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  In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.  (Christina Rosetti )

While most of us find frosty winds and stone-hard water and iron-tough earth to be impediments to doing much of anything - in fact, the more wind and snow there is, the better the likelihood that we're snugly tucked inside with a roaring fire, hot cocoa and our Uggs on to keep our toesies warm - there are a hardy few souls who thrive on extremes of temperature and environment. These are the men and women who slog through snow and ice in the most abysmal conditions for weeks or months on end, with the possibility of frostbite, starvation, impassable terrain and the ever-present threat of death.

Each of these few explorers has his own reasons for exploring such difficult conditions: some seek fame or fortune, some have scientific curiosity, some feel the pull of being the first  to do something thought impossible, and others are just thrill-seekers. No matter why they do what they do, the stories they tell are undeniably thrilling.


A Tenderfoot with Peary

Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York, 1911. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Inscribed & signed 'To Our good friend Dr. Arthur L. Parks, Donald B. [Baxter] MacMillan, Miriam MacMillan' on front endpaper. Donald was a veteran Arctic explorer who participated in over thirty expeditions during his career. He was a member of Peary's party during the 1908 voyage to achieve the North Pole, and the author's roommate on the Roosevelt. He is mentioned in the text, though he may not have appreciated the book's title, as he was unable to accompany Peary on his final push to the pole due to frozen heels.

Click image to zoom L'Expedition de la Jeannette au Pole Nord...
Paris: Maurice Dreyfous, undated (ca. 1893). First edition. Hardcover. Good. Octavo (22 cm), pp. [6], xxiv, 365, [2] (vol 1); [6], 411, [1] (vol 2). Undated. First trade edition (there was also an edition of 25 copies printed on Hollande Van Gelder paper). Original publisher's green cloth boards with gilt lettering, maritime vignette in black and gold on upper boards, black border along top and bottom edges. Each with frontispiece, maps and numerous plates. Dedication page tipped in volume 1, reproduced letter/autograph from a Mr. Jackson of the New York Herald....
Arctic Manual

New York:: Macmillan,, 1953. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Inscribed by Author(s). Inscribed by Author. An overview of living in the Arctic using Inuit and modern methods.---4th Printing.---Prepared under the direction of the Chief of the Air Corps: United States Army. With a Special Introduction and Index. Anthropologist and Arctic explorer, Stefansson, author of MY LIFE WITH THE ESKIMOS, gives realistic advice on how to survive in the inhospitable, misunderstood land of ice, written for the U. S. Army Air Corps. He also tells how NOT to build an igloo. -----Inscribed to anthropologist and historian Alvin H. Morrison. /For Alvin H Morrison from his colleague in Northern Studies./ On front-free-endpage.

The Geographical Journal - Volumes 1-42
London: The Royal Geographical Society. 1893-1913. First. Periodical. Octavos. A consecutive run of 42 volumes (from January 1893 - December 1913, each containing six monthly issues) of this scientific journal, known for publishing the reports of many famous expeditions during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, as well as reports and articles on many other important expeditions in remote regions throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Among the reports published in this set are Robert Peary's "Journeys in North Greenland," David Carnegie's "Explorations in the Interior of Western Australia," and Sven Hedin's "Four Years' Travel in Central Asia" (all in March 1898); J. Gunnar Andersson's "The Winter Expedition of the 'Antarctic' to South Georgia" (October 1902); Ernest Shackleton's "Some Results of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-9" (November 1909)...

The Heart of the Antarctic

London: William Heinemann, 1909 1st ed, VG, 2 Vols, 12 col plates, numerous other B&W, complete. In blue contemporary pictorial cloth boards, title in silver, corners rubbed. Faded spines, relaid, titles in gilt. Internally, no inscriptions...Title continues: being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909. With an introd. by H. R. Mill, and an account of the first journey to the south magnetic pole by T. W. Edgeworth David.

No Surrender_

London: Thomas Nelson, n.d. [1933]., 1933. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. vii; 278. Bound in publisher's green cloth, titled and decorated in gilt to spine. In a photographic dustjacket depicting mountainous region of the South Pole...."The immortal story of Captain Scott's journey to the South Pole ... one of the most deeply moving of all tales of human heroism."
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Until Next Month...

For those of us who are more faint of heart, not to worry. We all have different talents and ambitions. In junior high it was no secret that I wanted to be President of the United States, but I realized that introverts are just not suited to that sort of position; being a book dealer hiding in my office 340+ days of the year is just fine by me.  We may not be rugged outdoors-people interested in being the first to conquer the magnetic North Pole, or watch dozens of sled dogs and colleagues die on the way to the unbelievably harsh environs of the South Pole (can you say −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K at Vostok Station, Antarctica?).  We slackers, however, have one advantage over Polar explorers: our toesies inside our Uggs are nice and warm and dry.
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