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The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II   By: (1832-1901)

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The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A. E. (Adolf Erik) Nordenskiöld is a captivating and meticulously documented account of one of the most daring and groundbreaking Arctic expeditions in history. Published in 1881, this epic two-volume work narrates the extraordinary journey of the Swedish explorer through the treacherous waters of the Northeast Passage.

Nordenskiöld's writing exudes passion and enthusiasm for exploration, making it easy for readers to become engrossed in the narrative. The detail with which he describes the landscapes, wildlife, and indigenous peoples encountered during his expedition creates vivid imagery that transports the reader to the remote and awe-inspiring realms he ventured into.

Spanning over two years, the storyline in Volume I encompasses the departure from Karlskrona, Sweden, and the challenging voyage to the Siberian coast. The author's meticulous recording of geographical, geological, meteorological, and oceanographic observations provides invaluable scientific insight into the uncharted waters of the Arctic. Nordenskiöld's ability to combine scientific rigor with a compelling narrative style makes this book both educational and enjoyable for readers with varying interests.

In Volume II, Nordenskiöld delves further into Asia, exploring the vast expanses of Siberia, the Russian Far East, and making significant contributions to geographical knowledge along the way. He also chronicles his encounters with numerous indigenous communities and sheds light on their customs, traditions, and ways of life. His respect and admiration for these cultures are evident throughout the pages, and readers gain not only a sense of adventure but also a deeper understanding of the diversity of human experiences.

Apart from its engaging story, one of the most remarkable aspects of this work is Nordenskiöld's dedication to mapping previously uncharted regions of the Arctic. Throughout both volumes, he includes numerous maps and charts, charting new territory and providing invaluable resources for future explorers and navigators. This attention to detail highlights Nordenskiöld's commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and exploration.

While reading The Voyage of the Vega, readers may occasionally find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of technical information included. However, this should not deter them, as the underlying narrative is rich with drama, suspense, and adventure. Nordenskiöld's passion for exploration, combined with his competent writing style, ensures that readers will eventually find themselves immersed in the story.

Overall, The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe is an essential read for any enthusiast of Arctic exploration, scientific discovery, or 19th-century travel narratives. Nordenskiöld's comprehensive account of his expedition, accompanied by numerous illustrations and maps, provides an in-depth understanding of Arctic geography while also captivating readers with tales of bravery, discovery, and cultural encounters. Its enduring historical relevance and the author's unwavering dedication to knowledge make this two-volume work a classic in the genre of exploration literature.

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THE VOYAGE OF THE VEGA ROUND ASIA AND EUROPE. VOL. I.

[Illustration: OSCAR, II ]

THE VOYAGE OF THE VEGA ROUND ASIA AND EUROPE WITH A HISTORICAL REVIEW OF PREVIOUS JOURNEYS ALONG THE NORTH COAST OF THE OLD WORLD

BY A.E. NORDENSKIÖLD

TRANSLATED BY ALEXANDER LESLIE

WITH FIVE STEEL PORTRAITS, NUMEROUS MAPS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS

IN TWO VOLUMES VOL. I

London MACMILLAN AND CO. 1881

TO HIS MAJESTY KING OSCAR II. THE HIGH PROTECTOR OF THE VEGA EXPEDITION THIS SKETCH OF THE VOYAGE HE SO MAGNANIMOUSLY AND GENEROUSLY PROMOTED IS WITH THE DEEPEST GRATITUDE MOST HUMBLY DEDICATED

BY A.E. NORDENSKIÖLD.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE.

In the work now published I have, along with the sketch of the voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, of the natural conditions of the north coast of Siberia, of the animal and vegetable life prevailing there, and of the peoples with whom we came in contact in the course of our journey, endeavoured to give a review, as complete as space permitted, of previous exploratory voyages to the Asiatic Polar Sea. It would have been very ungrateful on my part if I had not referred at some length to our predecessors, who with indescribable struggles and difficulties and generally with the sacrifice of health and life paved the way along which we advanced, made possible the victory we achieved... Continue reading book >>




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