The Northwest Passage
Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship Gjoa 1903-1907. With a Supplement By First Lieutenant Hansen Vice-Commander of the Expedition.
By Amundsen, Roald
London: Constable, 1908. 2 volumes. 1st UK Edition. Volume I: [xiii], 335pp, frontis with tissue guard of Amundsen plus 69 black-and-white photographic plates â€“ several full-page, fold-out maps in rear pockets of each volume including The Route of the â€śGjoaâ€ť Through the Northwest Passage. Volume II: [ix], 397pp, frontis of the â€śGjoaâ€ť meeting its first whaling ship with tissue guard, plus 70 black-and-white photographic plates, large fold-out color map at rear entitled Map of King Haakon VII Coast and Queen Maudâ€™s Sea, and of Lieutenant Hansen and Sergeant Ristveldtâ€™s Sledge Expedition 1905. Publisherâ€™s dark blue-green cloth with bright gilt lettering â€” covers in excellent condition, top page edges gilt and pictorial covers with bright gilt decoration. No prior ownership markings, hinges strong and un-cracked, no foxing, folds or tears â€“ Complete and clean â€“ a Near Fine set. â€”Arctic Bibliography 402
The first person narrative of the successful Norwegian Northwest Passage Expedition led by Roald Amundsen in the â€śGjoaâ€ť. This famous polar expedition was the first to successfully navigate the Northwest Passage after countless efforts and numerous lives lost. Included in the narrative are the voyage to the Canadian Arctic, wintering at Gjoa Haven on King William Island, Eskimos encountered including Mackenzie Delta Eskimos, numerous boat and sledge journeys, food and hunting. The narrative is particularly abundant with cultural information regarding Eskimo life and customs.