The First Crossing of Spitsbergen: Being an Account of an Inland Journey of Exploration and Survey, with Descriptions of 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

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J.M. Dent & Company, 1897 - Spitsbergen - 371 pages

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Page 278 - Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death, A universe of death, which God by curse Created evil, for evil only good, Where all life dies, death lives, and nature breeds, Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, Abominable, inutterable, and worse Than fables yet have feigned, or fear conceived, Gorgons and hydras, and chimeras dire.
Page 270 - These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced Like change on sea and land, sideral blast, Vapour, and mist, and exhalation hot Corrupt and pestilent. Now, from the north Of Norumbega, and the Samoed shore, Bursting their brazen dungeon, armed with ice, And snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw...
Page 11 - ), Mr. A. Trevor-Battye, and Mr. EJ Garwood, each of whom contributes a special chapter to the present work. The results of the venture in some respects surpassed, in others fell short of, expectations. The party crossed overland from Advent Bay (their base of operations) to Klok Bay, from Klok Bay to Sassen Bay, and from Sassen to Agardh Bay, on the east coast, and back to Advent Bay. Thirteen mountain ascents were made. A sketch survey of a specimen area of about six hundred square miles in the...
Page 314 - Oceanus. There is the land and the city of the Cimmerians, shrouded in mist and cloud, and never does the shining sun look down on them with his rays, neither when he climbs up the starry heavens, nor when again he turns earthward from the firmament, but deadly night is outspread over miserable mortals.
Page 123 - Oxyria reniformis, and a number of other plants not yet in flower, besides the mosses. It was strange to meet again in this remote region so many plants that I had found by the glaciers and amongst the crags of the Karakoram-Himalaya.
Page 123 - A veritable Arctic garden surrounded the tents, for the ground was gay with blossom. There were large patches of Saxifraga oppositifolia scattered about like crimson rugs. Dryas octopetala and the Arctic poppy were as common as buttercups and daisies in an English meadow.
Page 225 - ... see the like of that! A common beggar, a travelling man off the roads, to be holding the child! To be leaving his ragged arms about him as if he was of his own sort! Get out of that, whoever you are, and quit this house or I'll call to some that will make you quit it. CHILD. Do not send him out! He is not a bad man; he is a good man; he was playing horses with me. He has grand songs. MOTHER. Let him get away out of this now, himself and his share of songs. Look at the way he has your bib destroyed...
Page 11 - We brought home a sketch survey of an area of about 600 square miles in the heart of the interesting middle belt of the country, besides a more rapid outline survey of the hills on either side of Wijde Bay.
Page 250 - ... years ago, is now filled by the advancing glacier. More than half of the island is also overspread. Without moraine, without dirt or discoloration, the glacier is pouring over it, and great seracs lie there, separated only, or barely separated, from the flowers and the grasses by the clear stream their drip has formed.
Page 11 - ... addition to the main cross-country expedition, a subsidiary one was made in the little touring steamer " Exprès," chartered for the purpose, round the coasts of Spitsbergen. The main island was (the condition of the ice proving exceptionally favorable) nearly circumnavigated, this trip thus forming the most complete voyage of reconnaissance ever accomplished in a single season. Almost all the great fjords that penetrate Spitsbergen were entered to their heads. The west, north, and south coasts...

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