Fridtjof Nanse (Oct 10, 1861 - May 13, 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth a champion skier and ice skater, he led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, and won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86 degrees 14' during his North Pole expedition of 1893-96. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
In this 2 volume set of books, Nansen tells his story to reach the geographical North pole by harnessing the natural east-west current of the Arctic Ocean. In the face of much discouragement from the other polar explorers, he took his ship "Fram" to the New Siberian Islands in the eastern Arctic Ocean, froze her into the pack ice, and waited for the drift to carry her towards the pole. Impatient with the slow speed and erratic character of the drift, after 18 months Nansen and a chosen companion, Hjalmar Johansen, left the ship with a team of dogs and sledges and made for the pole. They did not reach it, but they achieved a record Farthest North latitude.
This set of books is covered in dark blue cloth with gold lettering. the bindings are good with no loose pages. The original owners name is on the inside cover. Vol. 1 has 351 pages plus an 8 page catalog and Vol. 2 has 471 pages. Published by Macmillan and Co., Ltd London - 1897.