The Northwest Passage.
Archibald Constable and Company, ( 1903), London
Two vols. 8vo, 23 cm. xiii, 335; ix, 397 pp. b/w halftone plates, folding color maps.
First English edition. “Narrative of the Norwegian Arctic expedition… led by Amundsen in the Gjoa, 1903-1906, with the purpose of navigating the Northwest Passage and investigating magnetic conditions in the region of the North Magnetic Pole.” Arctic Bib 400, 402. With a nimble vessel and a crew of only 6 men, Amundsen and the “Gjoa” marked an important milestone in the history of the quest to discover the fabled Northwest Passage. Amundsen had a good eye for a ship. He later used Nansen’s “Fram” to become the first man to reach the South Pole. The “Gjoa” retired with the rest of the derelicts to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, where I saw her in the 1960s. She was later returned to Norway and restored. Name erased from front pastedown of each volume, light wear to spine ends, otherwise this is a very nice set.