This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...wait while the bottom of the Ruby was being uncovered I employed in engaging several Eskimo families. The men we needed, though experienced white men would have been as good if available; the women as seamstresses are priceless. Our field clothing is almost entirely made of the skins of seals and caribou and in ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...wait while the bottom of the Ruby was being uncovered I employed in engaging several Eskimo families. The men we needed, though experienced white men would have been as good if available; the women as seamstresses are priceless. Our field clothing is almost entirely made of the skins of seals and caribou and in securing these the best white hunters are usually better than the best Eskimos. But the preparation of the skins is tedious to any one but Eskimo women brought up to the idea that it is their proper work, while such skill as theirs with the needle is acquired only by years and generations of practice. All their needlework is excellent and their waterproof seams are probably the only really waterproof sewing in the world. Our bootmakers do not conceive that a seam may be in itself waterproof, and attain their ends by rubbing or soaking some sort of greese into the needleholes. Among the Eskimos no seam is considered passable unless it is waterproof without greasing. If a good seamstress sees you rubbing oil on boots she has made she is likely to become angry, considering it an insult to be suspected of a seam that needs grease to cover up deficiencies of workmanship. When a woman finishes the last seam of a waterboot she inflates it like a balloon, twists the mouth as the small boy does with a paper bag he is going to "bust," and waits for a few minutes to see if any air is escaping. She gives it a more severe test by applying steady pressure which multiplies the strain several times. Then she holds the seam to her cheek to detect the escape of air, or near a steady lamp or candle-flame to note the slightest flicker. Seamstresses such as these we need so badly that we are willing Two more posts have since been started, Fort Bacon on the sout...
Fair. No dust jacket. xxxi, 784 p. front., plates, ports., maps (part fold. ) 23 cm. Includes: Maps, Portraits, Plates. Boards worn with fraying corners and at head and tail of spine. Map at page 140 torn loose and is also creased and chipped. Picture at page 648 is loose with fore edge chipped and creased. Chip to pocket at back that holds two folded maps. Some page corners are bent or creased. Tanning. Book is unmarked and binding tight.
Very Good. Original blue cloth, stamped gilt lettering, xxxi + 784 pp, illustrated with black and white photographs + maps (all present, including the two in the rear pocket). Hardcover, very good, no dustjacket. Ex-library. Corners bumped, approximately 1/16th inch fraying at head and foot of spine, old bookseller's price (in pencil), otherwise, apart from library marks, tight, clean, paper crisp, unmarked and apparently never read. Travel; exploration; Eskimos.
Very good. Signed by previous owner. Binding tight, pages clean, cover corners modestly bumped. xxxi, 784 p. front., plates, ports., maps (part fold. ) 23 cm. Includes: Maps, Portraits, Plates. Sewn, cloth over boards Two folded maps in pocket.
Fair with no dust jacket. Xxxi, 784 pages, maps, cloth, ex-library with usual library markings, new backstrip, hinges repaired, lacks folding map in rear otherwise good copy. From the introduction by Sir Robert Laird Borden, Prime Minister, Prime Minister of Canada "under whom the expedition was carried out: Early in the winter of 1913 Vilhjalmur Stefansson approached the Canadian Government with the view of obtaining assistance for an expedition to the Arctic regions in or adjacent to northern Canada...The history and general results of the Expedition thus organized, extending over a period of more than five years, have been set forth by Mr. Stefansson in this volume."; 0 X 0 X 0 inches.
Very Good. No Jacket. Second printing, hardcover, two maps in rear pocket, light bumps to corners, small white spot to rear board, light bump to bottom edge with tiny tears to base of a few pages at gutter, one page dog-eared at bottom, gift inscription to front endpaper, otherwise solid and with clean text, a VG copy.
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