First edition in English, published in the same year as the Norwegian original. Two volumes. Publisher's original blue ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, title and illustration in gilt to upper boards, gilt to top edge of volume one. Tipped-in colour frontispiece to each volume and numerous wood-engraved illustrations and maps within the text. A very good set with bright bindings. There is minor bumping and marking to the boards of both volumes, a bash to the upper corner of the rear board of volume 2 and a scratch to the bottom of the spine. Volume one has scattered foxing throughout, particularly to preliminary pages, and numerous scholarly annotations to the text in pencil and ink. There are previous owners' inscriptions to the front endpaper of volume one and a bookplate to the front pastedown of volume 2. The two volumes appear to be a marriage, but still form an attractive set.
An account of the history of Arctic exploration by the renowned Norwegian explorer, stretching from antiquity to Cabot's discovery of North America and the Portuguese mapping of the north-west.
Stock code: 18042