2 volumes. Large 8°, contemporary red quarter sheep over red cloth, spine with raised gilt bands in six compartments (slightly defective at head and foot of volume I, worn), patterned paper endleaves. Black-and-white photographic reproductions, wood engravings, and diagrams in text. Long tear (11 cm.) on largest folding map; shorter tears on 2 others. In very good condition. xv, (1), 421 pp., (1 blank l.), (1 blank page), table on 2 facing pages, (1 blank p.), with a folding plate of the Isla de Northbrook; 311, (1 blank) pp., table on 2 facing pages, (1 blank p.), with a folding plate and 4 colored maps [3 of them folding]. *** First Edition in Spanish of La ?Stella polare? nel mare Artico, 1899-1900, Milan, 1903, which was co-authored by the Duke of the Abruzzi, Umberto Cagni, and Pietro Achille Cavalli Molinelli. The expedition to the North Pole organized by Abruzzi set out in the spring of 1899. At Christiana (Oslo), Norway, he purchased a steam whaler that he renamed the Stella Polare, and set out with a crew of 20 for Archangel (Arkangel?sk). The company set up winter camp on Rudolf Island, whence Cagni set out by dog sled to the Pole, setting a new record by traveling 35-40 kilometers further than Nansen. The expedition returned to Norway at the end of 1900. The text includes extensive information about preparations, the trip north, Rodolf Island, the Estrella Polar's being trapped in ice, and Cagni's journey to the Pole. Cagni's account appears at I, 331-421, and Cavalli Molinelli's account at II, 197-283.Maps are included of the Arctic Ocean (as far south as the 70th parallel), with the expedition?s route in red; Cagni?s route to the North Pole; the Franz Josef Archipelago, with the expedition?s route; and the Bay of Teplitz on Rudolf Island. Within the text are 243 photographic reproductions, wood engravings, and diagrams.Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi (Madrid, 1873-Italian Somaliland, 1933), Italian explorer and mountaineer, was a member of the House of Savoy and son of King Amedeo of Spain (r. 1870-1873). Aside from the Arctic expedition described in these volumes, he headed expeditions to Mount Saint Elias (Alaska) and K2. During World War I, he was an admiral in the Italian navy.*** Howgego, 1850 to 1940, The Oceans, Islands and Polar Regions A2 (pp. 2-5): citing the Italian edition, Milan, 1903, and a German translation of 1904. Palau 283872 (s.v. "Saboya"): calling for "421 = 307 p. 243 grabs. 2 panoramas, 3 mapas, 1 plano." Not located in Copac. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: La "Estrella Polar" en el Mar Artico 1899-...
Publisher: Barcelona, Casa Editorial Maucci; Buenos Aires, Maucci Hermanos; México: Maucci Hermanos, 1903.
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