Polar Scenes Exhibited in the Voyages of Heemskirk and Barenz to the Northern Regions, and in the Adventures of Four Russian Sailors at the Island of Spitzbergen.

By: Campe, M. [Joachim Heinrich] [Translated from the German]

Price: $185.00

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Book Condition: Good


An early 16th century attempt to locate the Arctic Northwest passage from Europe to China. Joining Van Heemskerk was Commander Jan Rijp; Pilot Willem Barents and Historian Gerrit de Veer. Discoveries made on the voyage were Bear Island in the Barents Sea; and after sailing above 80 degrees N. Lat. Spitsbergen (now known as Svalbard), and was believed (incorrectly) to be a part of Greenland.


This exploration also for the first time successfully faced an Arctic winter.


The voyage stands in the first rank among the polar enterprises of the 16th century and led to a flourishing whale and seal fisheries which long enriched the Netherlands.


Bound in original quarter leather over illustrated boards, Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with rubs with a small loss on corners. Lacking front free endpage. Has the half-title page. 16mo; 6.625 inches tall. (1), 2-138, (2 adverts) pp. 36 wood engravings. Intended for a younger audience, illustrated with charming scenes of bears, whales, seals, and lots of ice. The narrative reads well without a great deal of obscure technical language. [Younger Audience had a different meaning in 1822 when students entered Yale at 13 - 15 years.]


Joachim Heinrich Campe (1746 - 1818) was a German writer, linguist, educator and publisher. He was a major representative of philanthropinism and the German Enlightenment.


REF: Arctic Bib. 2684; Howgego pre 1800; H45 (B22, 23) wiki

Title: Polar Scenes Exhibited in the Voyages of Heemskirk and Barenz to the Northern Regions, and in the Adventures of Four Russian Sailors at the Island of Spitzbergen.

Author Name: Campe, M. [Joachim Heinrich] [Translated from the German]

Categories: A. TRAVEL, GEOGRAPHY & EXPLORATION, 19th CENTURY: Literature and Works, Polar Exploration,

Publisher: J. Harris and Son, London: 1823

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: None Issued

Type: Book

Size: 16mo; 6.625 inches tall. (1), 2-138, (2 adverts) p

lb: 3.00 lb

Seller ID: 010879

Keywords: Arctic Exportation; 16 Century Exploration; Northwest Passage; Spitsbergen; Arctic Winter.,