire and it represents the earliest account of sustained contact with the Eskimos of northern Alaska. A detailed introduction regarding the history, strategy and logistics of the search and the conclusion supplemented by other accounts of Dr John Simpson who participated in a five boat expedition from Point Barrow.

    Search for Franklin – First from the West

    $65.00

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  • Mawson’s Antarctic Diaries & Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson – Audio Collection

    Mawson’s Antarctic Diaries & Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson – Audio Collection

    A audio tape (cassette) set of six – representing a five part radio series produced with the assistance of the University of Adelaide Foundation.

    Surely a Polar Exploration antique of the future. The programs were produced in the studios of Radio 5UV at the University of Adelaide and broadcast in October 1990. The box set of tapes was produced in 1991.

    After an introductory tape we have two tapes covering the AAE expedition and two for the later BANZARE expedition … a final tape “Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson”. The producer and narrator was Helen Oliver with Colin Elix being the voice of Mawson. A distinguished list of contributors includes Fred and Eleanor Jacka who compiled the diaries, Eric Rudd, Patrick Quilty and may others.

    Anyone struggling to find a cassette player … get in touch!

    An unusual yet special item of Mawson memorabilia.

    $150.00

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  • An Arctic Voyage to Baffin’s Bay and Lancaster Sound in Search of Friends with Sir John Franklin – Robert Anstruther Goodsir  (Late President of the Royal Medical Society).

    An Arctic Voyage to Baffin’s Bay and Lancaster Sound in Search of Friends with Sir John Franklin – Robert Anstruther Goodsir (Late President of the Royal Medical Society).

    A fine facsimile of the pricey 1850 original by Voorst, London. This edition published by The Arctic Press, Plaistow & Sutton Coldfield, England in 1996.

    Octavo, viii, 152 pages in original blue cloth covered binding, black end paper, frontispiece and folding map showing the route taken. Limited edition this individually numbered 350 of 500.

    The author a distinguished medic undertook an eight month voyage aboard the “Advice” under whaling Captain Penny in search of the missing Franklin expedition in 1849. The author’s brother, Harry Goodsir, was surgeon with Franklin. The journal gives a good description of Baffin’s Bay and Lancaster Sound as well as interactions with Eskimo, ice conditions, bird life, polar bears and whaling etc. The author also joined the second Penny expedition to attempt to find Franklin aboard the “Lady Franklin”

    Goodsir in the Arctic looking for Franklin and his brother

    $120.00

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