No Man’s Land: A History of Spitsbergen from its Discovery in 1596 to the Beginning of the Scientific Exploration of the Country.

A general history of the archipelago, based on Conway’s studies and his earlier visits. Although he reviews a number of books in preparation for his manuscript, he does not here reveal the thoughtful reader who appears in his earlier narratves

p. vii-viii: Let me then first appeal to reviewers and all readers alike henceforward to spell the name of the country correctly. Spitsbergen is the only correct spelling; Spitzbergen is a relatively modern blunder. The name is Dutch, not German. The second ‘s’ asserts and commemorates the nationality of the discoverer.

In publishing this volume I am at length fulfilling a pledge given nine years ago in the book describing my first Spitsbergen journey of 1896. The preliminary studies made for that and for my second journey in the far North provided me with a considerable amount of unpublished materials for Arctic History which it seemed proper to bring together in a form convenient for reference. The story of Spitsbergen exploration, like any other matter into which a student is led to make research, presently began to prove attractive, so that I was led on to treat as matter for serious historical investigation what was begun as the by-play of an explorer’s preparatory studies.

p. 287: In 1820 Scoresby published, at Edinburgh, the result of his life’s observations in two volumes, entitled An Account of the Arctic Regions—a classical work which is still well worth reading, and might be republished with success nowadays, omitting portions that are out of date. In this book he brought together his deductions from his own observations, corrected by whatever he had been able to read of the work of others. He in fact summed up the Arctic knowledge of his day and laid a firm foundation for future advance.

Fram. The Books of the Fram, as exhibited at the Fram Museum, Oslo, 2015.

Books from the library on the Fram (1910 – 14)

– Åge Meyer: Et folk, der vaagner

– Palle Rosenkrantz: Kongelig Elskov, Anna Boleyn

– Palle Rosenkrantz: Bent Bille

– Carl Kohl: Babel

– H.F. Ewald: Bondebruden

– Knud Hjortø: To verdener

– Herman Bang: Liv og død

– Sten Drewsen: Rødt eller sort

– Jacob B Bull: Kong Kristjern Tyran

– Harald Kidde: Aaage og Else – døden

– Harald Kidde: Aaage og Else – livet

– Zakarias Bielsen: Gamle vaner

– Herman Bang – Ravnene

– Karl Gjellerup: Ti kroner

– M. Goldschmidt: Fortællinger og virkelighetsbilleder

– Holger Drachmann: Med kul og kridt, dighte 1872

– Troels Lund: Christian den fjerdes skib paa Skanderborg Sø I & II

– Albert Gnudtzmann: En særlings roman

– Vilhelm Bergsøe: Henrik Ibsen paa Ischia og Fra Piazza del Popolo

– Aage Barfoed: Skytten

– Johan Skjoldborg: Kragehuset

– Carl Ewald: Mogens Heinesen

– Walter Christmas: Frits Banner

– Edward Blaumuller: Manddom

– Laurids Bruun: Den evige – og lyset tændtes

– Laurids Bruun: Den evige – spiring og vekst

– Laurids Bruun: Den evige – de klare øjne

– Laurids Bruun: Den evige – hjærternes møde

– Laurids Bruun: Den sidste fribonde

– John Paulsen: Enkens søn

– Poul Levin: Den døde by

– M. Andersen Nexø: Familien Frank

– St. St. Blicher: Telle og andre noveller

– St. St. Blicher: Herregaardshistorier

– Johan Skjoldborg: Bjærregaarden