The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818 - 1909 -by Pierre Berton -a Signed Copy

By: Berton, Pierre (signed)

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-----------hardcover, a Fine copy in a Fine dustjacket, looks new, signed by BERTON in the year of publication "To L__ Pierre Berton Merry Christmas '88", 617 pages, b&w illustrations, contents include: ONE: 1. John Barrow's obsession; 2. The Croker Mountains; 3. Winter Harbour; 4. Fame, fortune, and frustration; 5. Innuee and kabloonas; –TWO: 1. Franklin's Folly; 2. Miss Porden's core of steel; 3. Fury Beach; 4. The silken flag; 5. Treadmill to the Pole; THREE: 1. Endless winter; 2. The indomitable Jane; 3. Enter the Honourable Company; 4. Prison warden; 5. A matter of honour; 6. The Arctic puzzle; FOUR: 1. The lost ships; 2. Arctic Fever; 3. The American presence; 4. The crusaders; 5. The dutiful warmth of a son; FIVE: 1. Grasping at straws; 2. "A French officer will never hang back"; 3. The ambitions of Robert McClure; 4. The Passage at last; 5. Mercy Bay; SIX: 1. The spirit rappers; 2. Searching for the searchers; 3. The blue devils; 4. Ships abandoned; 5. Relics of the lost; SEVEN: 1. The defectors; 2. Kalutunah; 3. Retreat; 4. The high cost of dawdling; 5. The polar idol; EIGHT: 1. A "weak and helpless woman"; 2. The cruise of the Fox; 3. the document at Victory Point; 4. Failed heroes; 5. The ultimate accolade; NINE: 1. The obsession of Charles Francis Hall; 2. The Open Polar Sea; 3. Frobisher Bay; 4. Execution; 5. Death by arsenic; 6. George Tyson's remarkable drift; TEN: 1. "The navy needs some action"; 2. The seeds of scurvy; 3. The scapegoat; ELEVEN: 1. The polar virus; 2. Abandoned; 3. No turning back; 4. Starvation winter; 5. The eleventh hour; TWELVE: 1. Nansen's drift; 2. Andrée's folly; 3. Peary's obsession; 4. Amundsen's triumph; THIRTEEN: 1. Nearest the Pole; 2. "Mine at last!"; 3. Dr. Cook's strange odyssey; 4. Cook versus Peary; 5. The end of the quest; AFTERWORD: The chart of immortality; Author's Note;Chronology; Bibliography; Index; -----"Scores of nineteenth-century expeditions battled savage cold, relentless ice and winter darkness in pursuit of two great prizes: the quest for the elusive Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific and the international race to reach the North Pole. Pierre Berton's #1 best-selling book brings to life the great explorers: the pious and ambitious Edward Parry, the flawed hero John Franklin, ruthless Robert Peary and the cool Norwegian Roald Amundsen. He also credits the Inuit, whose tracking and hunting skills saved the lives of the adventurers and their men countless times. These quests are peopled with remarkable figures full of passion and eccentricity. They include Charles Hall, an obscure printer who abandoned family and business to head to a frozen world of which he knew nothing; John Ross, whose naval career ended when he spotted a range of mountains that didn't exist; Frederick Cook, who faked reaching the North Pole; and Jane Franklin, who forced an expensive search for her missing husband upon a reluctant British government. Pierre Berton, who won his first Governor General's award for The Mysterious North, here again gives us an important and fascinating history that reads like a novel as he examines the historic events of the golden age of Arctic exploration."-----, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///SIGNED///

Title: The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818 - 1909 -by Pierre Berton -a Signed Copy

Author Name: Berton, Pierre (signed)

Illustrator: Walter Steffoff Cover Design

Categories: Canadian History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart ( M&S ), 1988, 1st edition, First Printing: 1988

ISBN Number: 0771012667

ISBN Number 13: 9780771012662

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Fine (see description)

Inscription: Signed (see description)

Seller ID: 162098

Keywords: Berton, Pierre, The Secret World of Og, Patsy Berton