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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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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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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Captain Scott's Message to England - Robert Falcon Scott

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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1913 - Smith, London - First Edition
‘A worthy memorial of one of the great achievements of our time.’ – Winston Churchill

Scott's final, fateful and fatal journey in quest of the South Pole. An exceptionally fine set and uncommon thus, with Volume I containing the diaries of Scott, including the letters written to Wilson's mother, Bowers' mother, a string of notables including his former commander Sir George Egerton, his own mother and his wife, together with his ‘Message to the Public’.

It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more – R. Scott – For God's sake look after our people

Both volumes are illustrated with numerous plates from photographs by H. G. Ponting, plates from sketches and water colours by Edward A. Wilson, some colour; photogravure frontispiece portraits of Scott & Wilson, and two large folding maps.

Without these diaries, which were found on Scott’s body, we would never have known Oates’ immortal line ‘
I am just going outside and may be some time’. 
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South - The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917 - Ernest Shackleton

1919 - William Heinemann, London - First Edition, First Impression.
A legendary account of leadership. It was on this expedition that the marooned Shackleton made his famous voyage in a 22-foot boat with five companions through 800 miles of some of the stormiest seas in the world, finally reaching South Georgia and a Norwegian whaling station [Spence].

With 86 full page plates, and large folding map to the rear, many classic photographs existing only due to the stubbornness of Hurley, Shackleton’s photographer, in refusing to leave the plates behind to conserve energy and food.

An exceptional copy of a book that is notorious for its poor quality of paper and binding. Suitably housed in a custom clamshell case of half navy blue morocco leather over matching cloth, lined with felt, spine lettered in silver.
 
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