In Northern Mists
Arctic Exploration in Early Times
New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1911 First Edition, thick sm4to â€“ 26.2cm, In 2 Volumes: Vol. I: [xiii], 384 pp. Vol. II: [xiii], 420 pp.; Index, Bibliography. This first US edition is preferred by many over the first UK since this first US edition collates with more preliminary pages and four more pages of text in volume 2. Mounted color frontispieces with tissue guards and numerous illustrations by Nansen and maps throughout text. Publisherâ€™s blue cloth boards with bright gilt lettering and cover image of Arctic scene. Exterior and interior are clean â€“ a NEAR FINE set with no foxing, folds or tears, strong un-cracked hinges, pages crisp and clean. Prior ownerâ€™s bookplate inside front cover. A Near Fine and complete copy â€“ a lovely set. Arctic Bibliography 11993.
A well-researched seminal study of early Arctic exploration from Antiquity and into the 16th century. In Northern Mists provides a history of westward and northward exploration from the earliest known times to the period of the discovery of North America by John Cabot. Included are the exploits of Pytheas, the myths and history of the Norse Sagas, the story of Leif Eriksson, and the romantic search for the Northeast and Northwest passages by Davis, Baffin and Hudson. This is a very well written book by Nansen as he applies his knowledge as a statesman and student of the history of exploration combined with his power as an accomplished polar explorer to a very heroic subject â€“ the lifting of the mists and the forming of the outlines of the northern seas. This is an impressive set of books, not only in content but in unusually well-preserved condition. This set of books is a translation of Nansen’s Nord i Taakeheimen (Kristiania, 1911).
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