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The Lands of Silence A History of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration

By: Sir Clements R Markham(Author), FHH Guillemard(Editor)
612 pages, 34 b/w illustrations, 18 b/w maps
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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Sir Clements R. Markham (1830–1916) had succumbed to smoke after accidentally igniting his bedclothes while reading by candlelight; the task of completing this history therefore fell to his friend and fellow geographer F. H. H. Guillemard (1852–1933), who published it in 1921. In the course of his long career, Markham had sailed to the Arctic in search of Sir John Franklin, jeopardised his job in the India Office by joining the British attempt to reach the North Pole in 1875–6, and served as president of the Royal Geographical Society, sending Robert Falcon Scott on his first expedition to Antarctica. His extensive knowledge of the prominent polar explorers and expeditions of his day lends The Lands of Silence an especial interest and authority. Enhanced by a number of maps and illustrations, The Lands of Silence also considers certain scientific and economic developments, notably the growth of the whaling industry.



Part I
1. The Arctic regions
2. Ice and icebergs
3. Tribes around the pole
4. Ultima Thule
5. First crossing of the threshold
6. The Norsemen in Greenland
7. Nicholas of Lynn – Zeno – medieval nautical instruments
8. First English voyages to the north-east – Willoughby – Chancellor Burroughs – Pet
9. Barentsz – Linschoten – De Veer
10. Sir Martin Frobisher
11. John Davis
12. The merchant adventurers and Richard Hakluyt
13. Greenland voyage of Hall and Baffin
14. Early Spitsbergen voyages
15. Early voyages to Hudson's Bay
16. William Baffin
17. Jens Eriksen Munk – Foxe and James – Wood
18. Hans Egede and Danish Greenland
19. The Hudson's Bay Company – Hearne and Mackenzie – Cook and Phipps
20. Russian Arctic discoveries
21. The British whale fishery and the Scoresbys
22. Buchan and Ross
23. Parry and his school
24. Discovery of the north coast of America – Franklin – Richardson – Back – Dease – Simpson – Rae
25. John Ross, James Ross, and the north magnetic pole
26. The Franklin expedition
27. The search for Franklin I
28. The search for Franklin II
29. Discovery of the fate of Franklin
30. The east coast of Greenland – Scoresby – Clavering – Graah – Koldewey
31. Spitsbergen – expeditions before 1872
32. Franz Josef Land and its explorers
33. The route by Smith Sound – Kane – Hayes – Hall – Nares – Markham
34. Sir Allen Youn and the Pandora – Amundsen and the North West Passage
35. Weyprecht's plan for synchronous observations – The Greely expedition
36. The North East Passage – Nordenskiöld – Wiggins – De Long
37. Greenland and its inland ice – Nordenskiöld, Nansen, Peary
38. The trans-polar drift – Nansen and the voyage of the Fram
39. The Parry archipelago – Sverdrup
40. Attempts to reach the north pole – Cagni – Cook – Peary
41. Koolemans Beynen and the voyages of the Willem Barentsz – Sir Martin Conway and Spitsbergen – Captain Bernier and Canadian Arctic lands
42. East coast of Greenland – Danish expeditions
43. Later Greenland explorations – Mikkelsen – Rasmussen – Koch
44. Conclusion

Part II
45. The great southern continent
46. Captain Cook – Bellingshausen
47. The South Shetlands – Foster – Weddell
48. Enderby and his captains: Biscoe – Kempe – Balleny
49. Dumont D'Urville and Wilkes
50. First Antarctic voyage of Sir James Ross
51. Second Antarctic voyage
52. Third Antarctic voyage of Sir James Ross
53. Antarctic oceanography
54. Revival of Antarctic exploration
55. Private expeditions – Borchgrevink – Gerlache – Nordenskiöld – Bruce – Drygalksi – Charcot – Filchner
56. Preparations for the Societies' Antarctic expedition
57. The Societies' Antarctic expedition – first year
58. The Societies' Antarctic expedition – the Morning
59. The Societies' Antarctic expedition – second year
60. Shackleton's attempt to reach the pole
61. Amundsen's journey to the south pole
62. Mawson's expedition
63. Captain Scott's last expedition
64. Captain Scott's last expedition – the end
65. Remaining Antarctic work

Chronology of polar voyages and explorations
Brief bibliography of polar voyages and travels

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By: Sir Clements R Markham(Author), FHH Guillemard(Editor)
612 pages, 34 b/w illustrations, 18 b/w maps
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