New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1908. Two volumes. xiii,,335,; ix,,397pp., plus frontispieces and two color folding maps. Original cloth, stamped in gilt. Light chipping at head of spine on first volume. Modern address label on front fly leaves. Light foxing to preliminaries, internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM50752
First American edition, after the first edition of the previous year. A narrative of Amundsen's navigation of the Northwest Passage from 1903-06, with observations on geography and various native communities, and descriptions of obstacles and conditions encountered during the expedition. The Norwegian explorer was credited with being the first person to reach both the North Pole and South Pole in the early 20th century. His traversing of the Northwest Passage, though some fifty years after the famed Franklin expedition and its resulting recovery missions, was the first successful navigation of the treacherous stretch between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Amundsen party travelled via Baffin Bay, Parry Channel, and through Peel Strait and John Ross Strait, spending two winters on King William Island. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 400 (ref).