Auction 103, Lot 632

"Farthest North (2 volumes)", Nansen, Fritdjof

Subject: Arctic Exploration

Period: 1897 (published)

Publication: Harper & Brothers

Color: Black & White

6.75 x 9.75 inches
17.1 x 24.8 cm

First American edition in two volumes of Nansen's account detailing his expedition to the northern polar regions on the ship Fram from 1893 until 1896, as well as his sleigh journey to the pole with Johansen. Volume I contains 587 deckle-edged pages, 8 colored plates, 4 folding maps in pockets. Volume II has 714 pages nad 8 colored plates. Over 100 illustrations from sketches and photographs. Details Nansen's expedition and his theory that a drift-current sets across the polar regions from Bering Strait. towards the east coast of Greenland. His ship, the Fram was specially built of immense strength and peculiar form" in order to endure the ice-floes. Nansen led the expedition to 86 degrees North, "the highest latitude then reached by man" according to Britannica Encyclopedia. Originally published in Norwegian in 1897.


Condition: A

Cloth bound octavo, gilt and color stamped. Volume I slightly shaken. Shelf wear with lightly and evenly toned pages, but overall very good.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/11/2003