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Vodka on Ice: A Year with the Russians in Antarctica by Charles Swithinbank (£38.00)Publisher: The Book Guild — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1857766466]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “No stranger to the Antarctic, Charles Swithinbank is the only Briton to have served with the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. From 1963 to 1965 he lived and worked without a break at Russian stations in the far south. The Cold War was in full swing and many of his colleagues assumed that he had been sent to spy on them. Yet gradually the barriers were broken down and he encountered many a colourful character, gaining a fascinating insight into the lives of his Soviet comrades. Several had harrowing tales to tell. One had been a dive-bomber pilot during the war. Another had steel ribs as a legacy of the battle of Stalingrad, and had lost part of a leg during the siege of Leningrad. The doctor had been severely wounded in Stalingrad before recovering to hound the German army westwards through the Baltic states. Some of the younger Russians had spent the war in Siberia, working on state farms. In the course of his stay the author visited the coldest place on Earth, drove a giant tractor, taught English, attended Communist Party meetings and did his share of the chores. He describes feasts and everyday fare, borsch and shchi and fish buns.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [IX] 165 pages. Tags: swithinbank charles relations with russians travel antarctica scientific expeditions scientists great britain biography discovery and exploration soviet first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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NASA Reference Publication 1201: The 1987 Airborne Antarctic Ozone Experiment: The Nimbus-7 TOMS Data Atlas by Arlin J. Krueger, Philip E. Ardanuy, Frank S. Sechrist, Lanning M. Penn, David E. Larko, Scott D. Doiron & Reginald N. Galimore (£30.00)Publisher: Washington: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Scientific and Technical Information Division — 1988Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers which are unevenly sunned. A slightly dog-eared copy in places. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Graphs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". 245 pages. Tags: airborne antarctic ozone experiment, nimbus toms experiment, punta arenas, mapping onto aircraft flight paths, stratospheric circulation patterns, satellite aerosol measurement sam, limb infrared monitor stratosphere, stratosphere, polar clouds pscs, books written arlin krueger, philip ardanuy, frank sechrist, lanning penn, david larko, scott doiron reginald galimore
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Australia: Land of Many Dreams by Lyall Rowe (£27.00)Publisher: Colour Library Books For Gordon & Gotch — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 086283158X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Small crease at top edge of lower panel. Slipcase slightly scuffed in a couple of places. A pleasing copy.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “For a country which can claim less than a century of nationhood Australia has a fantastic history which has the power to fascinate and enthral. Many thousands of years ago the very first Australians made their way to the vast southern continent on fragile rafts and boats. The nomadic Aborigines created a lifestyle which was rich in culture, but which made little use of the land's vast potential. Intriguing insights into the story of this nation and the character of the people are provided by the fascinating text and glorious full-colour photographs in this book.”Notes: Size: 11" x 13". Brown boards with Orange titling to the Spine & Upper Board. Tags: australia aborigines captain cook new south wales captain james cook cape york queensland van diemen’s land tasmania victoria northern territory norfolk island cocos keeling islands christmas island coral sea island macdonnell islands australian antarctic territory southern hemisphere climatic conditions western australia queensland great dividing range commonwealth parliament kanakas gold rush immigration restriction act anzac day canberra tasmania joseph lyons hobart flying doctor service qantas australian labor party burley griffin sir joseph cook sydney harbour
P&P: UK 1st £9.75. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £15.56. EU Air £15.35. ROW Surface £15.56. ROW Air £29.22

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The Illustrated Atlas of Wildlife by Various (£27.00)Publisher: Weldon Owen — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781921530005]Condition: Very Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the spine with a small stain to the upper panel. A nice copy else. Description: Illustrated by way of: Graphs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Maps;Notes: Size: 13½" x 10¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 288 pages. Tags: 9781921530005 evolution threats wildlife conservation deciduous woodlands coniferous forests northern europe galapagos islands patagonia sahara sahel antarctic desert pacific ocean new guinea highlands temperate heathlands eastern forest appalachians mountains southwest china
P&P: UK 1st £9.00. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £14.26. EU Air £14.10. ROW Surface £14.26. ROW Air £26.72

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Wisdom Of The Wild: How We Treat Our Planet by Anon. (£26.50)Publisher: Word Wide Fund for Nature — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Presentation plate to the first blank.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “There is no turning back. There never has been in history. Two hundred million American citizens are not going to leave the USA just to give back to the Indians the land that was stolen from them. The Inuit in Greenland are not about to climb into their kayaks to paddle back up the river of history. The wisdom with which “wild” peoples have animated their world cannot be fetched back at will. Nevertheless, there is a great deal to learn. This, for example: how, on the threshold of the third millennium, can we live once again in a finite world without consuming it? Pedagogues tell us that children need elements of the wild and disorder in order to become mentally sound adults. The child in its den is said to be subconsciously remembering the feeling of safety which our ancestors experienced in caves in the childhood of mankind. In Sweden, they let children fly back to the beginnings of humanity on the wings of their imagination, as it were. The wild as a tonic.

Henry David Thoreau’s suggestion that every major city should have some wildness in its vicinity (because otherwise its inhabitants would revert to the wild) is almost one hundred and fifty years old — and highly topical in view of the frustration which people feel in our concrete bunkers.

An end must be put to the dominance of the right angle. Protection programmes for spacious areas of wilderness have one purpose, among others, namely to preserve the charm of untouched nature. Real-life magic! Magic, or rather cheap tricks — that is what our oh-so-en-lightened world thought of the healing knowledge of the jungle Indians for such a long time. Until, at the sight of the burning rain forests, they realised that the best pharmacy in the world was going up in flames.

The awareness of its utility should not be the rescuers’ sole motive, however. If we only take up arms in defence of the earth where our immediate living conditions are threatened, we shall soon be sitting amidst the ruins of a barren planet. It is (unfortunately, some would say) not the case that when the trees die, man also dies immediately. There are no trees in the Mongolian steppes, but they are still not dead. The fact is, as an Indian chief once said: “After the deaths of plants and animals, you will die of the great loneliness in your hearts.” An appeal has been filed against this death sentence. This book contains a few passages from the defence counsel’s speech.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Jingis Aitmatov. Size: 12" x 9½". Light Brown boards with Dark Brown titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 256 pages. Tags: acid ackirain adaptation additives agricultural agriculture altemative amazonia antarctic arctic assessment atmosphere atmospheric beliefs biology biosphere bodies britain cap capture carbon carcanomas catalytic catastrophe cfc changes chlorine circulation climate climatic climatologists clouds coal collapse conservation consumption cryosphere curve cutback cycle dam damage decay defence deforestation demography destruction detector dioxide disaster drought
P&P: UK 1st £6.75. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £10.36. EU Air £10.35. ROW Surface £10.36. ROW Air £19.22

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North Pole South Pole by Bernard Stonehouse (£24.00)Publisher: Prion — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1853750565]Condition: Very Good - in Good+ DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled with a small snag at the head of the spine. Text bright and tight.Description: A guide to the ecology and resources of the Arctic and Antartic. Illustrated with colour photographs. Illustrated / decorative end papers.Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages. Tags: ecology arctic antarctic sub-arctic regions 998 coldest regions mantles polar regions polar circles tundra maritime isotherms climatic regions pack amundsen-scott station sunshine glacier signy ice plateau seals ice floes greenland inuit devon island canada arctic fauna geographers bering strait canadian colonists whalers remote communities vorkuta yakutsk norwegian lutheran danish explorers james clark ross royal naval expedition iceberg terre adelie sealers northwest passage north polar basin captain cook lapland polus arcticus vasco gama ferdinand magellan christopher columbus polar agriculture polar vegetation polar politics
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Photographs from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition by David M. Wilson (£16.50)Publisher: New York, Boston & London: Little, Brown & Company — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780316178501]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Photographic endpapers and blanks; Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps;

From the cover: “The legend of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, symbol of fortitude and courage who perished with his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole on March 29, 1912, is an enduring one, exalted, dismantled, and restored over the course of the past century.

Until now, the history of the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition has been pieced together from Scott’s own diaries and those of his companions, the sketches of “Uncle Bill” Wilson, and the celebrated photographs of Herbert Ponting. Yet for the final, fateful months of their journey, Scott also photographed this extraordinary scientific endeavour himself. For decades Scott’s photographs — breathtaking polar panoramas, views of geographical and geological formations, and shots of the activities of his team and their animals — have been lost and recovered, fought over, and neglected. Now, at long last, they are resurrected.

Trained by Ponting, and in the face of extreme climatic conditions and practical challenges at the dawn of photography, Scott achieved an iconic series of images remarkable for both their technical mastery and their poignancy, indelible records of the doomed journey. In this landmark book, the photographs are accurately attributed, catalogued, and published together for the first time: a new dimension to one of the last great expeditions of the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration and a humbling testament to the men whose graves still lie unmarked in the vastness of the Great Alone.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 10¼". Grey boards with Blind-stamped titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Tags: photography antarctica scientific expeditions history 20th century south pole discovery exploration british portrait antarctic terra nova expedition photographs travel adventure 9780316178501
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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History of World Exploration by John Keay (£16.00)Publisher: Mallard Press — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0792453255]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Previous owners inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white & colour photographs, maps and drawings. From the cover: “The history of the exploration of our world is a heroic adventure, a centuries-old quest to extend the limit of our physical horizons and to test our courage and fortitude. The stories of these explorers and their expeditions have, from ancient times, inspired and embodied the ascent of man. From Marco Polo, Columbus and Cook, Livingstone, Burton and Speke, to those intrepid polar explorers Scott and Amundsen, to Edmund Hillary who scaled the peak of Everest — all are a breed apart and all have their own remarkable stories to tell.”Notes: Size: 11½" x 8½". Cream boards with Black titling to the Spine. 322 pages. Tags: royal geographical society early exploration asia africa north america central south america oceanography antarctic exploration explorers expeditions equipment expeditionary records motives for exploration discovery migrations colonization spanish conquistadores polynesians remotest islands terrestrial explorers david livingstone zambezi cartographv great geographer eratosthenes expedition earth chinese exploration zheng venetian traveller trade luxury
P&P: UK 1st £6.75. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £10.36. EU Air £10.35. ROW Surface £10.36. ROW Air £19.22

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The World of Ice by James L. [Lindsay] Dyson (£14.00)Publisher: London: The Cresset Press — 1963Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, faded at the spine and slightly loose to the book. Top edge of the text block spotted. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Description: Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Black & White Photographs [83]; Charts [2]; Maps [3];Notes: Size: 9½" x 6½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 292 [XIII] pages. Tags: glaciers ice arctic ocean embrace icebergs alaska canada siberia permafrost antarctic polar exploration alpine
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22

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Scott's Last Journey by Edited by Peter King (£12.50)Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co. — UndatedBinding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715629387]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the flap: “As the years have gone by, Scott’s reputation has been weighed in the balance with Shackleton’s — and found wanting. Even the precious journals that Scott wrote on the journey are no longer in print, while photographs of the expedition have gathered dust in scientific institutes. In this new edition of the Journals, Peter King re-examines Scott’s exploits, setting his own account against modern studies of the Polar Race and thus enabling readers to make their own judgements for the first time. The text is illuminated by a selection of photographs, taken by one of the greatest Antarctic explorers, Herbert Ponting, who accompanied Scott.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Beryl Bainbridge. Size: 10" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: british antarctic expedition 1910 beardmore glacier pole oates scott great ice barrier ross island victoria land shelf brash fragments floe finnesko fur boots flense flence blubber pemmican hoosh foot polar lands shores nunatak chree indians piedmont continent norwegian skiff morainic material sennegras sastrugus snow-plain working crack experience bay whales cape
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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The Sea Birds of Britain and Ireland by Stanley Cramp; W. R. P. Bourne; David Saunders; (£11.50)Publisher: Collins — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0002196549]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little marked in places although bright overall. Top edges of text block tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Top corner of the rear endpaper stained.Description: From the flap: “This book arises from ‘Operation Seafarer’ of 1969-70, in which professional and amateur ornithologists throughout the British Isles combined to map and count all our seabird colonies. The book surveys the biology and life history of seabirds, their present numbers and changing fortunes. Each species is illustrated by Robert Gillmor — both in line drawings and in colour plates — which show the principal distinctions of plumage. Distribution maps printed in two colours on pages 193-224 have been drawn for the book by Crispin Fisher. They show in detail the location and size of all breeding colonies of each species.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 6". 288 pages. Tags: abbott's adamastor adamsri adeliae adelie aethereus aethia aethini african africanus aibifrons albatross albicollis albiventer alcatorda alcini aleuticus amazon american ancient andrewsi anous antarct antarctic antarctica antiquus aptenodytes aquila arctic arctica argentatus aristote ascension atbatfus aterrina atlantic atticeps audouinli audouin's audubon's auklet aurantia auritus australian balaenarum bassana belcheri bermuda bernsteini billed birulai
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World by Harry Thompson (£9.50)Publisher: John Murray — 2006Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 071956347X]Condition: Near Fine. Description: First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: “It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: To assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe.

Except — hold on a minute — that’s not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine colonels’ wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiotic Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a lot more than you bargained for.

Harry Thompson’s hilarious book tells the story of one of those great madcap enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 242 pages. Tags: cricket matches humor captain scott eleven players travel
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Great Explorers by Roderic Owen (£8.39)Publisher: Mayflower — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little ruffled at the top edge. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “Over two thousand years ago Alexander the Great led his conquering army on gruelling marches across the Himalayas and into the heart of India. Since then, intrepid men and women have pushed the frontiers of the known world back further and further until, with little of the surface of the earth left to chart, astronauts took ‘one giant leap for mankind’ when they stepped from their landing-craft on to the moon. Great Explorers spotlights the adventures of over forty of these courageous pioneers. Their characters and motives were as varied as the terrains they crossed.”Notes: Size: 12" x 9¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 185 pages. Tags: jackson-harmsworth bellingshausen cherry-garrard civilizations conquistadors geographical kut-el-amara planisphere bartholomew brahmaputra livingstone christopher exploration mississippi shackleton vilhjalmur meriwether clearwater north-east australian stefansson expedition rusticiano toscanelli mcclintock north-west fatteconda tanganyika courageous nachtigal sebastian murchison alexander francisco montezuma d’urville beardmore karlsefni ferdinand commander expedkion armstrong explorers religious josefland frederick frontiers herodotus antarctic hardships encounter
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22

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