London: George Newnes, Ltd, 1898. First Edition Thus; the second English edition following the Archibald Constable publication from a year earlier. 8vo. Vol. I: [xv], 480 pp; vol. II: [viii], 456 pp. Large fold-out map; color drawings including frontispiece by Nansen. Many photographic plates and illustrations in text. Striking red, gold & silver gilt illustration & lettering on teal cloth boards; AEG; original black clay endpapers. Vol. II front hinged cracked else an unusually fine, bright set. Item #17573
Nansen's first-person account of his journey from 1893-1896 to prove that a drift-current sets across the polar regions from the Bering Strait and the neighborhood of the New Siberia Islands towards the east coast of Greenland. His ship, the "Fram", was specially built of etraordinarily strong materials and of a design to be lifted by rather than crushed by the ice. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, Nansen's techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Nansen was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1922 for his work on behalf of the displaced victims of the First World War and related conflicts.