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In Northern Mists

In Northern Mists
Arctic Exploration in Early Times
2 Volume Set

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration

  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108071703

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  • Accounts of the earliest exploration of the Arctic are scattered through many literatures. In writing this work, reissued here in the two-volume English translation of 1911, the celebrated Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930) returned to many of the original sources. Calling on others to help him interpret texts in several languages, Nansen begins his account with the first mentions of the Arctic in Greek literature and ends with voyages of the sixteenth century. He notably questions some of the traditional history based on Norse sagas. Each volume contains lengthy quotations from little-known documents, making much valuable information accessible to non-specialists. Volume 1 begins in antiquity and, after presenting maps and legends of the Middle Ages, turns to the voyages of the Norsemen to Iceland and Greenland. Volume 2 continues from the discovery of North America to the decline of the settlements in Greenland. Nansen closes with the discoveries made by Cabot and the Portuguese.

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    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108071703
    • length: 828 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • contains: 173 b/w illus. 2 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Introduction
    1. Antiquity, before Pytheas
    2. Pytheas of Massalia: the voyage to Thule
    3. Antiquity, after Pytheas
    4. The early middle ages
    5. The awakening of medieval knowledge of the north
    6. Finns, Skridfinns, and the first settlement of Scandinavia
    7. The voyages of the Norsemen: discovery of Iceland and Greenland
    8. Voyages to the uninhabited parts of Greenland in the middle ages
    9. Wineland the Good, the Fortunate Isles, and the discovery of America. Volume 2:
    9. Wineland the Good, the Fortunate Isles, and the discovery of America (cont.)
    10. Eskimo and Skraeling
    11. The decline of the Norse settlements in Greenland
    12. Expeditions of the Norwegians to the White Sea, voyages in the polar sea, whaling and sealing
    13. The north in maps and geographical works of the middle ages
    14. John Cabot and the English discovery of North America
    15. The Portuguese discoveries in the north-west
    Conclusion
    List of the more important works referred to
    Index.

  • Author

    Fridtjof Nansen

    Translator

    Arthur G. Chater

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