[Sir John Franklin, Arctic explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed to his wife ('My dearest Jane'), describing King William IV's first levee and his own meeting with the monarch, as well as family business.

Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), Arctic explorer who perished with his entire expedition to chart the North-West Passage [Lady Franklin [nee Jane Griffin] (1791-1875); William IV, 'the Sailor King']
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21 July [1830]. 55 Devonshire Street [London].

3pp, 4to. A long letter, with seventy-three lines of closely-written text. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Slight damage to second leaf through breaking of black wax seal, parts of which still adhere. Folded four times. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf to 'Lady Franklin | Egremont Place | Brighton'. The letter is signed 'John Franklin' and addressed to 'My dearest Jane', the couple having married two years previously.

[Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian polar explorer.] Autograph Signature ('Fridtjof Nansen').

Fridtjof Nansen [Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen] (1861-1930), Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
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Without date or place.

A good clean clear signature ('Fridtjof Nansen'), in strong black ink on 1.75. x 7.5 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on 6.5 x 9 cm piece of paper cut from album. Laid down above the signature slip is a 3 cm square photograph of 'Dr. Nansen' in top hat, cut from a newspaper.

[Professor Richard Owen to .] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen.') to his friend the Arctic explorer Robert McCormick, warmly praising him and his work.

Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), Superintendent, Natural History Department, British Museum, palaeontologist [Robert McCormick (1800-1890), RN, Arctic explorer, accompanied Charles Darwin in HMS Beagle]
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On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 2 February 1884.

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip from stub of mount adhering to one edge. A warm, light-hearted letter of praise, written on reading McCormick's 'Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas and Round the World' 1884. The letter begins: 'My dear Mc.Cormick, | No days of my release from Museum-duties have been spent here more agreeably & profitably than in your Society. | Having voyaged with you, shiver'd with you, shot with you, climbed with you, through your two noble Volumes; imagine the coziness of an English fire-side!!

[Polar Exploration ] Three Famous Polar Explorers (Illustrated). The 'Grosvenor' Seies of Suplementary Readers, no. 10

Anonymous [ Polar Exploration ]
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Charles & Dible, London & Glasgow 1912?]

64pp., 12mo, soft cover, beige, sl. marked, mainly very good condition. Small square school library stamp on title and inside back cover. Scarce. No other copy currently on the Market (viaLibri).Only one copy recorded, at Birmingham University, whose entry in COPAC suggests a publication date of [1912?], perhaps because the final page mentions that a memorial tablet for Scott in St Paul's Cathedral and a "sculptured bronze monument in London" are "proposed". An early attempt to glorify polar explorers.

[Col. H. W. Feilden, Arctic explorer, to Daniel Meinerzhagen: 'A few days actual acquaintance with Polar Regions will do you more good than a cart-load of letters.'] Two Autograph Letters Signed regarding Meinertzhagen's plan to explore Spitsbergen.

Col. H. W. Feilden [Colonel Henry Wemyss Feilden] (1838-1921), Arctic explorer and naturalist [Daniel Meinertzhagen (1875-1898); Aubyn Trevor-Battye (1855-1922)]
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Both on letterhead of Wells, Norfolk. 18 and 29 December 1895.

A close friend of Rudyard Kipling, Feilden fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War, and married the daughter of a South Carolina judge. The recipient Daniel Meinertzhagen (1875-1898) was the eldest of the ten children of Daniel Meinertzhagen (1842-1910) of Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, and brother to the celebrated intelligence officer and fraud Col. Richard Meinertzhagen (1878-1967). At the time of writing he was a student at New College, Oxford.

[Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian Arctic explorer, regarded by Roald Amundsen as 'the greatest humbug alive'.] Typed Letter Signed ('V. Stefansson') to English author Clifford Bax; regarding plans for a meeting in New York.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson [Vilhjálmur Stefánsson] (1879-1962), Canadian Arctic explorer of Icelandic extraction, ethnologist and archaeologist [Clifford Bax (1886-1962), English author; the Harvard Club]
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On his letterhead, 67 Moreton Street, New York. 25 March, 1935.

Stefansson was involved in two disasters: the loss of the Karluk during the Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913–1916 to explore the regions west of Parry Archipelago for the Government of Canada, which he led; and the Wrangel Island fiasco, 1921. 1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes to Bax 'c/o Hill & Peters'. The letter begins: 'Just as I am starting on a lecture tour, a letter comes from Marjorie Humphreys saying you are about to arrive and asking that I do something for you.

Autograph Letter Signed ('I. I. Hayes') from the American arctic explorer Isaac Israel Hayes, providing an autograph for the stock broker and journalist John H. Gourtie.

Isaac Israel Hayes (1832-1881), American arctic explorer [John H. Gourtie, stock broker and journalist]
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20c East 15th Street, New York. 15 June 1869.

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of mount to blank second leaf of bifolium. Good, firm signature, with flourish. The letter reads 'Dear Sir | I have recd your favour of April last & am glad so easily to oblige you. - | Truly yours | I. I. Hayes'. Gourtie contributed stock exchange reports to the New-York American.

'Storyteller' magazine, containing the article 'Arctic Hunter' by Edward Shackleton

Edward Shackleton [Arctic hunting; polar exploration; Eskimos; G. K. Chesterton; Hermann Goering]
 Article 'Arctic Hunter' by Edward Shackleton
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Vol. I. No. 6: April 1937. London: The Amalgamated Press, Ltd.
 Article 'Arctic Hunter' by Edward Shackleton

4to, 112 pp. Stapled. In original printed wraps. Fair, on aged and lightly-discoloured paper. In creased, worn and discoloured wraps. 'Arctic Hunter' by Shackleton covers pp. 33-38. With four photographs (three captions: 'A Herd of Musk-Oxen', 'An Arctic Switch-Back' and 'Eskimos in their Hunting Kayaks'). Shackleton's article reads as an original not an extract. Begins 'THE Arctic is thought by many to be a dead and sunless world, largely devoid of life.

Autograph letter signed to John Wilson Croker, Secretary to the Admiralty

Edward Sabine
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(1788-1883) Arctic explorer, soldier, astronomer and magnetic surveyor. Three pages, 8vo, good condition, date "1825" written in pencil. Text as follows: "Copies of my book have been ordered by the Board of Longitude to be sent to Members of the Board, and to Institutions, in different parts of the United Kingdom. Perhaps if the eleven copies, addressed as on the following page, are sent to you, you will have teh kindness to frank them to their several destinations. I shall call at the Admiralty myself with this note to spare you the trouble of writing an answer.

Autograph Postcard signed (surname difficult) to [Marin?]

Charles [Robert? Robel? etc] [ AMUNDSEN ]
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[Printed heading] Societe de Geographie . . . ., no date [1913]

Two sides of postcard, in French, in a difficult hand, probably sent in 1913, the year in which this French Societe awarded a medal to Amundsen (GRADE MÉDAILLE D'OR DES EXPLORATIONS - of the south), text clear and complete. He is discussing the arrangements for the visit of Amundsen, saying initially that they cannot be changed (date, hour, "sejour"). He refers to the receptions involving "les membres du gouvernement" ("sont ]prevues?] du 22 [jour?] de son arrivee . . . Peut-etre le 29 deviendra-t-il libre, maiscela depend ni de la Societe de Geo.

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