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1 ALBANOV, VALERIAN; KRAKAUER, JON (PREFACE); ROBERTS, DAVID (INTRODUCTION). In The Land Of White Death: An Epic Story Of Survuval In The Siberian Arctic.
The Modern Library, New York: 2000. 0679641009 / 9780679641001 First Modern Library Printing. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Albanov was a Russian navigator. In 1912, six months after the death of Robert Scott, he set sail from Alexandrovsk (present-day Murmansk) as second in command on the good ship Santa Anna, bound for Vladivostock, 7,000 miles away, across treacherous Arctic waters. Some two years before Shackleton's Endurance was beset by pack ice off Antarctica, Albanov's Santa Anna was likewise trapped at the opposite end of the globe, in the frozen Kara Sea. Eighteen months later, with supplies running perilously low and his vessel more firmly locked in ice than ever, Albanov abandoned ship and led thirteen men southward in a desperate fight for survival. Includes additional material from William Barr's Translation From The Russian. Translated into English from the Russian by Alison Anderson. Includes an Index. 
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2 CALVERT, JAMES. Surface At The Pole.
Scholastic Books, New York: 1960. s Softcover. Fair condition. Pages are discolored. 
The extraordinary voyages of the U.S.S. Skate to the North Pole. 
Price: 19.67 USD
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3 CAPELOTTI, P. J. The Greatest Show In The Arctic: The American Exploration Of Franz Josef Land, 1898-1905.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2016. Volume 82 in American Exploration and Travel Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In Gilded Age America, Arctic explorers were fabulous celebrities—assured of riches and near-immortality so long as they reached the North Pole first. Of the many attempts to meet that goal, three American expeditions, launched from the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land, ended in abject failure, their exploits consigned to near-oblivion. Even so, these ventures—the Wellman expedition (1898-99), the Baldwin-Ziegler (1901-2), and the Fiala-Ziegler (1903-5)—have much to tell us about the personalities, politics, and economics of exploration in their day. In The Greatest Show in the Arctic, the first book to chronicle all three expeditions, P. J. Capelotti explores what went right and what, in the end, went tragically wrong. The cast of colorful characters from the Franz Josef Land forays included Walter Wellman, a Chicago journalist and bon vivant running from debts, his mistress, and an illegitimate daughter; Evelyn Briggs Baldwin, a deranged meteorologist with a fetish for balloons and a passion for Swedish conserves; and Anthony Fiala, a pious photographer in search of God in the Arctic. Featuring an international cast of supporting characters worthy of a three-ring circus, The Greatest Show in the Arctic follows each of the three expeditions in turn, from spectacular feats of financing to their bitter ends. Along the way, the explorers accumulated considerable geographic knowledge and left a legacy of place-names. P. J. Capelotti, Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, is author or editor of numerous books on history and archaeology, including Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer and Life and Death on the Greenland Patrol, 1942. Through close study of the expeditions' journals, Capelotti reveals that the Franz Josef Land endeavors foundered chiefly because of poor leadership and internal friction, not for lack of funding, as historians have previously suspected. Presenting tales of noble intentions, novel inventions, and epic miscalculations, The Greatest Show in the Arctic brings fresh life to a unique and underappreciated story of American exploration. 33 black-and-white Illustrations, 10 maps. 
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4 CARTER, SUE. Ordinary Women: An Arctic Adventure.
Michican State University Press, East Lansing: 2005. 0870137484 / 9780870137488 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Ordinary Women is the exciting chronicle of the first all - women ski expedition from the Russian side of the planet to the North Pole. Team selection, physical training, and the logistics of managing food, clothing, and shelter in an environment that ". . . wants you dead," are crisply presented in chilling detail, quite literally. Full of surprises from its inception to its execution nearly eight years later, this is an amazing story of women working together, taking on harsh critics, challenging each other, and reaching a common goal. The group, which expanded and contracted through the stresses that all major expeditions face, was made up of determined but fairly ordinary women, who dedicated their arduous trek to young women. From the pitfalls of fundraising to the perils of breaking ice, this intrepid band of adventurers not only achieved their common goal, but transformed themselves in the process. Sue Carter, the expedition's organizer, describes the problems with group leadership, both in preparation for the expedition and while on the ice. Nevertheless, the women reached the top of the world, and a waiting NASA crew; for an international webcast to schoolchildren who had followed their expedition; and for a segment on Good Morning America. From Ordinary Women - "We had been in Khatanga slightly more than twenty-four hours, but news of this unusual all-women team had captured the imagination of some of the others who were also North Pole bound. Apparently there were side bets taking place as to whether or not this fairly ordinary band of women would survive in the Arctic and make it to 90 degrees north. Smart money was against us." "...An amazing journey. These are a dozen women and they are not the women you might think who necessarily train their whole lives to be athletes - these are journalists, these are mothers, these are women who set out to a place where you can freeze to death in an instant…and they did it well...Ordinary Women - an extraordinary feat." - Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America "Has anyone ever told you that you couldn't do something because of who you are?. . . because "girls didn't do that" . . . Ordinary Women is an armchair adventurer's dream book, and its lack of technical terms makes it easy to understand for non-skiers...." - South Haven Tribune Illustrated with color photographs. 
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5 CARTER, SUE. Ordinary Women: An Arctic Adventure.
Michican State University Press, East Lansing: 2005. 0870137484 / 9780870137488 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Ordinary Women is the exciting chronicle of the first all - women ski expedition from the Russian side of the planet to the North Pole. Team selection, physical training, and the logistics of managing food, clothing, and shelter in an environment that ". . . wants you dead," are crisply presented in chilling detail, quite literally. Full of surprises from its inception to its execution nearly eight years later, this is an amazing story of women working together, taking on harsh critics, challenging each other, and reaching a common goal. The group, which expanded and contracted through the stresses that all major expeditions face, was made up of determined but fairly ordinary women, who dedicated their arduous trek to young women. From the pitfalls of fundraising to the perils of breaking ice, this intrepid band of adventurers not only achieved their common goal, but transformed themselves in the process. Sue Carter, the expedition's organizer, describes the problems with group leadership, both in preparation for the expedition and while on the ice. Nevertheless, the women reached the top of the world, and a waiting NASA crew; for an international webcast to schoolchildren who had followed their expedition; and for a segment on Good Morning America. From Ordinary Women - "We had been in Khatanga slightly more than twenty-four hours, but news of this unusual all-women team had captured the imagination of some of the others who were also North Pole bound. Apparently there were side bets taking place as to whether or not this fairly ordinary band of women would survive in the Arctic and make it to 90 degrees north. Smart money was against us." "...An amazing journey. These are a dozen women and they are not the women you might think who necessarily train their whole lives to be athletes - these are journalists, these are mothers, these are women who set out to a place where you can freeze to death in an instant…and they did it well...Ordinary Women - an extraordinary feat." - Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America "Has anyone ever told you that you couldn't do something because of who you are?. . . because "girls didn't do that" . . . Ordinary Women is an armchair adventurer's dream book, and its lack of technical terms makes it easy to understand for non-skiers...." - South Haven Tribune Illustrated with color photographs. 
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6 HALL, SAM. The Fourth World: The Heritage Of The Arctic And Its Destruction.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1987. 0394559428 / 9780394559421 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 9.26 USD
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7 HALL, SAM. The Fourth World: The Heritage Of The Arctic And Its Destruction.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1987. 0394559428 / 9780394559421 First American Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Fair condition library discard with usual stamping, marking and labels. First inside page torn from book. 

Price: 3.33 USD
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8 HUMMEL, MONTE. Arctic Wildlife.
Chartwell Books, Secaucus: 1984. 0890097402 / 9780890097403 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

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9 KANE, M.D., U.S.N., ELISHA KENT; LOOMIS, CHAUNCEY & MARTIN, CONSTANCE (EDITORS). Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition In Search Of Sir John Franklin 1853, 54, 55.
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Chicago: 1996. The Lakeside Classics Series. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
In 1855, Kane and his crew emerged from two long winters of virtual imprisonment in the Arctic. They regained their freedom when they relinquished their quest to discover the whereabouts of a British explorer, Sir John Franklin, who had disappeared a few years earlier in the northern regions of Greenland. Kane graphically describes the ravages of scurvy, starvation, and frostbite; squalid living conditins; and deterioration of mind, spirit, body as the crew survived at the very barest subsistence level. In the end, it is a story that celebrates endurance and sheer grit. Includes an Index. 
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10 MCCANNON, JOHN. A History Of The Arctic: Nature, Exploration And Exploitation.
Reaktion Books: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Cold and isolated, yet home to some 4 million people; harsh and unyielding, yet disintegrating with every passing year: the Arctic defies definition. In the modern mind it represents the quintessentially timeless - its landscape imagined both as a realm of crystalline purity and as a frozen kingdom of dread and death. A unique ecosystem that hosts such beloved creatures as the polar bear and the narwhal and serves as the homeland for some of the world's most robust peoples, the Arctic domain has fascinated and unsettled outsiders throughout history. For all its renown the Arctic remains far from perfectly understood, and today it stands at the epicentre of an unprecedented environmental crisis. In A History of the Arctic, award-winning polar historian John McCannon provides a far-reaching overview of the region from the Stone Age to the present, examining all of its major aspects from a global perspective. Devoting attention to every Arctic nation - from North America and Greenland to Scandinavia and Russia - this vividly drawn account weaves together topics as diverse as polar exploration and science, Arctic nation-building, the northern environment and the role of indigenous peoples in Arctic history. McCannon details the centuries-long attempts to navigate and develop the Northwest and Northeast passages, as well as the conflicting claims to each waterway engendered by the rapid melting of Arctic ice today. He also reviews the resources found in the Arctic - oil, natural gas, minerals, sea mammals and fish - describing the importance these hold as such reserves are depleted elsewhere, and the challenges faced in extracting them. With Arctic territorial claims and resource extraction assuming ever-greater importance in the twenty-first century, this book includes a timely assessment of the current diplomatic and environmental realities of the region, exposing the increasingly dire risks it is likely to face in the near future. A History of the Arctic is an engagingly written, detail-rich and thoroughly engrossing survey of this region at the top of the world. 'This is one of the few books in English (as well as, arguably, the best one) to deal with these themes from a widely comprehensive circumpolar perspective rather that a strictly national one. The chapter "Crusades," for example, deals with the great age of exploration, 1800-1914, and examines not only those explorers familiar to English speakers, but also lesser-known Finns, Icelanders, Faroese, Greenlanders, and Russians. Indigenous people also figure large in these pages. This makes the book tremendously valuable; as an added bonus, it is approachably and engagingly written. It should serve for some considerable time as the standard work on the subject . . . Essential.' - Choice 'John McCannon's book is a valuable and timely addition . . . it's never dull, and [McCannon] possesses a keen eye for detail, especially in chronicling the region's wildlife and the painful transition from exploration to exploitation . . . This is a thoughtful, provocative study that should be read by anyone who cares about the Arctic's fate.' - Geographical Magazine 'John McCannon's narrative of Arctic offers a fascinating insight into a unique and little understood continent. Drawing upon an impressive intellect and a comprehensive bibliography, the author has sought to distil innumerable references and a wide range of subjects into a single authoritative volume . . . well written and certainly worth the jacket price for anyone who has an interest in the far north.' - Naval Review 'From a historian's perspective, the Arctic is unusual as a region defined by climate and environment, not historic ethnic boundaries. It imposes special demands on the historian, who must possess more than a superficial grounding in the geography, natural history, and ethnography of the region, along with some knowledge of the history of the varied nations that either border the Arctic or have intruded on it to some degree. A History of the Arctic has been written by someone who meets these requirements, which is fortunate for readers . . . an excellent synthesis and likely to become a widely referenced source on the Arctic.' - Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 'A remarkable voyage through the Arctic, from its misty past to contentious present. A graceful writer with a fine eye for telling detail, McCannon offers an exciting, broad-sweep tour . . . A must-read volume for the general public and scholars alike.' - Ronald E. Doel, Associate Professor of History, Florida State University 'I have long sought an outstanding general environmental history of the Arctic only to be disappointed. John McCannon's new work, A History of the Arctic, admirably fills this need. McCannon is at his best in explaining for a broad audience the complex interactions of environment, ecosystems, and humans of all nationalities and cultures in the Arctic. It is a thoughtful, broadly-considered, and sometimes provocative study that offers a transnational perspective on the profound changes over time taking place in this significant region.' - Roger D. Launius, PhD, Senior Curator in the Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution 'A dazzling tour d'horizon . . . Anyone who cares about the Arctic should read this sobering book. Let's hope his gloomy predictions are wrong. I suspect he is right.' - Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London John McCannon is Assistant Professor of History at Southern New Hampshire University, and has published widely in the field of Arctic history and exploration. He is the author of Red Arctic: Polar Exploration and the Myth of the North in the Soviet Union, 1932-1939 (1998). 
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11 MOWAT, FARLEY. The Siberians.
Bantam Books, New York: 1982. 0553203797 / 9780553203790 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Farley Mowat's most dramatic expedition takes him deep into the little-known regions of Siberia - from the weather-battered log houses of old Russia, to primitive deerskin tents pitched on the edge of the polar sea, and to Yakutsk, one of the coldest places on earth, where on still winter days the warmth of human breath causes fogs to condense over the towns. The Siberians - reindeer herders, poets, dissidents, Arctic engineers, vigorous women - welcome Mowat with mare's milk and vodka, and a fierce love for their isolated - yet booming - territory. 
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12 NICKERSON, SHEILA. Midnight To The North: The Untold Story Of The Intuit Woman Who Saved The Polaris Expedition.
Jeremy P. Tarcher - Putnam, New York: 2002. 1585421332 / 9781585421336 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
The Polaris expedition of 1871-1873 was one of the strangest tragedies in the history of Arctic exploration. Less than five months after setting out to lead the first official American party to the North Pole, the expedition's leader, Captain Charles Francis Hall, was dead, likely murdered by his crew. The Polaris was locked in ice; nineteen of its crew and passengers were forced to embark on what would be the longest ice-drift in history. Remarkably, all survived - thanks in large part to the skills of one woman, Tookoolito, Hall's thirty-four-year-old Inuit translator. In Midnight to the North, the Pushcart Prize-winning poet Sheila Nickerson describes how this "Sacajawea of the ice" helped sustain a wildly various group of people thrown together in desperate circumstances. "With a scholar's rigor, a poet's imagery, and a lover's heart, Sheila Nickerson rescues and celebrates the lost story of an obscure Intuit woman, Tookoolito - a new hero of our humanity. Wonderful." - Maxine Hong Kingston 
Price: 9.74 USD
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13 PALSSON, GISLI. Travelling Passions: Stefansson, The Arctic Explorer.
Dartmouth College Press / University Press of New England, Hanover: 2005. 1584655100 / 9781584655107 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The new biography of Iceland's famed explorer and anthropologist. Vilhjalmur Stefansson has long been known for his groundbreaking work as an anthropologist and expert on Arctic peoples. His three expeditions to the Canadian Arctic in the early 1900s, as well as his groundbreaking work in northern anthropology, helped create his public image as a heroic, Hemingway-esque figure in the annals of twentieth-century exploration. But the emotional and private lives of Stefansson the man have remained hidden—until now. Much new evidence of these other lives has recently been discovered, allowing Gísli Pálsson to retell Stefansson's story. Love letters between Stefansson and his fiancée Cecil Smith, forgotten for decades, turned up in a New Hampshire flea market. The clever fieldwork of a private detective and a simple Web search led Pálsson to Smith's daughter by another man and her insights on Stefansson's first love. Stefansson's relationship with his informant and guide, Fanny Panigabluk, turns out to have been much more than a professional partnership: together they had a child, Alex, whose descendants Pálsson interviewed in Canada's Northwest Territories. And Stefansson's field diaries are a marked contrast to his published works, revealing lengthy and elegant essays, insightful commentary on Inupiat society, and drawings. The diaries show a Stefansson who was much more than the familiar brash adventurer; he was also a careful, observant, and gifted anthropologist. Above all, Vilhjalmur Stefansson was a study in contrasts. In this remarkable new work, Gísli Pálsson draws a clear, vivid, and in many ways unexpected, picture of the mythical Stefansson, while remaining careful not to apply modern sensibilities to the life and motivations of a man from such a different time. Travelling Passions is translated for the first time from the bestselling Icelandic-language edition. "Pálsson's book is very well-researched . . . an excellent read from start to finish." —Polar Record "Pálsson's book is a masterpiece. It leaves the reader with sufficient space for reflection which is an important asset."—Kristján Jóhannson, Dagblai The Table of Contents of this book is as follows: Foreword - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada • Acknowledgements • Hard Facts and Emotive Fluff • Formative Years • The Bone Collector • My Little Wife • Among Inuit • To the "Blond Eskimos" • In the Wake of the Karluk • Farewell to Family Life • Back to Civilization • The Saga of Alex Stefansson • The Dartmouth Years • The Super Eskimo • Love and Fame • Epilogue • A Chronology • Endnotes • Bibliography • Index. GÍisli Palsson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland and formerly was Professor at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on environmental change, the social implications of biotechnology, Arctic exploration, and Inuit genetic history. Among his many books is Writing on Ice: The Ethnographic Notebooks of Vilhjalmur Stefansson (UPNE, 2001). "Much has been written before about Stefansson's life, but Pálsson's work places it in a new context . . . The outcome is much more than an account of the life history of this 'famous Icelander,' it becomes a contribution to the complex history of the exchanges between Western masculinity and colonial power with the cultural and natural environment of northern regions." —Ólafur Rastrick, Saga 
Price: 33.25 USD
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14 PRICE, RAY. Howling Arctic: The Remarkable People Who Made Canada Sovereign In The Farthest North.
h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. DJ has chips and tears and taped in several places. 

Price: 22.33 USD
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15 SCHERMAN, KATHARINE. Spring On An Arctic Island.
Little Brown, Boston: 1956. First Edition. h Hardcover, no dust dustjacket. Good reading copy. 
The story of the unfolding of an arctic springtime, a subtle and exciting flowering which dwellers in the Temperate Zone can only fleetingly imagine, perhaps only on an early morning in April. Includes an Index. 
Price: 4.28 USD
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16 SCHERMAN, KATHARINE. Spring On An Arctic Island.
Little, Brown and Company, Boston: 1956. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
The story of the unfolding of an arctic springtime, a subtle and exciting flowering which dwellers in the Temperate Zone can only fleetingly imagine, perhaps only on an early morning in April. Includes an Index. 
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17 STEFANSSON, VILHJALMUR; PALSSON, GISLI (EDITOR & INTRODUCTION). Writing On Ice: The Ethnographic Notebooks Of Vilhjalmur Stefansson.
University Press of New England, Hanover: 2001. 1584651199 / 9781584651192 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
An extensive account of the often elusive anthropology of a famed Arctic explorer. Between 1906 and 1918, anthropologist and explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson went on three long expeditions to the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic. He wrote voluminously about his travels and observations, as did others. Stefansson's fame was partly fueled by a series of controversies involving envious competitors in the race for public recognition. While many anthropological works refer to his writings and he continues to be cited in ethnographic and historical works on indigenous peoples of the North American Arctic, particularly the Inuit, his successes in exploration (the discovery and mapping of some of the last remaining land on earth) have overshadowed his anthropological work. Writing on Ice utilizes his extensive fieldwork diaries, now in Dartmouth's Special Collections, and contemporary photographs and sketches, some never before published, to bring to life the anthropology of the Arctic explorer. Gísli Pálsson situates the diaries in the context of that era's anthropological practice, early 20th-century expeditionary power relations, and the North American community surrounding Stefansson. He also examines the tension between the rhetoric of ethnography and exploration (the notion of the "friendly Arctic") and the reality of fieldwork and exploration, partly with reference to Stefansson's silence about his Inuit family. Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879 - 1962), son of Icelandic immigrants in Manitoba and North Dakota, was affiliated with Harvard's Anthropology Department and Peabody Museum. His association with Dartmouth began in 1929, and his later visits laid the foundation for the polar study program formally established in 1953. Gísli Pálsson is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Anthropology at University of Iceland. He has written extensively on such issues as environmental debates, property rights, fishing skills, fieldwork, biotechnology, language, and cognition. His newest book is The Textual Life of Savants: Ethnography, Iceland, and the Linguistic Turn (1997). 
Price: 28.45 USD
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