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The Rescue of Captain Scott, Aldridge, Don
1 Aldridge, Don The Rescue of Captain Scott
East Lothian Tuckwell Press, Ltd. 1999 1862320705 / 9781862320703 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Map Endpapers 
Top back corner lightly bumped ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; B&W Photographs; 9.21 X 6.30 X 1.02 inches; 215 pages; "This book explores the reasons for the building of Scott's ship Discovery in Dundee. It recounts the remarkable exploits of Dundee's ice master, Captain Harry McKay, whose experience of rescuing ships locked in pack ice with the aid of his new explosive techniques, made him the Admiralty's choice to free Scott from this fate in 1904. The author's research in Dundee, New Zealand and Australia has uncovered' unpublished material, including photographs and diaries, from the two rescue ships and reveals for the first time how two Merchant Navy Captains - McKay of the Terra Nova and Colbeck of the Morning - blasted 18 miles of ice to free Scott.The book has a darker side and tells how Discovery's inexperienced leader consigned the two superbly experienced and competent captains, McKay and Colbeck, to oblivion and became a national hero in their stead." 
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Drift Station  Arctic Outposts of Superpower Science, Althoff, William F.
2 Althoff, William F. Drift Station Arctic Outposts of Superpower Science
Dulles, VA Potomac Books Inc. 2007 1574887718 / 9781574887716 1st Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket 
DJ shows light edge wear. Light soil to pages at foredge bottom.; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; B&W Photographs; 9 X 6.20 X 1.40 inches; 355 pages; "Closed to conventional passage, the Arctic Ocean and peripheral seas have nevertheless known European explorers since the sixteenth century. Systematic observation, however, dates only from the last years of the nineteenth century, with the epic drift of Fridtjof Nansen’s ice ship Fram (1893-1896), the first scientific expedition of the modern era. Twentieth-century technology—the icebreaker, radio transmission, nuclear power, and aircraft—opened the Arctic for survey, basic research, and observation. World War II saw the inhospitable circumpolar Arctic transformed into a theater of military operations.The Cold War and the missile age saw governments staking further claims, because only a relatively short arc of maritime boreal waste separated North America and Eurasia. The complex interactions of air, ice, and water that drive circumpolar systems also serve as engines of oceanic and atmospheric circulation. As a result, meteorology, oceanography, geophysics, and many other areas of scientific research in the region soon became acutely linked to the economic, political, and particularly the politico-military interests of the Soviet Union, the United States, Canada, and the other Arctic nations.In response, both superpowers established “drift stations”—that is, isolated camps based on nomadic ice floes—to conduct crucial scientific research. During the Cold War, they were the objects of suspicion, particularly the Soviet stations, which often stood accused as bases for espionage. Today, with the world’s climate system and global warming under study, Russian expertise, data, geography, and stewardship are crucial to the world community." 
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Genesis of Vancouver City : Explorations of Its Site 1791, 1792 & 1808, Bartroli, Tomas
3 Bartroli, Tomas Genesis of Vancouver City : Explorations of Its Site 1791, 1792 & 1808
Vancouver BC Electric Print 1997 0969525028 / 9780969525028 Second Edition Paperback Good+ 
Ex-library, sticker damage front card cover, front cover creased with small piece missing front edge, library sticker with discard stamp on FFEP ; A tight solid book, text unmarked; Trade PB; Square 8vo 8" to 9" tall; 196 pages; A study of the early European explorations of the delta upon which the city of Vancouver, British Columbia now stands 
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4 Beebe, William Jungle Peace
Toronto, ON The Copp Clark Co. 1918 First Canadian Edition Hardcover Very Good- 
Blue cloth boards have some soiling, shelfwear to edges and corners. Front hinge started. Previous owner's name on FFEP. Corners bumped ; A tight solid book. ; B&W Photographs; 297 pages 
Price: 13.50 CDN
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Unknown Lands The Log Book of the Great Explorers, Bellec, Francois
5 Bellec, Francois Unknown Lands The Log Book of the Great Explorers
New York Overlook Press 2000 1585672017 / 9781585672011 First Edition; Second Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
DJ has light edge wear, 1/2" tear on back top corner. ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped, decorative endpapers ; B&W and Colour Illustrations; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 216 pages; "This remarkable and beautiful book documents the period of exploration and enlightenment when the Old World began to open its mind to the wonders and mysteries of the New World. Five centuries of eyewitness accounts, drawings, and notes, taken straight from the log books of such famous explorers as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco de Gama, James Cook, and many others who names have been lost, appear in these glowing pages. For the sake of gold and God, these explorers ventured into the Sea of Darkness feared for centuries; the detailed documents they compiled are a remarkable testament to their journeys and discoveries.François Bellec, a world famous expert in the field of maritime exploration and history, has assembled a unique document filled with extraordinary maps drawn by the explorers and their cartographers; fabulous depictions of newly encountered plants, animals, and native people; and detailed illustrations of the adventurers' own vessels and instruments, as well as the boats and instruments of technology that they encountered. Bellec's seamless text and stunning images magnificently convey the sense of wonder and excitement that new sights and experiences inspire. Unknown Lands is a visually stunning book and a historical record of the great discoveries that challenged and changed the understanding of European culture. " 
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6 Bierman, John Dark Safari; the Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley
New York Knopf 1990 039422180X / 9780394221809 Stated First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Front flap creased, slight edge wear to book & DJ ; DJ in Mylar, unclipped, bright, solid book ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 401 pages; A savagely deprived childhood rendered John Rowlands something of an emotional cripple, yet this unloved illegitimate son of a housemaid became Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the celebrated African explorer. Evasion, suppression and falsification were his defenses against the abandonment, rejection and betrayal that haunted his life--and it is the reality behind these Walter Mitty-like defenses that is the subject of this stimulating, well-documented biography. Until he "discovered" Livingstone in 1871, Stanley was essentially a ruthless, driven reporter on the trail of a scoop, but after their meeting he became a searcher for rivers and mountains, lakes and deserts, in a quest for self-esteem. This is an epic tale of epic journeys by a swaggering little man who, at his worst, writes Bierman, was "a bully, a braggart, a hypocrite and a liar" and at his best was "steadfast, brave, enduring, resourceful, and an inspired leader." 
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Fifty Years Below Zero A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North, Brower, Charles D.
7 Brower, Charles D. Fifty Years Below Zero A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North
London Robert Hale Limited 1948 First British Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by B&W Plates 
Green cloth covered boards show some shelf wear, light soiling, minor foxing on endpapers.; A tight solid book, hinges intact. Introduction by Vilhjalmur Stefansson. This book is undated but the imprint on the copyright page stating 'Book Production War Economy Standard' dates this during or shortly after WWII. Worldcat gives it a date of 1948. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 254 pages; "Brower had left San Francisco with the intention of making a short dash north on a whaling ship bound for the mythic Arctic Circle. Adventure had a way of following Charlie Brower. His initial landing turned into a fifty-year long ice-bound lifestyle. Once he stepped off the whaler and back onto dry, albeit frozen land, Brower took a job as master of the whaling station. But, though commerce brought him north, it was the people that helped keep him there for Charlie soon became fast friends with the native Inuit people. They taught him how to hunt seals on the ice, caribou on the tundra, and whales out on the sea. He learned their secrets, lived in their igloos, navigated in their kayaks and avoided being murdered in their feuds. Plus the young adventurer observed the great dramas of the Far North play out. He saw the last of the sailing ships disappear over the horizon, and watched the first airplane fly in. For fifty-seven years, through ice storms and northern lights, Charlie Brower maintained both this lonely outpost and his claim as “Uncle Sam’s most northerly citizen.” A book to remember, “Fifty Years Below Zero” is illustrated with photos by the author." 
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Dangerous Crossings  The First Modern Polar Expedition, 1925, Bryant, John H. &  Harold N. Cones
8 Bryant, John H. & Harold N. Cones Dangerous Crossings The First Modern Polar Expedition, 1925
Annapolis, Maryland US Naval Institute Press 2000 1557501874 / 9781557501875 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Light edge wear to book and dust jacket. Some creasing of DJ ; A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar ; 9.25 X 6.24 X 0.85 inches; 206 pages; "An American expedition that left the coast of Maine in June 1925, skirted the Canadian coast, then headed for Greenland and points farther north, this lesser known voyage was undertaken to map the yet unexplored polar sea above Canada; whether there was an actual landmass there was still unclear. The focus of professors Bryant and Cones, coauthors of the standard history of Zenith Radio Corp., is on technology; the voyage was the first to use aircraft and shortwave radio, with the specific goal of enhancing success. Leader Donald B. MacMillan commanded the naval contingent; Navy Lt.-Comdr. Richard E. Byrd, who would later go on to Antarctica, was one of the fliers, clashing frequently with MacMillan and apparently spending years afterward amplifying his own contributions to the trip. Eugene F. McDonald Jr., second in command and an associate of Peary's, was at the time owner of the small Zenith Radio company. He voluntarily gave the expedition a number of shortwave radio sets that proved to be invaluable for communication in the land of the midnight sun. (McDonald's own humility is contrasted with radioman John L. Reinartz's devious behavior during the trip.) Perfect Storm-like moments, a lack of supplies, some conflict with Danish officials in Greenland, nascent corporate development and the extraordinary bravery of the personnel involved make this an unusually rich exploration narrative." 
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9 Byrd, Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Skyward
Chicago R. R. Donnelley & Sons 1981 (1928) Reprint Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Library pocket and withdrawn stamp on front end papers ; A bright solid, book. A bookplate on the verso of the FFEP denotes this book as a donation to the library from renowned historian W. Kaye Lamb. Black boards with gilt design on front, gilt titles on spine, top edge gilt. Despite condition grading, this is in very nice condition. ; Ex-Library; Lakeside Classics; B&W Illustrations; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 388 pages; This is a quality reprint of the 1928 classic published by Putnam's 
Price: 10.00 CDN
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McGillivray; Lord of the Northwest, Campbell, Marjorie Elliott Wilkins
10 Campbell, Marjorie Elliott Wilkins McGillivray; Lord of the Northwest
Toronto Clarke, Irwin 1962 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by B&W Frontispiece 
Previous owner's name and gift notation on half title page. Red cloth covered boards show only light wear. Dust jacket worn with some soil, short tape repaired tears ; A tight solid book. DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 337 pages; "William McGillivray was during a period of upwards of twenty years the chief director of an association of British merchants and traders in North America called the North West Company of Montreal by whose exertions the continent has been discovered and explored from the lakes of Canada to the Pacific Ocean and the frozen Polar Sea" 
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The Savage River   Seventy-one days with Simon Fraser, Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins & Lewis Parker
11 Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins & Lewis Parker The Savage River Seventy-one days with Simon Fraser
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1968 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Only light wear to dust jacket. ; On the morning of May 28, 1808, Simon Fraser, two clerks, two Native guides, and nineteen voyageurs set out in four frail birch-bark canoes from Fort George on the Pacific slope of the Rocky Mountains. Before them was an unnamed and unexplored river that led south and, Fraser hoped, west to the Pacific coast. Every bend threatened new dangers - impassable rapids, treacherous portages, unfriendly Natives. But in seventy-one days, Fraser and his party fought their way to the mouth of the savage river and back to Fort George.Fraser's journey on the river named for him is one of the most remarkable feats in the exploration of western Canada. Although Fraser failed to find the navigable canoe route to the Pacific, so desperately needed by the North West Company, his exploration helped to secure for Great Britain - and for Canada - the vast territory that became British Columbia.The Savage River is a gripping account by award-winning author Marjorie Wilkins Campbell of one of the greatest adventures in Canadian history. First published in 1968, the book is based on Simon Fraser's journal of his remarkable hourney on the river that bears his name.; Great Stories of Canada #33; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 146 pages 
Price: 19.95 CDN
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English Seamen and the Colonization of America,, Chatterton, E. Keble
12 Chatterton, E. Keble English Seamen and the Colonization of America,
London Harbour Publishing 1930 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Light wear to blue cloth covered boards, some foxing ; A tight solid book, hinges intact; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 326 pages 
Price: 25.00 CDN
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Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands, Chittenden, Newton
13 Chittenden, Newton Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands
Vancouver BC Gordon Soules Book Publishers 1984 0919574726 / 9780919574724 Reprint Paperback Very Good- 
Edgewear and scuffing of card covers ; A tight solid book. ; Trade PB; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 93 pages 
Price: 11.95 CDN
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Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands, Chittenden, Newton H.
14 Chittenden, Newton H. Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands
Burnaby, BC Fireweed Enterprises Inc. 1991 0969181418 / 9780969181415 Reprint; Later Printing Softcover Very Good+ 
Only light wear to card covers, sticker remnant on back cover. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 93 pages; Captain Chittenden served with Union Army during the US Civil War. Originally published as: Official report of the exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands for the government of British Columbia. Victoria, B.C. Printed by authority of the government, 1884. The descendents of Newton Chittenden continue to keep this in print. 
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Voyages of Discovery, Cook, Captain James &  Robert Welsch
15 Cook, Captain James & Robert Welsch Voyages of Discovery
Chicago Chicago Review Press 1993 0897333160 / 9780897333160 Reprint Softcover Very Good+ 
Only slight wear to card covers; A bright, solid book.; 8 X 5.02 X 1.18 inches; 505 pages; "Between 1768 and 1779, Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy made three voyages of exploration for purposes of scientific research. On each voyage he kept a log of scenes and adventures. Cook's reputation rose steadily with each voyage largely because Europeans were fascinated with the romance of discovery as well as reports of sexual licence in Tahiti and other Polynesian islands." 
Price: 14.99 CDN
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Mercator  The Man Who Mapped the Planet, Crane, Nicholas
16 Crane, Nicholas Mercator The Man Who Mapped the Planet
London Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2002 0297646656 / 9780297646655 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Light wear to top edge of dust jacket ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped, map endpapers ; B&W and color plates; 9.29 X 6.46 X 1.42 inches; 348 pages; "Gerhard Mercator (1512-1594) was born at the dawn of the Age of Discovery, when the world was beginning to be discovered and carved up by navigators, geographers and cartographers. Mercator was the greatest and most ingenious cartographer of them all: it was he who coined the word 'atlas' and solved the riddle of converting the three-dimensional globe into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings. It is Mercator's Projection that NASA is using today to map Mars. How did Mercator reconcile his religious beliefs with a science that would make Christian maps obsolete? How did a man whose imagination roamed continents endure imprisonment by the Inquisition? Crane brings this great man vividly to life, underlying it with the maps themselves: maps that brought to a rapt public wonders as remarkable as today's cyber-world. Nick Crane's new book is a scintillating account of the climax of the map-makers' century (and of Mercator's life) - the miraculous compression of the planet which revolutionised navigation and has become the most common worldview we have." 
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Search for a Place, Black Separatism and Africa, 1860, Delany, M.R. & Campbell, Robert
17 Delany, M.R. & Campbell, Robert Search for a Place, Black Separatism and Africa, 1860
Ann Arbor MI University of Michigan Press 1969 0472279106 / 9780472279104 1st Thus Hardcover Fine in Very Good- dust jacket Illustrated by Map Endpapers 
Price clipped dustjacket shows light soil, closed tear top edge ; A bright, solid book, book as new ; reprint of 2 works published in 1860; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 250 pages; The two works reprinted in this volume are: Official Report of the Niger Exploring Party, by Delany (Chief Commissioner to Africa) and A Pigrimage to My Motherland; An Account of a Journey Among the Egbas and Yorubas of Central Africa in 1859-60 by Robert Campbell who was one of the Commissioners of the Niger Valley Exploring Party. Extensive introduction by Howard H. Bell. 
Price: 18.50 CDN
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Across the Top of the World  The Quest for the Northwest Passage, Delgado, James P.
18 Delgado, James P. Across the Top of the World The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Vancouver BC Douglas & McIntyre 1999 1550547348 / 9781550547344 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Only slight wear to book & DJ ; Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. A bright, solid book.; B&W and Colour Photographs, Maps; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 228 pages; The noted Marine author's account of the search for the Northwest Passage. "The centuries-long quest for the fabled Northwest Passage rivals the story of Antarctic exploration for heroism, drama, and tragedy. Expedition after expedition set off in search of a sea route connecting Europe with Asia's riches; each expedition suffered extreme hardship and ended in defeat, until Roald Amundsen finally succeeded in 1903-06. Across the Top of the World brings this incredible saga to life through exhaustive research, grim firsthand accounts, and hundreds of dramatic images. Paintings, engravings, and photos of the intrepid men and their ships, as well as of relics and archaeological sites, provide a poignant and compelling link with the past, while landscapes and seascapes of the harsh yet beautiful Arctic illustrate the challenges that faced explorers. Covering all the major expeditions in detail, and written with passion and authority, this book is both a scholarly reference and an eminently readable history of Arctic exploration." 
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The Headless Valley, Fiennes, Ranulph
19 Fiennes, Ranulph The Headless Valley
London The Travel Book Club 1974 Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
DJ shows light shelf wear. Prev. owner's name on front DJ flap. ; DJ in mylar. A tight solid book. ; Book Club Edition; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 222 pages; The account of four Welshmen and their exploratory journey through the Northwest Territories and British Columbia, including a journey down the South Nahanni River and through Headless Valley. "Fiennes served in the British Army for eight years including a period on counter-insurgency service while attached to the Army of the Sultanate of Oman. He later undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot. In May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, he was the world's greatest living explorer. Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists." Wikipedia 
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Barrow's Boys; The Original Extreme Adventurers, Fleming, Fergus
20 Fleming, Fergus Barrow's Boys; The Original Extreme Adventurers
New York Atlantic Monthly Press 2000 0871138042 / 9780871138040 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
DJ and boards show very light shelf wear.; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; B&W Illustrations; 9.40 X 6.50 X 1.50 inches; 489 pages; "Barrow's Boys is a spellbinding account of perilous journeys to uncharted areas under the most challenging conditions. Re-creating the successes and harrowing failures of the original extreme adventurers, Fergus Fleming captures the incredibly brave, and often downright insane, passion for exploration that led a band of men into situations that would humble even the bravest adventurers today. These men served under John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, who, after the Napoleonic wars, launched the most ambitious program of exploration the world has ever seen. For the next thirty years, his handpicked teams of elite naval officers scoured the globe on a mission to fill the blanks that littered the atlases of the day. From the first disastrous trip down the Congo, in search of the Niger River, Barrow maintained his resolve in the face of continuous catastrophes. His explorers often died of sickness or at the hands of unfriendly natives, and they struggled under minuscule budgets that forced them to resort to pulling enormous ships across floating ice fields; to eating mice, raw meat, or their own shoes; and even to horrifying acts of cannibalism.While many of the journeys failed entirely, Barrow and his men ultimately opened Africa to the world, discovered Antarctica, and pried apart the mandibles of the Arctic. Many of the missions have gone down among the greatest in history, yet they have never before been collected into one volume that captures the full sweep of Barrow's program. Beyond their own renowned discoveries, Barrow's officers inspired scores of men, from Livingstone to Shackleton, to continue the incredible quest for knowledge well into the twentieth century. Never again would such a disparate and entertaining band of explorers stalk the world." 
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