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NANSEN, Fridtjof.
In Northern Mists. Arctic Exploration in Early Times. Translated by Arthur G. Chater.
London: William Heinemann, 1911. 2 volumes, large octavo. Original blue vertical-ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, front boards with concentric blind panels enclosing gilt titles and semi-circular gilt design of low sun over sea and mountains with approaching Viking longship. With the dust jackets. Trivial rubbing to extremities, lower outer corner of vol. 1 rear board slightly bumped, mild spotting to edges, endleaves and prelims, customary strips of browning to free endpapers, small abrasions to rear pastedowns probably from a bookseller's ticket, a few isolated sprays of foxing to the text, these flaws minor: a superb copy in the remarkably fresh dust jackets, with just a hint of rubbing to the heads of the spines, shallow chips to corners, and vol. 1 with a short closed tear to the head of the front joint. Tipped-in coloured frontispieces (with tissue-guards), numerous wood-engraved illustrations and maps in the text; title pages printed in blue & black. First edition in English, published the same year as the Norwegian original, rare in the dust jackets, and a very handsome copy in the superior gilt-stamped variant binding; In Northern Mists is also encountered with the front boards lettered and panelled solely in black. Nansen wrote the book at the request of the Royal Geographical Society: "this book owes its existence to a rash promise made some years ago to my friend [the geographer] Dr. J. Scott Keltie". It is an historical survey of the opening of the Arctic from classical antiquity to Cabot and the Portuguese discoveries in the north-west, and includes an a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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