London. 1874. viii,590pp. plus thirty-five plates (including four chromolithographs) and two maps (one folding). Frontis. Illus. Contemporary three-quarter calf and cloth, spine gilt. Neatly rebacked, original spine laid down. Occasional minor offsetting. Very good. Item #WRCAM50794
An account from the second German Arctic expedition from which it was concluded from geological, climatic, and natural history observations in Greenland that a land base would be more suitable for further Arctic exploration than a seagoing approach. "The German East Greenland expedition of 1869-70 was another milestone in the mercurial fortunes of the open polar sea theory. It was planned by August Petermann, the great German geographer who managed to mislead a number of Arctic explorers with his theories of currents and the sea.... The accomplishments of the expedition were modest but the appeal of shipwreck literature made this a fairly successful work in the English-speaking world" - Books on Ice. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 9024. NMM 943. BOOKS ON ICE 4.3.