CONWAY, Sir William Martin. The First Crossing of Spitsbergen. Being an Account of an Inland Journey of Exploration and Survey, with Descriptions os several Mountain Ascents, of Boat Expeditions in Ice Fjord, of a Voyage to North-East-Land, the Seven Islands, down Hinloopen Strait, nearly to Wiches Land, and into most of the Fjords of Spitsbergen, and of an almost complete circumnavigation of the Main Island, London, J.M. Dent & Co., 1897.
Royal 8vo. Original publisher's two-tone cloth, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, remainder uncut; pp. xii, 371, 8 colour plates, 2 maps (coloured and folding), 99 photographic illustrations, (some after drawings by Conway); a little rubbed, spotting to and offsetting from one map, as well as from endpapers, otherwise a good copy.
First edition. An account of exploration during the summer of 1896, the author's first visit to West Spitsbergen (a second was made in the following year). In all, the party made 13 mountain ascents, produced a survey sketch of c. 600 square miles of the central region, nearly completed a circumnavigation of the main island, and put together valuable geological and natural history collections.
Neate C105; Arctic Bibliography 3378.