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Captain Scott's Message to England -

1913 - St. Catherine's Press, London - First Edition
A nice copy of this memorial to Scott, containing ‘Scott’s Last Message’ quoting from the last pages of Scott’s diary, obituaries and tipped-in photographs of Scott, Oates and Bowers,; a photograph of a ‘Group of Officers on board the “Discovery”’ ; the patriotic poem ‘England’s Debt’, followed by ‘A Brief Record of the Dead

Normally found in poor condition.
 
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Cadet to Commodore - Albert B. Armitage

1925 - Cassell and Company, London - First Edition
‘This fine personal record shows us the spirit of the British Merchant Service in peace and war, and repeats the unchanging call of the sea. Late Commodore of the P. & 0. Co.'s fleet, Captain Armitage (1864-1943) was not too late, in his early days, to learn the hard discipline of sails, " to shoot the sun," and take a trick at the wheel. Going " into steam," he rose rapidly in rank and took part in two Polar expeditions, with Scott on the Discovery Expedition as second in command, and on the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to meet up with Nansen.

Here are amusing experiences of passengers, royal or otherwise. We like the alluring advertisement of a small steamship company—" A Surgeon, a Stewardess and an Experienced Cow." The cow, -presumably, knew all about the crying needs of infants-in-arms.’ - from
The Spectator review of October 1925. 
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Duffers on the Deep - Inscribed - Winifred Brown

1939 - Peter Davies, London - First Edition
Inscribed by Winifred Brown to Commander Harry Vandervell RNVR CBE, wishing him ‘Fair Winds, and Good Passages’.

‘Win Brown was a fearless lady aviator of the old school, winning the King’s Cup round England air race in 1930 and, in search of adventure, canoed the length of the Amazon. In 1935 she gave up flying and invested her resources in Perula, a 45ft fishing boat which someone had converted badly into a sort of yacht. After transforming Perula into a fine motor sailer, she signed on a gentleman friend by the name of Ron Adams, and squared away for the Norwegian Arctic. Neither had any significant seafaring experience’ - Tom Cunliffe,
In the Wake of Heroes: Sailing's greatest stories.

This is the classic account of that ‘cruise’ to Norway and Spitsbergen.

Included are two additional letters from Brown to Commander Vendervell, one excusing haste ‘
but everybody here is rushing out to the submarine that has gone down just outside’. 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. - Captain James Cook

1821 - Longman, London
A remarkable seven volume set of all of Cook’s three voyages. Illustrated with twenty five striking aquatint plates, including frontispieces in each volume, large folding map, and a table.

‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, with "The Death of Captain Cook" Plate - James Cook, John Hawkesworth, James King

1773London - Second Edition, First Edition, Second Edition
‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]

Together nine volumes. Overall, a near fine set.
 
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I Leap Before I Look - David Haig-Thomas

1936 - Putnam, London - First Edition
Haig-Thomas (1908-44), Cambridge blue (1930, 1931,1932), Olympic rower, traced the route of the Awash River with Wilfred Thesiger, arctic explorer, ornithologist, member of Special Commando Boating Group in WWII specialising in using canoes and kayaks for limpet attacks in arctic waters, and he could write.

A fine copy in the scarce dust jacket of what the
Spectator magazine in 1937 perfectly describes as an ‘account of the more exciting moments of [Haig-Thomas’] youth, mostly passed in the pursuit of thrills. He found them in raiding the printers at Eton for examination papers, tying umbrellas to the spires of King's College chapel, rowing in the University boat-race, poaching ibex in the Pyrenees and photographing wild geese on the Fens - his favourite occupation. Being in America for the Olympic games, he decided to visit friends in Canada, and having no money made the journey by "jumping" a freight train, and then kept himself by odd jobs on farms. All this is amusingly described. But it is his passion for the solitude of the marshes and the call of fighting geese that leavens the toughness of his outlook and distinguishes his book from the usual records of thrill-hunters’. 
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Night Without End - Alistair MacLean

1960 - Collins, London - First Edition
An airliner crashes in the Polar ice-cap. In temperatures 40 degrees below zero, six men and four women survive. But for the members of a remote research station who rescue them, there are some sinister questions to answer - the first one being, who shot the pilot before the crash?

A stunning copy.
 
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“Farthest North” - Fridtjof Nansen

1898 - George Newnes, London - Second Edition
Fridtjof Nansen [1861-1930] - winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, scientist, diplomat, explorer, expert cross-country skier.

A bright sharp two volume set describing Nansen's three-year expedition to the North Pole with his boat the Fram, which marked the beginning of the modern age of exploration. Illustrated with 120 full page and numerous text illustrations and coloured plate from Dr. Nansen’s own sketches, together with three maps.

It includes a description of his plan, ridiculed by his peers, to allow the specially designed Fram to become frozen in the treacherous pack ice of the Arctic Oceans. Drifting with the current, he and his crew of twelve would be carried to the Pole.
 
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