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Condition: An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dust wrapper. London : British Library, Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dust-wrapper. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered..

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Physical description; pages : illustrations, map, portraits, facsimiles ; 26 cm. Published: Condition: Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dust-wrapper.

Dangerous Work: Diary of an Artic Adventure. Doyle, Arthur Conan. First edition, first printing. Fine in fine dust jacket, in mylar cover.

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All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. He was comfortable with the captain, whom he admired greatly and in whose company he spent much time in this stratified community, and also with those below decks, enjoying their conviviality.

This was a formative experience for the young man.

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The total haul was a poor one for nearly six months at sea, just two whales, 3, seals, five polar bears, two narwhals, twelve elephant seals and miscellaneous seabirds. The descriptions of how these were obtained are not for the faint-hearted, as he nonchalantly describes harpooning whales and clubbing and shooting seals.

He exhibits little sentiment, happy to shoot rare seabirds with no thought of his impact on the survival of the species.

Nothing seemed sacred, and while he may have felt a twinge of remorse occasionally, it did not stay his hand, and he happily took part in the slaughter, priding himself on being a better shot than many of his shipmates. He was good at drawing, and frequently pasted his illustrations, some of which he later coloured, into the text.

Where they were folded over, the relevant pages have been reproduced twice, once with the picture folded to show the text, and once with it unfolded. In addition to the facsimile, they have supplied an annotated transcription, with footnotes elucidating the entries, both personal and relating to the whaling industry, and including the text of two letters he sent home while at sea amazing to think that any kind of postal service could operate in those latitudes.

This is topped and tailed with an introduction and afterword.

Book review: Dangerous Work: Diary Of An Arctic Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle

The former sets the scene for the trip, and sketches its course. Photographs and a map of the voyage complete an elegant and comprehensive volume. The journal would have been an interesting account whoever had written it, but naturally it gains extra interest coming from the pen that later gave us Sherlock Holmes.

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