The Great Frozen Land. (Bolshaia Zemelskija Tundra). Narrative of a Winter Journey Across the Tundra and a Sojourn Among the Samoyads. Edited from His Journals by Arthur Montefiore.
London. Macmillan and Co., 1895. Hardcover. 8vo. 23cm, xviii,297p., ads., with 46 plates and illustrations, 3 folding maps, original dark blue cloth, gilt titles and gilt stamped illustrations of a Caribou on the cover, very good to fine. "In the fall of 1893 Jackson traveled to Arctic Russia's Vaygach Island, explored it and spent a year living among the Samoyads using reindeer and ponies for sledge hauls. He travelled the Arctic coast from Vaygach to the Pachora, ascended that river to Ust Tsilma, traveled westward to the Mezen via the Pinega to Archangel, thence eastward around the White Sea and north across the Kola to Varanger Fiord. This journey was undertaken to learn winter travel methods and gather information from the natives in preparation for the author's Franz Josef Land Expedition begun later in the year 1894. This narrative gives an account of the journey; notes on iceblink and ice in Barents Sea, the tundra, the Samoyeds' appearance, ways of life, language, folk-tales, character, food, travel methods, beliefs and diseases; remarks on the natural history, weather, rivers and camping; and on the Lapps' costume, deer and sledge; also notes on scurvy and frostbite". A.B. 7940. Very Good. Item #37991