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  • PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THIS SITE – OUR STOCK IS ROTATED ON A REGULAR BASIS

    Want a specific Arctic or Antarctic Book? If you can’t see a book listed, let us know. We may well have a copy and just have not got round to listing it. Also if you want a copy in better or worse condition that that shown also email us, we may have one, this is particularly important if you are not bothered with first editions.

    We have rare antiquarian and secondhand books, scientific papers, reports, photographs and other ephemera on Antarctica, the Arctic, polar travel, history, exploration and whaling for sale through this web site. Whether you are interested in Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Nansen, Peary, Byrd, Franklin, Cook, Wilson, Oates, Borchgrevink, Charcot, Filchner, McClure, Greely, Parry or Ross, other explorers or whalers we have books on them or written by them. We have books on Greenland and Iceland, the peoples, flora and fauna that occupy the lands such as the Eskimos, Inuit and Indians of America. Books and scientific reports available on the wildlife, geology, geography, meteorology, penguins, seals, walrus, polar bear and other fauna and flora. If you are looking for scarce book you could find it here. We also have antique and later books on other subjects and will try and put these on the website as soon as we can.

    Polar Books are based in North Wales, UK and is run by Neil Marsden and Maggie Russell. Neil worked for the British Antarctic Survey in the mid 1960s and over-wintered in Antarctica for two years. When he returned to civilization he really got interested in everything to do with polar history and started collecting books on whaling, explorers, mountaineering and polar exploration generally.

    His initial intention was to work part-time as a surveyor and part-time as a book dealer specialising in polar exploration. Things did not go to plan, ending up working full-time as a surveyor. In the 1990s he returned to Antarctica as a zodiac driver and lecturer on polar history on cruise ships.

    Over the intervening years he amassed a very good collection of Antarctic and also a sizable stock of Arctic material and it is only now in 2010 we have finally got round to selling much of the stock that he has collected over the years. We hope that you will browse through our catalogue and that you will find one or more items that will give you as much pleasure as Neil has had from collecting and we both have from reading them over the years.

    As the site develops we will be adding more titles and general articles.

    Click on the “full details” tab for more information or more pictures of a particular title.  If you need more information prior to putting in an order please let us know. We can be contacted on sales@polarbooks.net

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