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Arctic Exploration

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ARCTIC EXPLORATION. Buy these 4 items as a set for $110 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Farthest North

ARC60
Fridtjof Nansen
Modern Library
1999
544
0375754725
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.00

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

ARC327
Hampton Sides
Doubleday
2015
496
0307946916
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Outside magazine editor 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 in the Arctic floes, the explorers must venture across ice fields in hopes of finding rescue in remote Siberia.
$17.00

The Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen

ANT369
Stephen R. Bown
Da Capo Press
2013
356
0306822660
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.99

A History of Arctic Exploration

ARC257
Juha Nurminen
Macmillan
2010
349
1844860698
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$60.00

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

ARC329
Garth James Cameron
Skyhorse
2014
208
1629146994
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.95

Ice Ship, The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram

ANT402
Charles W. Johnson
University Press of New England
2014
336
1611683963
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
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 twenty years and three epic expeditions aimed at discovering two unknown landmasses.
$35.00

A Fabulous Kingdom, Exploration in the Arctic

ARC136
Charles Officer, Jake Page
Oxford University Press
2012
228
0195123824
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A short history of Arctic exploration from Pythagoras to Nansen, Amundsen, and Peary.
$21.95

Arctic Ambitions, Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage

ARC334
James K. Barnett
University of Washington Press
2015
448
0295993995
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
This collection of scholarly essays uses artifacts, charts and records of encounters with native peoples to measure Captain Cook’s lasting influence in the northern Pacific and the Arctic.
$54.95

Arctic Labyrinth, The Quest for the Northwest Passage

ARC254
Glyn Williams
University of California Press
2011
464
0520269950
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Drawing on letters, archives and explorer accounts, Williams charts the full sweep of the history of discovery and the quest for the Northwest Passage.
$28.95

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

ARC68
P.J. Capelotti
Rutgers
1999
209
0813526337
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.00

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

ARC118
Ken McGoogan
Carroll & Graff
2003
328
0786711566
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A compelling biography of the Scottish explorer who pioneered Inuit methods, completed the Northwest Passage and found Franklin.
$15.95

Hell on Ice, The Saga of the Jeanette

ARC138
Edward Ellsberg
Flat Hammock Press
2003
421
0971830312
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.95

Nansen

ARC121
Roland Huntford
Trafalgar Square
2001
750
0349114927
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Off the Map, Tales of Endurance and Exploration

EXP36
Fergus Fleming
Atlantic Monthly Press
2006
518
0802142729
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

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

ANT107
Robert Feeney
University of Alaska Press
1998
279
0912006978
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.95

Polar Wives

ANT363
Kari Herbert
Douglas & McIntyre
2012
347
192681262X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Eva Nansen, Jane Franklin, Emily Shackleton, Kathleen Scott and her own mother Marie Herbert are included in this group biography.
$18.95

Sir John Franklin's Erebus and Terror Expedition: Lost and Found

ARC370
Gillian Hutchinson
Ingram Publisher Services
2017
176
1472948696
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set out on a voyage to find the North-West Passage - the sea route linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. The expedition was expected to complete its mission within three years and return home in triumph but
$28.00

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

ARC249
Andrew Lambert
Yale University Press
2010
428
0300167881
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

The Ice Master, The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

ARC130
Jennifer Niven
Hyperion
2001
402
0786884460
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

The Man Who Ate His Boots

ARC246
Anthony Brandt
Alfred Knopf
2011
448
0307276562
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The enthralling tale of the adventurers who searched in vain for the Northwest Passage, the Holy Grail of 19th-century British exploration.
$16.95

Ultima Thule, Explorers and Natives in the Polar North

ARC123
Jean Malaurie
W. W. Norton & Company
2003
399
0393051501
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$75.00

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

ARC63
Chauncey Loomis, Andrea Barrett (Introduction)
Modern Library
2000
350
037575525X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The tale of 19th-century Arctic explorer Charles Francis Hall, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his untimely death somewhere in Greenland.
$19.00

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

ARC74
Tim Moore
Griffin Publishing
2001
280
0312270151
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this inspired folly, a British comic heads to Iceland, Spitsbergen and other northern locales in pursuit of a fictitious Arctic hero.
$21.99

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

ARC209
Ken McGoogan
Counterpoint
2009
380
1582435324
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

White Eskimo, Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic

ARC345
Stephen R. Bown
Da Capo Press
2015
336
0306822822
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In his important biography of Knud Rasmussen, author and historian Stephen Brown traces the explorer’s life, keying into his landmark three-year journey by dog sled from Greenland to Alaska.
$27.99

Afterlands, A Novel

ARC183
Steven Heighton
Houghton Mifflin Company
2006
416
061877341X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this ambitious, beautifully written second novel, Heighton re-imagines the fate of Charles Francis Hall's disastrous 1871 Polaris expedition.
$22.95

The Arctic

ARC356
Elizabeth Warner, Sven-Olof Lindblad (Foreword)
Welcome Books
2016
224
0847849732
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Presenting the best works from a range of Arctic photographers, this unparalleled collection celebrates the region's beautiful landscapes, biodiversity, native peoples and rapidly changing environment.
$50.00

The Arctic Guide, Wildlife of the Far North

ARC333
Sharon Chester
Princeton University Press
2016
400
069113975X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Written for travelers and naturalists alike, this comprehensive guide to the flora and fauna of the Arctic covers 800 species. Each profile features color illustrations, range maps and full descriptions.
$27.95

For Kids

Eyewitness Arctic & Antarctic

GEN187
Barbara Taylor, Geoff Brightling (Photographer)
DK Publishing
2011
72
0756690714
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Young readers will enjoy this snazzy, illustrated survey of life and nature at high latitudes.
$19.99

Polar Explorers for Kids

ARC191
Maxine Snowden
Chicago Review Press
2004
150
1556525001
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The history and adventures of 16 polar explorers, including Erik the Red, Henry Hudson, Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, are brought to life in 21 puzzles, games, projects and activities for kids ages 9 and up.
$16.95

Matthew Henson, The Quest for the North Pole

ARC305
Kathleen Olmstead
Sterling Publishing Company
2008
124
1402744412
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This accessible, illustrated biography traces the life and career of the arctic explorer, indispensable carpenter, hunter, navigator, and interpreter for Robert Peary.
$5.95

The Impossible Rescue, The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure

ARC315
Martin W. Sandler
Candlewick Press
2012
163
0763650803
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Expedition photographs, maps and excerpts from diaries and journals add to the tension in this chronicle of the Overland Relief Expedition, an 1897-98 rescue mission to the ice north of Point Barrow, Alaska, where nearly 300 whalers and their ships were stranded in the ice. Geared for ages 10-14.
$22.99

Penguin's Big Adventure

ARC339
Salina Yoon
Bloomsbury USA
2015
40
0802738281
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
The popular character Penguin returns in this delightful story about taking chances and trying something new. Penguin is on a quest to become the first penguin to the North Pole. When he arrives, there’s just one problem: his friends are all down south; the North Pole is empty and seems so lonely! How will Penguin overcome his fears?
$14.99

Frozen Wild, How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth

ARC347
Jim Arnosky
Sterling Publishing Company
2015
30
1454910259
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Perfect for family reading on a winter's night, or for independent learners, this thoughtful study shows how wild animals can survive harsh winters, the Arctic and Antarctic. Illustrated with beautiful artwork, with many pieces enlarged in fold-out pages.
$14.95

How to Survive in the North

ARC366
Luke Healy
Consortium
2016
192
1910620068
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A graphic novel that weaves together three stories, two detailing non-fiction stories of 1912 and 1926 expeditions to the Arctic and the third a modern-day fiction about a professor who falls in love with a student. All three quietly contemplate what it takes to survive in the north and celebrate the human spirit.
$22.95

More Books

The Voyage of the Narwhal

ARC40
Andrea Barrett
W. W. Norton & Company
1999
416
0393319504
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A gripping work of historical imagination in the form of a 19th-century account of Arctic exploration. It's Barrett's evocative tale of a Philadelphia naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells, who sets out on a foolhardy mission in search of the Franklin Expedition in the Canadian Arctic.
$14.95

Polar Bears

ARC58
Ian Stirling
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
2011
232
1554551552
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A tribute to the polar bear by a preeminent researcher, this handsome natural history features outstanding color photographs and detailed chapters on biology, distribution, behavior, study, conservation and lore.
$40.00

Arctic Crossing, A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture

ARC98
Jonathan Waterman
Lyons Press
2002
376
1585747300
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A riveting account of a 2,200 mile solo journey across the Arctic from Prudhoe Bay to the Gulf of Boothia by kayak, accomplished in stages from 1997-1999.
$16.95

North to the Night, A Spiritual Odyssey in the Arctic

ARC97
Alvah Simon
Broadway Books
1999
328
076790446X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A well-crafted tale of adventures in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland aboard a 36-foot sailing yacht, including most memorably a solo winter frozen in the sea ice off Bylot Island.
$15.99

Ninety Degrees North, The Quest for the North Pole

ARC124
Fergus Fleming
Grove Press
2003
496
080214036X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A thrilling, artfully told chronicle of the mostly 19th-century adventurers, madmen and explorers who quested after the North Pole.
$15.00

The North Pole, A Narrative History

ARC155
Anthony Brandt (Editor)
National Geographic
2004
413
0792274113
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Anthony Brandt samples the literature of exploration for this anthology. Organized chronologically, the book is divided into three parts: early exploration; the quest for the Northwest Passage; and North Pole journeys.
$15.00

The Future of Ice, A Journey into Cold

ANT215
Gretel Ehrlich
Pantheon Books
2005
200
1400034353
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The marvelous Ehrlich (This Cold Heaven) continues her fascination with out-of-the-way places with this account of journeys to the ends of the earth, including chapters set in Patagonia and Spitsbergen. The book is not so much about place as the experience of cold.
$13.95

True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole

ARC158
Bruce Henderson
W. W. Norton & Company
2006
331
0393327388
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Henderson tackles the bitter rivalry between Robert Peary and Frederick Cook, along with the competing claims, controversy and politics of who first reached the North Pole.
$24.95

The Idea of North

ARC159
Peter Davidson
Reaktion Books
2016
272
1780235984
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A meditation on the concept of "northerly places," which draws upon famous writings, mythology, films and visual art to create a dynamic portrait of life in cold northern lands.
$19.95

Silent Snow, The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic

ARC181
Marla Cone
Grove Press
2006
256
0802142591
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
On a journey intended to investigate the deteriorating Arctic environment, Cone travels across the northern region and makes several surprising discoveries about the dangers of pollution and how toxic chemicals from around the world end up contaminating the Arctic.
$16.00

The Humboldt Current: 19th-Century Exploration and the Sources of American Envionmentalism

EXP43
Aaron Sachs
Penguin Putnam
2007
512
0143111922
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Aaron Sachs takes on the towering figure of the early 19th-century scientist explorer, Alexander von Humbodt, revered by Darwin and celebrated in Europe and America, to trace the history of American exploration.
$18.00

The Terror, A Novel

ARC195
Dan Simmons
Little Brown and Company
2007
771
0316017450
PAPER
Literature
12/1/2007
0
0
0
0
Inspired by actual events, Simmons turns the tale of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition and its doomed crew into a suspenseful thriller.
$17.00

Across the Arctic Ocean

ARC338
Sir Wally Herbert
Thames & Hudson
2015
240
0500252149
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This lushly illustrated book commemorates the Arctic Ocean expedition of Sir Wally Herbert, hailed as one of the greatest explorers of his time. Alongside expert commentary, the book includes 157 photographs (87 in color) that exude the hardships and wonders of the Arctic.
$39.95

Exploring With Byrd, Episodes of an Adventurous Life

ANT415
Richard Evelyn, Jr. Byrd
Rowman & Littlefield
2015
266
1442241683
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Originally published in 1937 this is the final book of Byrd’s autobiography in which he recounts his time training to become a Navy pilot, his controversial flights to the North and South Poles and his quests across the Antarctic continent.
$24.95

Up Here, The North at the Center of the World

ARC359
Julie Decker
University of Washington Press
2016
195
029599908X
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Connecting the work of renowned artists and scientists, this powerful compilation of photographs and essays shares lessons learned in the polar regions. With contributions from Barry Lopez, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Simon Armitage.
$44.95

Ice Bear, The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon

ARC360
Michael Engelhard
University of Washington Press
2016
288
0295999225
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This meticulous cultural narrative examines over 8,000 years of polar bear history, showing the many forms the powerful, elusive animal has taken. Whether spirit guide, enemy or symbol of ecological crisis, Engelhard argues, the ice bear has always loomed large in the human imagination.
$29.95