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The Captain Of The 'pole-star' Weird And Imaginative Fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Michael Dirda ISBN 13: 9781553100683

ISBN 10: 1553100689

Hardcover; Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, June 30, 2004; ISBN-13: 978-1553100683

From the book:September 11th. - Lat. 81 degrees 40' N.; long. 2 degrees E. Still lying-to amid enormous ice fields. The one which stretches away to the north of us, and to which our ice-anchor is attached, cannot be smaller than an English county. To the right and left unbroken sheets extend to the horizon. This morning the mate reported that there were signs of pack ice to the southward. Should this form of sufficient thickness to bar our return, we shall be in a position of danger, as the food, I hear, is already running somewhat short. It is late in the season, and the nights are beginning to reappear. This morning I saw a star twinkling just over the fore-yard, the first since the beginning of May. There is considerable discontent among the crew, many of whom are anxious to get back home to be in time for the herring season, when labour always commands a high price upon the Scotch coast. As yet their displea-sure is only signified by sullen countenances and black looks, but I heard from the second mate this afternoon that they contemplated sending a deputation to the Captain to explain their grievance. I much doubt how he will receive it, as he is a man of fierce temper, and very sensitive about anything approaching to an infringement of his rights. I shall venture after dinner to say a few words to him upon the subject. I have always found that he will tolerate from me what he would resent from any other member of the crew. Amsterdam Island, at the north-west corner of Spitzbe-rgen, is visible upon our starboard quarter-a rugged line of volcanic rocks, intersected by white seams, which represent glaciers. It is curious to think that at the present moment there is probably no human being nearer to us than the Danish settlements in the south of Greenland - a good nine hundred miles as the crow flies. A captain takes a great responsibility upon him-self when he risks his vessel under such circumstances. No whaler has ever remained in these latitudes till so advanced a period of the year.

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Ash-Tree Press, 2004. First Edition. Hardcover, standard size (i.e. 5-6 by 8-9 inches). Volume condition: Near Fine / Jacket Condition: Near Fine.

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Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ashcroft, BC (previously Pennyffordd. Chester, UK ): Ash Tree Press / AshTree, 2004, 1st Edition, First Printing, 2004. ----------hardcover, a Fine example, in a Fine dustjacket, unread, ---"Few authors have seized the imagination of the public as strongly as did Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 -1930). When the first Sherlock Holmes short stories began appearing in The Strand Magazine in 1891 his fame was assured, and he quickly became one of the best-known writers in the world. He was able to turn his hand to almost any type of fiction: tales of mystery, detection, science fiction, comedy, romance, Napoleonic and mediaeval life, and rousing adventure. He created such memorable characters as Brigadier Gerard and Professor Challenger, wrote scores of short stories and more than two dozen novels, was active in various causes for much of his life, and was knighted by Queen Victoria. Yet everything he did was carried out in the shadow of Sherlock Holmes. --This shadow has had the effect ... Read more

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Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 2004.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Limited to 600 copies plus a few extras for legal deposit purposes. Collects thirty-eight stories, including his vampire novella THE PARASITE (1894) and the legend of the hound from THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1901). A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#164035)

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The Captain Of The 'Pole-Star:' Weird And Imaginative Fiction

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Editor-Christopher Roden; Editor-Barbara Roden; Foreword-Michael Dirda

Ash Tree Pr, 2004-06-30. Hardcover. Good.

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