In Northern Mists

Arctic Exploration In Early Times

NANSEN, Fridtjof

IN THE RARE DUSTWRAPPERS

NANSEN, Fridtjof In Northern Mists Arctic Exploration In Early Times

William Heinemann, 1911.

First edition in English. Two volumes. 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth lettered gilt to spine and upper cover, with gilt vignette to the upper cover, in the original dustwrappers. Tipped-in colour frontispieces to each volume, numerous reproductions of maps and manuscripts from early Arctic exploration, as well as further illustrations by Nansen. A fine set, in uncommonly nice condition, in very near fine examples of the rare dustwrappers, exceptionally clean and crisp.

Nansen's history of westward and northward exploration from antiquity until John Cabot's fifteenth century discovery of North America.
In his introduction he notes "It is not until we come far down into the full daylight of history that we find men setting out with the conscious purpose of exploring the unknown for its own sake. With those early hunters, it was doubtless new ground and new game that drew them on, but they too were attracted, consciously or unconsciously, by the spirit of adventure and the unknown - so deep in the soul of man does this divine force lie, the mainspring, perhaps, of the greatest of our actions."
Most uncommon to find in the original dustwrappers, particularly in such nice condition.

Stock ID: 40282

£2,000.00

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