First English Edition of Nansen's The First Crossing of Greenland
The First Crossing of Greenland.
Item Number: 77030
London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1890.
First English edition of Nansen’s expedition across the Greenland icecap, from the library of John Levinson, former president of the Explorer’s Club, with his bookplates. Octavo, 2 volumes, 12 plates 5 folding maps, in text illustrations. In near fine condition. George T. Cushing (signature). An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Nansen designed much of his equipment from scratch in order to travel as light as possible, forming a party of only six people, including, on the advice of Nordenskiöld, two Sami men. Despite public ridicule over his plans, the expedition was a great success. Arctic Bib. 11985.
Other Books by this Author
Christiana: Jacob Dybwads, 1911.
First edition of Nansen’s history of Arctic exploration, from the library of explorer Roald Amundsen with his signature. In the year this work was published, Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, having traveled south on Nansen’s own ship, the Fram. Quarto, original cloth, in-text illustrations. Signed and dated Roald Amundsen 13 May 1912. In very good condition with some light wear to the extremities.
London: George Newnes, 1898.
Octavo, two volumes. Original cloth over bevelled boards, upper boards blocked in gilt, silver and red, with vignettes depicting Fram icebound, spines blocked in gilt and silver with titles and vignettes, pictorial endpapers, all edges speckled in red. Portrait frontispiece in volume I and monochrome frontispiece in II, 64 monochrome plates, one color-printed plate, one color-printed folding map by John Bartholomew & Co., monochrome illustrations and diagrams, 46 full-page, one full-page map, and letterpress tables in the text. In near fine condition.A very sharp example.
Presentation copy of nansen’s northern waters: Captain Roald Amundsen’s Oceanographic Observations in the Arctic seas in 1901
Christiana: Jacob Dybwad, 1906.
First edition. A signed presentation copy of the first edition of Fridtjof Nansen’s survey of Greenlandic waters. His work is based on data collected by Roald Amundsen, to whom the book is dedicated and who would later be the first man to reach the South Pole—sailing Southward on Nansen’s own ship, the Fram. Arctic Bib. 12003.
Quarto (274 x 182mm). 11 plates, some of which in color, partially unopened. Original tan printed wrappers (spine repairs, dampstain to upper inside corner).
"Perhaps the most widely read golf tutorial ever written": First Edition of Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf; Signed by Legendary golfer Ben Hogan
New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1957.
First edition of one of the best-selling golf books of all-time. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Ben Hogan on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Illustrated by Anthony Ravielli. Rare and desirable signed.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968.
First edition of Plimpton’s classic work on golf. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Great Max another wild effusion- George.” The recipient was Max Steele, who along with Plimpton started The Paris Review. Additionally inscribed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, Max Steele. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Korn. A unique example.
"All that matters on the chessboard is good moves": First edition of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess; inscribed by grandmaster Bobby Fischer
New York: Basic Systems, 1966.
First edition of this definitive work on how to play chess. Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “From Bobby Fischer to Dr. Eleander.” In near fine condition with very light shelf wear and toning the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed and inscribed by Fischer are rare.