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Author: Amundsen, Roald
Title: Roald Amundsen's "The North West Passage," Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Gjöa," 1903-1907
Place Published: New York
Publisher:E.P. Dutton and Company
Date Published: 1908

2 volumes. xiii, [1], 336; ix, [1], 398 pp. Engraved frontispieces in each volume; color folding map at rear of each volume; plates from art and photographs. 9¼x6".

Roald Amundsen’s (1872-1928) famous first-hand account. In 1903 he went to Greenland aboard his ship, the Gjöa, where he crossed the Baffin Sea and spent the next two winters on King William Island doing scientific research. He was able to reposition the magnetic pole at more than 50 kilometers northwest from the previous position of famed explorer John Ross. In 1905, the Gjöa set out again to cross the “Northwest Passage,” threading through a labyrinth of ice floes and rocks. The Gjöa had nearly traversed the cursed passage, when the ship got trapped near the mouth of the Mackenzie. After harsh wintering, Amundsen and crew eventually arrived in Nome, Alaska in August 1906, thus completing their historic voyage. Contains two folding maps, one showing the route of the Gjöa through the North West Passage and the other showing King Haakon VII's Coast and Queen Maud's Sea. Institutional bookplates on front pastedown of both volumes. 


Abrasion to spine of Volume II, some scuffing to cloth of both volumes; hinges cracked on both volumes, a few tender signatures, some foxing at endpapers and to maps, light scattered foxing; stub tear to Volume I map, Map in Volume II with small split at fold detached from stub and laid in; about very good.

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Roald Amundsen's North West Passage 1st ed

Estimate $400 - $600Aug 23, 2018