A Polar Reconnaissance

Being The Voyage Of The Isbjorn To Novaya Zemlya In 1879

MARKHAM, Albert Hastings

MARKHAM, Albert Hastings A Polar Reconnaissance Being The Voyage Of The Isbjorn To Novaya Zemlya In 1879

C. Kegan Paul, 1881.

First edition. 8vo. Publisher's original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt and black. Publisher's advertisement catalogue date coded January 1881 bound to rear. Six engraved plates, four illustrations in the text and two folding maps to rear. A very good copy indeed, with a shade of darkening to the spine and slight rolling to the spine ends.

Part-history of previous expeditions to the north-eastern archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, and part-narrative of the 1879 expedition there joined by Markham, copies of the book in nice condition and in the original cloth are uncommon.
We have noted two states of the cloth binding. The present example has lettering to the upper cover and is decorated with icebergs in black, an aurora in gilt, and a double rope-styled border in black. The other state has "Reconnaissance" on the spine lettered sans serif, with a black roundel encasing a gilt-edged North Pole and a double ruled border to the upper cover. No precedence between the two can be established.

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£1,500.00

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