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The Voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Sea. A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and His Companions.
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The Voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Sea. A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and His Companions.

By M’Clintock, Captain.

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. xxiv, 375 pp. b/w plates, folding. maps, facsimile. MClintocks famous narrative of the expedition financed by Lady Franklin to discover the fate of the Belcher expedition. Arctic Bib. 10556. First American Edition. Bound in original blindstamped brown cloth. Cover wear, but contents very good, with folding maps in good repair.

$75.00

Three Years of Arctic Service.
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Three Years of Arctic Service.

By Greely Adolphus W.

New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1894. xxii, (2), 726 pp. b/w plates and ills. folding map. First edition of this classic. As relief ships failed to reach them, members of the party made a march out of the Hall Basin area, all but seven dying... Arctic Bib 6118. Bound in original decorated cloth. Inner hinges cracked but holding, wear to spine ends and joints. A presentable copy of a collectible book.

$50.00

An Account of the Experiments Made in the French Navy for the Trial of Bomb Cannon, etc.
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An Account of the Experiments Made in the French Navy for the Trial of Bomb Cannon, etc.

By Paixhans, H.J.

Philadelphia: (E.G. Dorsey), 1838. 12mo. 92 pp. Dahlgren deemed this French work important enough to translate in 1838. In fact, the so-called Paixhans Gun, developed in the 1820s, was the first to fire exploding shells. Dahlgren understood immediately the advantages this over iron shot, and writes approvingly of the "bomb Cannon" in his preface. Scarce. According to Worldcat only six libraries hold copies. Bound in original yellow printed wrappers, with the cover title "Shot-Shell Practice in the French Navy.". Very good condition.

$250.00

By the President of the United States of America, Suffer the Ship Gold Hunter of Fall River, Clark Estes Master...
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By the President of the United States of America, Suffer the Ship Gold Hunter of Fall River, Clark Estes Master...

By Broadside. Ship's Passport.

Folio sheet, 15 x 10 1/2 inches. The "Gold Hunter" was a 281 ton ship built in Wells, Maine in 1824. On this voyage, her fifth, she departed Fall River in June 1839 for New Zealand, and returned September 1840 with 340 barrels of sperm oil, and 1560 whale. This document is an interesting mess. The tonnage is wrong, at 180 rather than 280 tons, and it appears the name of the ship and the captain have been erased and re-written. At the bottom of the document the date, "twenty eighth" has been scratched out and replaced by "fourth." Apparently someone started to make this passport for another vessel, then changed it to "Gold Hunter." Was this the last passport in the Collector's office before the ship sailed? The numeral "2" above the seal indicates this is only the second such document signed from Fall River that year. At any rate, President Van Buren and Secretary of State Forsyth had no second thoughts, as their signatures are strong and clear, with no sign of erasure or alteration. Of course, they signed these papers ahead of time, so the cock-up, whatever its reason, is the fault of Collector P.W. Leland, who has also signed the passport. The scalloped top of the document indicates that this is a so-called "Mediterranean Passport" intended to keep ships from being molested by Barbary pirates after the treaty with Algiers in 1795. Why a whale ship bound for New Zealand would need one is beyond me, but I've seen several of these issued for whalers who were not going anywhere near the Mediterranean.

$750.00

Report on the Dominion Government Expedition to Hudson Bay and the Arctic Islands on board the D.G.S. Neptune 1903-1904.
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Report on the Dominion Government Expedition to Hudson Bay and the Arctic Islands on board the D.G.S. Neptune 1903-1904.

By Low,A.P.

Ottawa: Government Printing Bureau, 1906. xii, 355 pp. b/w plates, folding color map. "Narrative... of expedition sent to patrol the waters, and to aid in establishing permanent government stations on shores.." - Arctic Bib 2717. Bound in original green cloth with gold cover decoration. Hinges weak, else very good condition.

$35.00

Hymns for Public and Social Worship.

By (Simons, Caroline J.)

Maulmain: American Baptist Mission Press, 1839. 16mo. 90 pp. "Burmese Second Edition - Enlarged - 1000" Worldcat shows only three libraries holding copies of this hymnal. They also give the author as Caroline J. Simons. The hymnal is inscribed "To the Rev. W.H. Shailer / With the affectionate regards / of G.S. Comstock / Ramree / July 16. 40." The American Baptist Mission Press began publishing in Maulmain in 1830. Shailer was an official of the Baptist Mission. Text entirely in Burmese. Bound in original blue paper wrappers. Very good condition.

$500.00

California Sea Foods. A Book of Recipes.
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California Sea Foods. A Book of Recipes.

By State Fish Exchange.

Sacramento: California State Printing Office, 1933. 96 pp. Several hundred recipes - some exotic, some employing such ingredients as canned tuna. Very good condition in brilliantly colored wrappers.

$35.00

Canada and Newfoundland.
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Canada and Newfoundland.

By Maggs Bros. Ltd.

London: Maggs Bros. Ltd., 1939. 118, (2) pp plus 44 b/w illustrations. Maggs catalog of 658 item pertaining to Canada and Newfoundland. Educational and wonderful to imagine. The first edition of Frobisher's "Navigatione in Regiones Occidentis et Septentrionis," Nuremberg, 1580, was on offer at £38. The last copy to show up at auction brought $25,200 in 2009. In illustrated wrappers, lightly sunned and worn.

$35.00

British Polar Explorers.
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British Polar Explorers.

By Evans, Admiral Sir Edward.

London: Collins, 1946. (48) pp. b/w and color plates. Pretty little book, one of the "Britain in Pictures" series. Very good condition in dust jacket.

$10.00

An Arctic Whaling Sketchbook.
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An Arctic Whaling Sketchbook.

By Gilkerson, William.

Fairhaven, MA: Edward Lefkowicz, 1983. Folio, unpaginated. (52) pp. text and b/w drawings. Gilkerson's pencil studies for the watercolors in "American Whalers in the Western Arctic." Limited to 120 copies, 100 for sale, of which this is #77. One of the rare examples of a Gilkerson book neither signed nor inscribed by its tirelessly self-promoting author. He used family and friends as models, and dressed them in authentic Eskimo and seafaring gear. A charming book by a man whose talent was as big as his ego. Fine condition.

$100.00

The Arctic Problem and Narrative of the Relief of the Peary Expedition.

By Heilprin, Angelo.

Philadelphia: Contemporary Publishing Co., 1893. 165 pp. b/w plates "Contains chapter on the search for the North Pole; an historical summary of polar expeditions; the Spitsbergen route to the Pole; the Peary Relief Expedition to McCormick Bay..." - Arctic Bib. 6880. Bound in original blue cloth with silver lettering. Light cover wear.

$35.00

Lights and Shadows of Sailor Life... Including the More Thrilling Events of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.
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Lights and Shadows of Sailor Life... Including the More Thrilling Events of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.

By Clark, Joseph G.

Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey, 1848. 324 pp. b/w plates. Clark, a seaman in the Wilkes Expedition, was nearly murdered in the Fijis. He gives descriptions of the Columbia River and the San Francisco area. "Hawaii was visited twice. A report of the wreck of the Peacock is given."Hill 299. Judd p. 54. Haskell 113. Howes C-442. Second edition. Bound in original cloth with gold decoration. Spine ends worn. Inner hinges cracked. Lacks rear endpaper. A fair copy only.

$75.00

The Peril of Portsmouth. French Fleets and English Forts.
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The Peril of Portsmouth. French Fleets and English Forts.

By Fergusson, James.

London: John Murray, 1853. 80 pp. Duotone double page chart. b/w ills. in text. Second Edition. England's ongoing fixation on the threat posed by France. This is an analysis of England's coastal defenses as they stood mid-19th century, and an exposition of Fergusson's own "System of Fortification." With a duotone chart of Portsmouth Harbor with his proposed defenses. Scarce. Worldcat shows only one library holding a copy of this edition. In original printed wrappers, chipped. Stab binding cracked but holding.

$200.00

An Arctic Rodeo.
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An Arctic Rodeo.

By Streeter, Daniel W.

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1929. xi, 356 pp. b/w plates, map. Yippee-Ki-Yay! This professional travel writer takes us on an expedition with Capt. Bob Bartlett, on the schooner "Effie M. Morrissey", to Greenland and beyond. Lotsa Eskimos. Bound in original blue cloth. Spine lettering faded.

$15.00

Chart of the Cape Verde Isles.
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Chart of the Cape Verde Isles.

By Chart.

Blueback chart published by James Imray in 1855. Long a place of recruitment and a source of manpower for the American whaling industry, here are the islands as they were at the height of the trade. Stain in upper right corner and dust line along right edge. Fabric trim on the bottom edge of the chart is frayed, with no loss of image. This chart shows the islands, with two recognition views and four insets of harbors

$350.00

Etchings and Lithographs of American Ships.
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Etchings and Lithographs of American Ships.

By Wales, George C.

Boston: Charles E. Goodspeed & Co., 1927. 4to. 129 pp. b/w plates. With a signed etching and a signed lithograph by Wales. Each image includes a descriptive paragraph. Those relating to the lithographed vessels are quite a bit longer. (Laid in is a copy of Louis A. Holman's monograph done for Goodspeed entitled "George C. Wales, Etcher of the Sea." Bos. 1922. 12 mo, 30 pp. b/w ills. With a checklist of Wales' etchings.) A few cover spots, water mark on backstrip. Internally clean.

$150.00

A Voyage Towards the North Pole Undertaken by his Majesty’s Command 1773.
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A Voyage Towards the North Pole Undertaken by his Majesty’s Command 1773.

By Phipps, Constantine John.

London: J. Nourse, 1774. 4to, viii, 253 pp. 3 folding engraved charts, 12 folding plates, 11 folding printed tables. An early polar expedition sponsored by the Royal Society, with Phipps as its leader. Horatio Nelson was a midshipman on the voyage. They got past Spitsbergen before being stopped by the ice, and collected a great deal of scientific data. This is the first edition. Sabin 62572. Hill 1351. Scarce in the trade. Endpapers tanned as usual, otherwise a very good copy in full calf, rebacked.

$2500.00

Race for the Pole.
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Race for the Pole.

By Weems, John Edward.

New York: Henry Holt, 1960. xiv, (2), 240 pp. b/w plates, endpaper maps. Cook vs. Peary, 1908-9. First edition, with preface by Vilhjalmar Stefansson. Very good condition in lightly worn dust jacket.

$15.00

A New Chart Of The Azores Or Western Islands.
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A New Chart Of The Azores Or Western Islands.

By Chart.

Blueback chart, 29 1/2 x 23 inches. "From the best authorities, by Robt. Blachford." London, 1835. Shows the islands, seven recognition views, and four inset harbor charts. Old fold lines, otherwise in immaculate condition. Very attractive!

$450.00

The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881-1884. Abandoned.
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The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881-1884. Abandoned.

By Todd, A. L

New York: McGraw-Hill, (1961). xx, 323, (1) pp. b/w plates, map. Popular treatment of the infamous Greely Expedition. First edition. Very good condition in dust jacket.

$15.00

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