First edition in English, published the same year as the Norwegian original, rare in the dust jackets, and a very handsome copy in the superior gilt-stamped variant binding; In Northern Mists is also encountered with the front boards lettered and panelled solely in black. Nansen wrote the book at the request of the Royal Geographical Society: “this book owes its existence to a rash promise made some years ago to my friend [the geographer] Dr. J. Scott Keltie”. It is an historical survey of the opening of the Arctic from classical antiquity to Cabot and the Portuguese discoveries in the north-west, and includes an account of the Viking discovery of America.
2 volumes, 4to., xviii, 384; xiii, 420 pp., Tipped-in coloured frontispieces (with tissue guards), numerous wood-engraved illustrations and maps in the textOriginal blue cloth gilt, spines lettered in gilt, front boards with concentric blind panels enclosing gilt titles and semi-circular gilt design of low sun over sea and mountains with approaching Viking longship, original grey dust-wrappers (short chips and minor defects), a fine set.
Arctic Bibliography 11993.
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