Polar books, and more books

by ABCCmain on June 29, 2015

Once you’re in the polar frame of mind there’s enough books to reach eternity (or the South to North Pole and back) and still have many to read. Here’s a little sampling from the top of the world to the bottom. I love the fonts on some of them and the handmade ones too (including with caribou skin slipcover).

Antarctica: No single country, no single sea by Creina Bond & Roy Siegfried; Illustrated by Peter Johnson 1979



Life on the Line: People of the Arctic Circle Hardcover – 2014 Hugh Brody (Author), Cristian Barnett (Illustrator, Photographer),


No 9. Greenland (Adventure Journals) Paperback – January 28, 2014

My Arctic Journal, by Josephine Peary "The first woman arctic explorer, Josephine Peary, wrote her journal during the 1891–1892 Greenland expedition. Today it is a classic in arctic literature."

Not your usual Icelandic fishing Book. Arctic Fishing Book Sculpture by wetcanvas. "Something made for a contest on DA. I wasn't going to make anything but I managed to get to my favorite second-hand shop today and the shopkeeper, who knows to keep books for me, pulls out a copy of "The Icelandic Fisherman". It was close enough to what I needed to make, so here we are."

The Worst Journey in The World, Apsley Cherry-Garard, Volumes 1 and 2 1910-1913. It won National Geo best adventure book

Emil Schulthess. This photo-documentary book provides an uncommonly artful portrait of Antarctica and U.S. polar research in the late 1950s.

The Antarctic Petrel. This expedition publication was apparently produced aboard the Nimrod on the way from Britain to the Antarctic circa 1907. It consists of two volumes with illustrated covers, as shown. Two volumes—No. 1 and No. 2—were issued in single made-up copies. These now reside in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand. http://www.antarctic-circle.org/

The Norwegian Polar Institute's Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard Editor Winfried Dallmann 2015, 170 #maps, 400+ photos

Antarctica as Cultural Critique The Gendered Politics of Scientific Exploration and Climate Change by Elena Glasberg

Graphic Arts of the Inuit: Kenojuak 1981 caribou hide in slipcase by Jean Blodgett The Mintmark Press limited edition

The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle, Sara Wheeler, 2011

Edward Wilson, painter, physician d 1912

Antarctic maps: imagined, not appearing and appearing

by ABCCmain on June 01, 2015

while preparing my paper and prototype map for the Scientific Conference on Antarctic Research Humanities meeting I came across these and many more Antarctic maps, here’s a little trip through few from the ages from across nations. From unknown, uninhabited to inhabited, to satellite produced warming red flags and modern journalistic maps.

Ptolemy Map 2nd century AD, drawn in 1400s

1572 Ortelius

Chinese map 1604

Map 1795 James Cook 1800s pas d'Antartique, “There may be a Continent or large tract of land near the Pole, I will not deny," James Cook, 5 Feb 1775

Colton Map of Antarctica or the South Pole 1872

German Antarctic map 1912

early 20th century presumed South American map of Antarctica

Argentinean map - land 'claim'


Antarctic ice shelves

Research Stations Dronning Maud Land

Elise Engler McMurdo Station