Life and Explorations of Fridtjof Nansen
New Edition Revised and Considerably Enlarged
By Bain, J Arthur
London: Walter Scott. 1897 (ND) Enlarged and Revised Edition. 8v0 â€“ 20.8cm. [xix], 449pp., 2pp. publisherâ€™s advertisements. Black-and-white frontis portrait, numerous black-and-white photographic plates, maps, line drawings and illustrations in text. Publisherâ€™s deep-burgundy cloth with beveled boards, top and bottom de-bossed ruling, bright gilt titles on cover and spine, cover with bright gilt image and signature of Fridtjof Nansen, spine with bright silver image of the â€śFramâ€ť. Publisherâ€™s floral patterned end leaves, no prior ownership markings, no foxing, folds or tears. A very clean copy inside and out â€“ complete and in Near Fine condition. Not in Arctic Bibliography.
Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), the famous Norwegian explorer, was a scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Nansen was a champion skier and ice skater, and he led a team that made the first crossing of the Greenland in 1888. Nansenâ€™s methods of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced all future Arctic and Antarctic expeditions: he invented the Nansen sledge, with broad, ski-like runners; the Nansen cooker to improve the heat efficiency of stoves; and he influenced the change from traditionally heavy, awkward garments to use of several layers of lightweight material. Nansenâ€™s knowledge and understanding were empirically based and gained by his personal experience as well as by living with and studying the Eskimo methods of travel and survival.
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