In Nacht und Eis. Die Norwegische Polarexpedition 1893 - 1896
[In Night and Ice. The Norwegian Polar Expedition 1893 â€“ 1896]
With a contribution of Captain Sverdrup
By Nansen, Firdtjof
Leipzig: Brockhaus, 1914, First German edition with text in German. thick 8vo â€“ 23.3cm. Publisherâ€™s illustrated linen boards with floral end leaves. 308 black-and-white photographs and Nansen drawings including 12 colored chromolithographic prints and 4 large fold-out colour maps bound in. A Scarce complete three volume set with the frequently missing Supplement Volume III by Lieutenant Frederik Hjalmar Johansen. In the English language, this narrative is known as Farthest North, however both in the English and American editions, only the first two volumes are printed. This is the three volume set of Nansenâ€™s Norwegian Polar Expedition. No prior ownership markings, clean pages, tissue guards in place â€“ a lovely set â€“ complete and in Near Fine condition. Arctic Bibliography 11992.
Vol. I: [x], 527pp., 123 photographic illustrations, drawings and lithographic plates, two color fold-out maps at rear.
Vol. II: [viii], 539pp., Index. 95 photographic illustrations, drawings and lithographic plates, two color fold-out maps at rear.
Vol. III: [viii], 519pp., Index, 90 illustrations and drawings.
Fridtjof Nansen documents through narrative and images one of the most remarkable performances in the annals of North Pole exploration and research. After Nansen’s daring and successful sledge expedition across Greenland in 1888, he conceived a more dangerous adventure – to reach the North Pole on board the “Fram”, a vessel specifically designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the ice flows. Nansen believed there was sufficient evidence to prove that a Polar Sea current existed across the North Pole. He had observed driftwood from Siberia in parts of Greenland, and noted that some of the remains of the “Jeannette”, foundered north of Siberia in 1879, were discovered off Greenland. Nansen and his crew set sail in the “Fram” in the summer of 1893. Nansen planned to intentionally trap the boat in the ice flows north of Siberia and drift northwest to the pole and eventually Greenland. After nearly two years, the “Framâ€™s” progress stalled, and Nansen set off with his companion Frederik Johansen to make for the North Pole via sledge. In the year that followed, extreme hardships and conditions demonstrated Nansen would never reach the Pole, however he did set foot further north than anyone previously. The mission was ultimately to prove successful along other significant veins as Nansen made significant scientific and oceanographic discoveries, most importantly the discovery of a deep Arctic Ocean free from landmass.
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