In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times (Paperback)

In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times By Fridtjof Nansen, Arthur G. Chater (Translator) Cover Image
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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. The final part deals with the possible discovery of North America or Vinland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781108071680
ISBN-10: 1108071686
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: April 17th, 2014
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration