The Voyage Of The Vega Round Asia And Europe..
Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with gilt and red borders and map of Eurasia in central boss with route of the voyage. Some wear to extremities and edges of Vol. I with a little foxing and some later pages uncut; Vol. Ii is uncut throughout and hence a very clean interior; generally a very good set. Vol. I has embossed stamp on verso of first free endpaper and both vols. have small ex libris labels at lower edge of front pastedowns.
Macmillan and Co.,
With a historical review of previous journeys along the north coast of the old world. by a. e. nordenskiöld. translated by alexander leslie. with five steel portraits, numerous maps and illustrations. in two volumes.
TWO VOLUMES. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 8vo. 6.5 x 9.25 inches. Vol. 1, xv + [i] + 524 pp.; Vol. II, xvii + [iii] + 482 pp. +  pp. publisher's advertisements.
Illustrated by 5 portrait plates, including 2 portrait frontispieces, 11 folding lithographed maps and by 298 wood engravings in text, many full page. Decorated by endpiece vignettes.
A very detailed and copiously illustrated account of the Swedish Vega expedition to explore the Northeast Passage, setting out from Karlskrona in 1878 and sailing around the entire coast of Arctic Russia and Siberia to the Bering Strait, then circumnavigating Eurasia and returning to Stockholm in 1880. It relates the history of previous voyages of exploration and describes the life of the local peoples encountered and their tools and equipment. The final chapters relate the expedition's visits to countries visited on their return voyage, including Japan and Ceylon. Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832-1901), scientist and Arctic explorer, was born in Helsinki but forced to leave Finland for political reasons and settled in Sweden after 1857. His interest in early cartography is reflected in the fine set of lithographed maps included in these two volumes, which are a popular condensation of his original five volume report of the expedition published in Swedish.
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