The Great Frozen Land (Bolshaia Zemelskija Tundra)
Narrative of a Winter Journey Across the Tundras and a Sojourn Among the Samoyads
By Jackson, Frederick George
Edited from his journals by Arthur Montefiore
London: Macmillan and Co., First Edition. 1895. 8vo â€“ 23.4cm.; [xviii], 297, [ii, ads] pp, frontis with tissue guard, numerous illustrations from photos and drawings including full-page, 3 fold-out colored maps showing Jacksonâ€™s routes, Index. Publisherâ€™s blue cloth with de-bossed gilt caribou, gilt ruled and with bright gilt spine title lettering. A clean copy with no foxing or tears, prior owners discrete signature on second front end leaf. A Near Fine copy. â€”Arctic Bibliography 7940
In the fall of 1893 Jackson traveled to Arctic Russia’s Vaygach Island, explored it and spent a year living among the Samoyads using reindeer and ponies for sledge hauls. He travelled the Arctic coast from Vaygach to the Pachora, ascended that river to Ust Tsilma, traveled westward to the Mezen via the Pinega to Archangel, thence eastward around the White Sea and north across the Kola to Varanger Fiord. This journey was undertaken to learn winter travel methods and gather information from the natives in preparation for the author’s Franz Josef Land Expedition begun later in the year 1894. The work describes the Samoyed’s appearance, way of life, language, folktales, character, food, travel, beliefs and diseases, as well as natural history, geography, weather, the Lapps, scurvy and frostbite.
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