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Storms, Ice, and Whales: The Antarctic…

Storms, Ice, and Whales: The Antarctic Adventures of a Dutch Artist on a…

by Willem van der Does

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At once adventure story and natural history, van der Does's tale is alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of his exploits, as well as the powerful range of emotions he experienced during this epic trip. The first Dutchman ever to set foot in Antarctica, van der Does grippingly captures all the excitement, fascination, and fear generated by life in the coldest place on earth. His travelogue chronicles an amazing range of adventures, from the harpooning and processing of whales at sea to a ski trip atop the forbidding Ross Ice Shelf, and he renders much of what he saw in distinctive pen-and-ink illustrations. First published in the Dutch East Indies in 1934 and later in the Netherlands, this historical gem is now available in English for the very first time. The book has been expertly translated by Ruth van Baak Griffioen, who also contributes a new preface with personal anecdotes about van der Does's life and the history of his book. Storms, Ice, and Whales is an entertaining, vividly realistic memoir and visual journal of whaling life that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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