The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions


First edition. Maps in rear pocket, fold-outs, and plates all included. Front matter a bit foxed, final plate loose. 1921 Hard Cover. xxxi, 784 pp. 8vo. Original navy blue cloth, blind-stamped border. Numerous half-tone photographs throughout, nine maps, including two folding maps in text and two fold-outs in rear pocket. Arctic Bibliography 16808: Contains preface by Stefansson, foreword by Gilbert Grosvenor, and introduction by Sir Robert Borden, describing the origin and organization of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-1918. Narrative of the expedition, under auspices of the Canadian government, organized and led by Stefansson, with R.M. Anderson second in command and thirteen other scientists. Its purpose was to investigate the comparatively unknown areas of the western Canadian Arctic: one party under Stefansson to make geographical exploration of the so-called 'area of inaccessibility' in Beaufort Sea, the second party under Anderson to carry out detailed investigations of animal, insect and plant life, and natives of the northern coast, in particular the Coronation Gulf region. The author describes the expedition's start from Nome, Alaska in July 1913: the loss of its principal ship Karluk, beset in ice in Beaufort Sea in September; changes in the expedition's plans; his party's sledge and boat trips north and east from the north Alaskan coast over Beaufort Sea, on Banks Island, Prince Patrick Island (mapping its west coast), discovery of Borden (and Brock) Island; travels along Melville Island, McClure Strait, Banks Island (remarks on Mercy Bay); visit to Herschel Island, Victoria Island, the Copper Eskimos; trip north of the Ringnes Islands, discovery of the Meighen Island; corrections in mapping of Hassel Sound; King Christian Island, discovery of Lougheed Island; the wintering 1916-17 on Melville Island, death of Charles Thomsen and Captain Peter Bernard, return to Alaska. Includes throughout, remarks on Eskimos, sledging, dogs, game (Seals, polar bear, caribou, musk oxen, etc.), wolves, reindeer, gulls, ice conditions, travel methods, food, practice of 'living off the country', ships for polar work, the Mary Sachs, North Star, Polar Bear, aviation, health conditions, scurvy, snow goggles, etc. Appendix: Drifting in the Beaufort Sea by Storker T. Storkerson, 1920: The story of the Karluk according to the account of Captain John R. Hadley, and the account of the rescue of the survivors, by Burt M. McConnell. The region of maximum inaccessibility in the Arctic, by V. Stefansson, 1920; The work of the southern section of the expedition. A summary of the report of Dr. Rudolph M. Anderson, 1917; Who's who of the expedition, biographical notes, etc., and detailed index.

Title: The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions

Author: Stefansson, Vilhjalmur; Grosvenor, Gilbert; Borden, Robert; Storkerson, Storker T.; Hadley, John R.; McConnell, Burt M.

Categories: Travel, Nautical & Exploration, Polar Expeditions,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1921

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2304793

Keywords: ADVENTURE TRAVEL GREENLAND ARCTIC POLAR REGION,