Washington DC: Goverment Printing Office, 1899. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Original pebble grain royal blue cloth, lettered in gilt to the spine. Illustrated throughout with photographs. Large full color fold-out map laid in at the rear. A signature standing proud. A very bright and lovely copy in all respects. This book tells the harrowing tale of a rescue mission well above the Arctic Circle to rescue eight whaling vessels. This volume comes from the collection of acclaimed aviator, sailer, and adventurer, Steve Fossett. After his untimely death in 2007, his vast collection of travel and exploration books was placed at auction. This volume has Steve Fossett's book-plate on the front paste-down.