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Farthest North

Farthest North

by Fridtjof Nansen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 678 PAGES

The great Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen's classic account of the voyage of the Fram, originally published in 1897, interspersed with dozens of original photographs. (ARC60, $17.95)

Ultima Thule, Explorers and Natives in the Polar North

Ultima Thule, Explorers and Natives in the Polar North

by Jean Malaurie

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 399 PAGES

In this oversize, handsomely illustrated history of European exploration of Greenland and the Arctic, Malaurie draws together explorers' logs, Inuit accounts, photographs, engravings and period drawings. (ARC123, $75.00)

 
From Pole to Pole, Roald Amundsen's Journey in Flight

From Pole to Pole, Roald Amundsen's Journey in Flight


by Garth James Cameron

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

In this engrossing study, GJ Cameron chronicles Roald Amundsen's intense interest in man-lifting kites, airships and planes, his early experiments in flight and his mysterious death while on a 1928 Arctic rescue flight. (ARC329, $22.95)

Ice Ship, The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram

Ice Ship, The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram


by Charles W. Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

A captivating look at the extraordinary ship Fram and its captains, including the famed explorer Roald Amundsen. Johnson narrates the story of the ship from its conception through 20 years and three epic expeditions aimed at discovering two unknown landmasses. (ANT402, $35.00)

The Great Polar Fraud

The Great Polar Fraud


by Anthony Galvin

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

A lively history concerning the explorations of Cook, Peary and Byrd. Historian Anthony Galvin explains how the claims of each were debunked and the title of "first to the North Pole" was bestowed upon Roald Amundsen. (ARC328, $24.95)

A Fabulous Kingdom, Exploration in the Arctic

A Fabulous Kingdom, Exploration in the Arctic


by Charles Officer | Jake Page

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 228 PAGES

A short history of Arctic exploration from Pythagoras to Nansen, Amundsen, and Peary. (ARC136, $20.95)

A History of Arctic Exploration

A History of Arctic Exploration


by Juha Nurminen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 349 PAGES

The ancient Inuit, Vikings, Vitus Bering, whalers, explorers and James Cook are all paid tribute in this sumptuously illustrated history, drawing on the unique collections of Helsinki's Nurminen Foundation. (ARC257, $60.00)

Arctic Labyrinth, The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Arctic Labyrinth, The Quest for the Northwest Passage


by Glyn Williams

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Drawing on letters, archives and explorer accounts, Williams charts the full sweep of the history of discovery and the quest for the Northwest Passage. (ARC254, $26.95)

By Airship to the North Pole, An Archaeology of Human Exploration

By Airship to the North Pole, An Archaeology of Human Exploration


by P.J. Capelotti

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 209 PAGES

A history of Salomon Andree, Charles Wellman and the first attempts to reach the North Pole by airship. This book includes a detailed archaeological analysis of the aerial polar base camps in Spitsbergen. (ARC68, $26.00)

Fatal Passage, The Story of John Rae, the Arctic Hero Time Forgot

Fatal Passage, The Story of John Rae, the Arctic Hero Time Forgot


by Ken McGoogan

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

A compelling biography of the Scottish explorer who pioneered Inuit methods, completed the Northwest Passage and found Franklin. (ARC118, $15.95)

Four Against the Arctic, Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World

Four Against the Arctic, Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World


by David Roberts

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2005
  • PAPER

Roberts pieces together the gripping tale of four Russian walrus hunters stranded on Svalbard. (ARC210, $19.99)

Hell on Ice, The Saga of the Jeanette

Hell on Ice, The Saga of the Jeanette


by Edward Ellsberg

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 421 PAGES

This limited edition of the dramatic fictionalized account of the doomed Jeanette Expedition and their time in the New Siberian Islands includes a CD of the original 1938 radio play by Orson Welles's Mercury Theater. (ARC138, $27.95)

In the Kingdom of Ice, The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

In the Kingdom of Ice, The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette


by Hampton Sides

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 480 PAGES

Editor of Outside magazine Hampton Sides brings to life the colorful characters that launched the expedition of the USS Jeannette into unknown polar regions. George Washington De Long and crew set off for the "Polar Grail," but when their ship is crushed the Arctic floes, the explorers must venture across ice fields in hopes of finding rescue in remote Siberia. (ARC327, $28.95)

Matthew A. Henson's Historic Arctic Journey

Matthew A. Henson's Historic Arctic Journey


by Matthew Henson | Deirdre Stam

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 232 PAGES

This Explorer's Club edition of Matthew Henson's polar exploits, originally published in 1912, includes a thoughtful overview of his life by editor Deirdre Stam and period photographs. Drawing on the Explorer's Club archives, it is published in commemoration of the centennial of Peary and Hanson's 1909 quest for the Pole. (ARC113, $19.95)

Nansen

Nansen


by Roland Huntford

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 750 PAGES

The centerpiece of Huntford's masterful biography of the polar explorer is the gripping account of the drift of the Fram -- and Nansen's epic trek across the ice to Franz Josef Land. (ARC121, $29.95)

Off the Map, Tales of Endurance and Exploration

Off the Map, Tales of Endurance and Exploration


by Fergus Fleming

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 518 PAGES

Master storyteller Fleming (Killing Dragons, Ninety Degrees North) recounts 43 tales of adventure, both well-known and obscure, in this wonderfully diverse sampling. He opens with the exploits of Marco Polo and the Mongol Empire, moving briskly through the centuries up to Albert Nobile's fateful attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. (EXP36, $18.95)

Polar Journeys, The Role of Food and Nutrition in Early Exploration

Polar Journeys, The Role of Food and Nutrition in Early Exploration


by Robert Feeney

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

This is the book for anyone who has ever wondered about hoosh, pemmican and all the other makings of the early explorers' diets. The author, a biochemist, looks at the nutrition and diet of explorers, linking developments in food preservation techniques to the history of polar exploration. (ANT107, $27.95)

Polar Wives

Polar Wives


by Kari Herbert

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 347 PAGES

Eva Nansen, Jane Franklin, Emily Shackleton, Kathleen Scott and her own mother Marie Herbert are included in this group biography. (ANT363, $18.95)

The Gates of Hell, Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the North West Passage

The Gates of Hell, Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the North West Passage


by Andrew Lambert

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 428 PAGES

In this re-examination of the life of Sir John Franklin and his final, doomed Arctic voyage, Lambert shows the savvy, stamina and navigational acumen of the great explorer. (ARC249, $22.00)

The Ice Master, The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

The Ice Master, The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk


by Jennifer Niven

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 402 PAGES

Nivens draws on diaries, journals and letters to reconstruct, month by month, the tragic fate of the ambitious Canadian Arctic Expedition in 1913-1918. Eleven men died. The charismatic, scene-stealing Stefannson (who blamed Captain Bob Bartlett and leaves the ship as soon as it is trapped in the ice) gets a good drubbing by Niven. (ARC130, $19.95)

The Man Who Ate His Boots

The Man Who Ate His Boots


by Anthony Brandt

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

The enthralling tale of the adventurers who searched in vain for the Northwest Passage, Holy Grail of 19th-century British exploration. (ARC246, $16.95)

Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer

Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer


by Chauncey Loomis | Andrea Barrett

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

The tale of 19th-century Arctic explorer Charles Francis Hall, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his untimely death somewhere in Greenland. (ARC63, $19.00)

Frost on My Moustache, The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer

Frost on My Moustache, The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer


by Tim Moore

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

In this inspired folly, a British comic heads to Iceland, Spitsbergen and other northern locales in pursuit of a fictitious Arctic hero. (ARC74, $18.99)

Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane

Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane


by Ken McGoogan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

McGoogan's engrossing biography of the supremely literate explorer who forged a unique, life-saving alliance with the Inuit, discovered "the American route to the North Pole" and most famously, led an daring escape in sleds and small boats from his ship trapped in the ice. (ARC209, $15.95)

The Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen

The Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen


by Stephen Bown

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Bown plumbs newspaper archives, Amundsen's own words and contemporary accounts for this tale of the unusual and hugely accomplished explorer, first to the South Pole, first across both the Northeast and Northwest passages and a pioneer of polar aviation. (ANT369, $17.99)

Afterlands, A Novel

Afterlands, A Novel


by Steven Heighton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

In this ambitious, beautifully written second novel, Heighton re-imagines the fate of Charles Francis Hall's disastrous 1871 Polaris expedition. (ARC183, $22.95)

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