Arctic and Antarctic

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1292Coming Soon!DetailsDoncker, Hendrick1664
Antique nautical chart of Norway, Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Russia
Doncker, Hendrick
1664
$1,240.00Doncker--HendrickAntique-nautical-chart-of-Norway--Spitsbergen--Greenland--and-RussiaScarce copper-engraved sea chart of Spitsbergen, Norway and to the west, the largely unknown shores of Greenland. by cartographer Hedrick Doncker, Amsterdam. Coverage on this very attractive antique sea chart includes "Finnmarken" (Norway), "Lapland", "Nieu Groenlandt", Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard ("Spitsbergen"), "Nova Zemla", and Russia with Arkhangelsk ("Archangel"). Shows a longer coastline for Greenland than later editions of the same map by Doncker. Dated within to 1664. <br></br> Hendrick Doncker (1626-1699) was an Amsterdam printer, bookseller, and cartographer residing in the Nieuwe Bruchsteegh in Stuurmans Gereetschap.
1150Coming Soon!DetailsNarbrough, John1694
Early 17th century engraved whaling scene
Narbrough, John
1694
$300.00Narbrough--JohnEarly-17th-century-engraved-whaling-sceneEarly foldout engraved bookplate (1697) depicting a whaling scene to illustrate Friedrich Martens' observations on northern whaling. Attractive antique print shows multiple whaling ships and ships boats engaged in harpooning, fighting, and flensing whales. A fine gift. <br></br> The view lends insight into the methods used to hunt whales in the early 17th century in the whaling grounds of the far northern lattitudes like Greenland and the island of Spitsbergen, Norway. For example the ship at far right is shown tied off to an iceberg, a practice noted by Narbrough in the text. <div class="indenttextblock"> "When they sail some Miles into the Ice, where there is pretty large Ice-fields, they joyn their Ships to them with great Ice-hooks, fastned to strong Cables, where they lie at Anchor, several Ships about the same Ice-field, but they rather chose to be alone, because they are an hindrance to one another in Whale catching, and the hunting of them from one to another maketh them shie. (Online: http://darwin-online.org.uk/converted/Ancillary/BeagleLibrary/1694_Narborough_A813.html")</div> </br> Originally published in 1694 to accompany "The First Part of the Voyage into Spitsbergern and Greenland.", this record of recent voyages made by Sir John Narborough, Abel Tasman, John Wood and Friderich Martens. Narborough's journal records his voyage to the Straits of Magellan and his interest in the lands and peoples he encountered from 1669 to 1671. <br></br> This fine antique print illuminates Friedrich Martens' (1635 - 1699) observations on Spitsbergen and whaling in northern waters in 1671.
1157Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1744
Antique Greenland offshore whaling engraving
Anonymous
1744
$275.00AnonymousAntique-Greenland-offshore-whaling-engravingFine antique copper-plate engraving of the ships and boats engaged in the whaling process ca 1620. Illustrates John Monck's "Account of a Most Dangerous Voyage to Greenland" based on his voyage in 1619 and 1620. <br></br> Monck described the scene: <div class="indenttextblock"> "The manner of catching and killing of the whales is performed thus: As soon as they spy a whale either from the shore or ship they put out three chalops manned with six men each, among whom is one being called the Harpuner, is the person who is first to wound the whale with his harpun." [Note: A chalop or shallop is a light sailing boat mainly used as a fishing tender]. </div> </br> Originally published in 1619, this state is from Churchill's Collection of Voyages & Travel (1744) vol. I. Page 442.
1344Coming Soon!DetailsLuffman, John1802
Behrings Strait and Alaska engraved for Luffman's Select Plans
Luffman, John
1802
$280.00Luffman--JohnBehrings-Strait-and-Alaska-engraved-for-Luffman-s-Select-PlansScarce and attractive antique copper-plate engraved map of the Bering (Behring) Strait and Gulf of Alaska by John Luffman. This small but fine map extends past 70 degrees north latitude. The Bering Strait is a narrow body of water that links the Arctic Ocean with the Bering Sea and separates the continents of Asia and North America ( Alaska ) at their closest point. Some portions of the Alaska and Asia coasts not well explored at the time are shown with dotted lines, reflecting the uncertainty about their geography. <br></br> Key locations noted by Luffman include Bristol Bay, Cook River, Cape Prince of Wales, Cape Stephens, Cape Mulgrave, Cape Lisburn, Round Island, Norton Sound, and Trinity Island at the southern tip of the Kodiak Archipelago (not shown in its entirety). <br></br> Bering's strait averages 100 to 165 feet in depth and at its narrowest point is about 53 miles wide. About 20,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, the sea level fell by several hundred feet, making the strait into a land bridge between Asia and North America, over which the migration of plants and animals and humans occurred. <br></br> From "Luffman's Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbors, Forts etc. in the World". Engraved and published by John Luffman, No. 28 Little Bell Alley, Coleman Street, February, 1802. Volume II; Number 67. <br></br>
1192Coming Soon!DetailsManby, George William1823
Journal of a Voyage to Greenland, in the year 1821
Manby, George William
1823
$1,200.00Manby--George-WilliamJournal-of-a-Voyage-to-Greenland--in-the-year-1821An arctic whaling classic. Scarce second edition (1823) of this illustrated account of the whaling ship Baffin’s voyage with Captain Scoresby. The main purpose of the voyage was to test a new harpoon design by Scoresby. The voyage took them first to Spitzbergen, along the coast of Greenland, to Iceland and then home. <br></br> George Manby accompanied Captain Scoresby on the voyage into the northern Greenland Sea aboard the whaling ship Baffin. Manby creates a vivid picture of Arctic whaling as it was practiced during the early part of the 19th Century. Scoresby invented a harpoon gun and is also remembered for his life-saving apparatus. Numerous woodcuts in the text of whales, narwhal, and other arctic creatures. <br></br> With a fine hand-colored folding map "A General Map of the Polar Ice in the Greenland Sea and Track of the Ship Baffin in the Summer of 1821 by G.W. Manby (14" x 10"). Contains 20 uncolored lithographic plates illustrating the voyage. Five plates "Drawn on stone by J.D. Harding" are larger and folded: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Striking a Whale with Third Harpoon</li> <li>A Whale Upsetting a Boat</li> <li>Lancing a Whale</li> <li>A Bear Attacking A Boat</li> <li>A Boat Going on the Tail of a Fish</li> </ul> </div> In 1819 William Scoresby moved to Liverpool from Whitby where he built (1820) and commanded the whaling ship "Baffin". In 1822 Scoresby mapped the East coast of Greenland. The "Baffin" finally sank in 1830 when 19 out of 90 ships in the whaling fleet were lost in bad weather in the Davis Strait. Scoresby's plans, together with this scale model of his ship are in the Whitby Museum, Yorkshire, England.<a href="http://www.whitbymuseum.org.uk/hpmimages/index1.htm " target="_blank"> (Internet. 2016.)</a> <br></br> Printed for G. and W.B. Whittaker, Ave Maria Lane, London. 225 pages including an appendix illustrated with woodcuts of harpoons and lance heads.
385Coming Soon!DetailsParry, William Edward1824
Chart of a part of the North Eastern Coast of America [North]
Parry, William Edward
1824
$450.00Parry--William-EdwardChart-of-a-part-of-the-North-Eastern-Coast-of-America-[North]A large chart of the Melville Peninsula and its adjacent islands, including Amherst, Liddon, and Ormond Islands. The chart documents the expedition of the vessels Fury and Hecla from 1822-1823 led by William Edward Parry to find a Northwest passage to the Pacific. Contains the route of the expedition's ships with Cape Englefield and Cape Hallowell off the Fury and Hecla strait as the western-most point. <BR> </BR> Foldout steel engraving from: "Journal of a second voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the years 1821-22-23, in his Majesty's ships Fury and Hecla, under the orders of William Edward Parry, … ". Published by John Murray, Albemarle Street, London. January 6th, 1824.
386Coming Soon!DetailsParry, William Edward1824
Chart of the Northern Shore of Hudson's Strait
Parry, William Edward
1824
$400.00Parry--William-EdwardChart-of-the-Northern-Shore-of-Hudson-s-StraitA large chart of upper Hudson's Strait from Nottingham Island to Resolution Island. The chart documents the expedition of the vessels Fury and Hecla from 1821-1823 led by William Edward Parry to find a Northwest passage to the Pacific. During that expedition Parry explored Repulse Bay and discovered what is now Fury and Hecla Strait. Contains the route of the expedition's ships. <BR> </BR> Foldout steel engraving from: "Journal of a second voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the years 1821-22-23, in his Majesty's ships Fury and Hecla, under the orders of William Edward Parry, … ". Published by John Murray, Albemarle Street, London. January 6th, 1824.
387Coming Soon!DetailsParry, William Edward1824
Chart of a part of the North Eastern Coast of America [South]
Parry, William Edward
1824
$450.00Parry--William-EdwardChart-of-a-part-of-the-North-Eastern-Coast-of-America-[South]A large chart of Northeastern America with Repulse Bay as the Western-most point.. The chart documents the expedition of the vessels Fury and Hecla from 1821-1822-1823 led by William Edward Parry to find a Northwest passage to the Pacific. During that expedition Parry explored Repulse Bay and discovered what is now Fury and Hecla Strait. Other geographical features on this chart include Cape Frigid, Duke of York Bay, Frozen Strait, Gore Bay, Ross Bay, and Lyon Inlet. <BR> </BR> Foldout steel engraving from: "Journal of a second voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the years 1821-22-23, in his Majesty's ships Fury and Hecla, under the orders of William Edward Parry, … ". Published by John Murray, Albemarle Street, London. January 6th, 1824.