Farthest North. Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Fram" 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months' Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lt. Johansen. With an Appendix by Otto Sverdrup. Fridtjof NANSEN.

Farthest North. Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Fram" 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months' Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lt. Johansen. With an Appendix by Otto Sverdrup.

New York. Harper & Brothers. 1897. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo., 24cm, in 2 volumes, the first U.S. edition, 587 & 729 ,4,pp., ads., gravure etched frontis portrait, 16 colour plates, 120 b/w plates, 4 folding colour pocket maps, text illustrations and maps, in the original dark grey cloth, nautical cover designs and titles in gilt and colors, gilt spine titles, t.e.g. a fine set in the original publisher's pictorial cloth binding. (Ads) Nansen, one of the most significant figures in the history of Arctic exploration, was originally a naturalist. He decided in 1888 to attempt the crossing of Greenland, and with five companions, including Otto Sverdrup, set off in June of that year. The crossing, by small boat, ski and sledge, achieved many important scientific objectives, including meteorological observations, as well as illustrating the ideal methods of Arctic travel. His most important achievements were on the Fram Expedition of 1893-96. He established the nature and drift of the Arctic Ice-pack, having deliberately allowed the ship, built to his own design, to be frozen into the ice. During the expedition, Nansen, with one companion and 3 dog sledges, achieved the highest latitude yet attained (86o14'). Item #37870

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