A Real Bargain

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A Real Bargain

Postby meerkat » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:53 pm

In my charity shop I was given a book to throw to the book mashing people (horrors). It was in Scandawegia so I got given it. I know it is Norwegian, the book is silk lined and the silk lining inside is pristine but the pages have the occasional damp spots. Then I had to decide what it was about:

Three clues:
1897
Norwegian
Picture of ship on front

There was a lovely plate photgraph of a boat crew and I am placing the names to the crew and get to the Captain.......Amundson! Turns out it is the story of the Norwegian race to the pole. "Or Fram over polhavet!" Travel; over the polar land (I think, 'cos I do not have a large dictionary).

Spent two lovely hours trasnslating the introduction paragraph. It says how pleased they were to get to the pole first but regret the sorrow that they felt on beating Scott.

I now posess this book, try prising it away with your cold dead hands...... and I intend to spend some time with a better Norwegian dictionary so I can read it.

Could be a long job.
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby pip » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:14 pm

Sounds like a very fulfilling project :D
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:50 pm

Oh wow! That sounds really Interesting. :D
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:54 pm

I'm not sure if any of these are the book - but Project Gutenberg has several books by Amundsen - and translations into English. It might save you some time in translating. :D
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:11 am

In the dealers room at the Con I picked up The Long War 1st edition for £5. :mrgreen: and there were give aways out in the fan area copies of the new Gollancz Disworld books but I was not quick enough to get one anytime they were put out.
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby phalarope » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:04 pm

There is a special place in Heaven for people who rescue books!
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby Penfold » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:54 am

That sounds like a very interesting project Meer. :D
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby The Mad Collector » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:52 pm

Meer, that sounds like the first edition of Fridtjof Nansen's Furthest North one of the rarest polar books in the original Norwegian. You are the wrong end of the world though as it deals with the north rather than the south pole. I have the first edition of the English translation and paid well over £100 for it, the Norwegian first edition is worth several hundreds.

1897 is before Amundson and Scott raced for the South Pole, but Amundson was on Nansens crew for the 1890's trip ;)
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby SerSiward » Tue May 06, 2014 9:46 pm

Sounds really cool Meers! :D
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Re: A Real Bargain

Postby Ghost » Wed May 07, 2014 9:08 am

SerSiward wrote:Sounds really cool Meers! :D

pun intended?
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