My Life as an Explorer
By Roald Amundsen
London: Heinemann, First UK Edition, 1927, 8vo ‚Äď 23.8 cm, 282p.; Appendix: Refutation of Various Points in Nobile‚Äôs Lectures in America; Index; photographic frontpiece of the Gjoa, two full-page maps and one sketch.
‚ÄĒSpence 25; Renard 24; Conrad p.84; Rosove 11.A2
A Near Fine copy of the Very Scarce 1st UK Edition in publisher‚Äôs dark-blue cloth, bright gilt lettering on both spine and cover; internally Near Fine with no prior ownership markings, pages crisp with pleasing tactile and acoustical quality. A clean copy.
This is the autobiography of Roald Amundsen‚ÄĒprobably the most famous and accomplished of polar explorers. He was the first to successfully navigate the Northwest Passage after centuries of attempts and countless lives lost. Amundsen was also first to step foot on the South Pole, and given the doubts surrounding both Cook and Peary, he may very well have been the first person to claim the North Pole‚ÄĒby flight in the airship ‚ÄėNorge‚Äô, 1925. My Life as an Explorer gives an autobiographical account of Amundsen‚Äôs various polar endeavors and accomplishments‚ÄĒit tells the story of a career of intrepid courage resulting in a vastly increased knowledge of the Earth. Amundsen sums up his success in one word — Preparation. His accounts are prefaced by the story of how he became an explorer. Also provided is the first account of Amundsen‚Äôs relations with Scott and his refutation of Stefansson‚Äôs thesis in The Friendly Arctic, a book Amundsen felt to be misleading.
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