the original 34/32 published parts, loose as issued, together with two publisher's pictorial gilt cloth bindings (volume 1 and volume 2), 8vo (240 x 155mm.), plates and illustrations, both titles, contents and list of illustrations in final part, each part in original blue printed pictorial cream wrappers, uncut, some wrappers a little chipped or soiled, minor wear to bindings
extremely rare in the original parts and with the two publisher's pictorial cloth boards before binding
Nansen's (1861-1930) "own account of a remarkable achievement in polar exploration. He designed a ship, the Fram, that, by its shape would evade the crushing pressure of ice... Nansen sailed from Norway in June 1893, returning in August 1896. In March 1895 with one companion and three sledges, Nansen crossed the ice towards the north pole and after a few weeks reached the farthest north latitude yet attained by man (86 degress 14'). His great journey received world-wide acclaim and brought him many international honours." (Printing and the Mind of Man)
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