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1 FRANCIS, Daniel Arctic and Northern Life Series Arctic Chase : A History of Whaling in Canada's North. First Edition, paperback
Breakwater , St. John's, 1984, ISBN:0919519466 1984 
FRANCIS, Daniel. Arctic Chase : A History of Whaling in Canada's North. [St. John's, NL] : Breakwater Books Ltd., (1984). First Edition. Pp (6),i-v,(1),1-117,(7, bibliography),(8) + 16-page section of b&w photos and reproductions of prints. Map in text. 8vo, yellow card covers.

"A Breakwater book in the Arctic and Northern Life Series."

"The whale 'fishery' flourished along Canada's three coastlines for a hundred years. It was an industry in the grand tradition of Canadian resource industries - uncontrolled, rapacious, and foreign-owned. Heedless of conservation, the arctic whalers succeeded in driving a precious natural resource to the very brink of extinction. Heedless of anthropology, they recklessly undermined the foundations of traditional Inuit culture. Heedless of national sovereignty, they inadvertently raised the delicate question of who actually owned the arctic territory. Their experience in many ways foreshadows our modern concerns about oil and gas exploration 'North of Sixty.' Their story is the subject of this book. The whale pursued in the treacherous waters of the Canadian Arctic was the bowhead. An average bowhead could be divested of as much as seven hundred pieces of baleen, the springy elastic material so much in demand for buggy whips, crinolines, and other such necessities. It would also render into several hundred barrels of whale oil to light the streets and homes of Europe. Arctic whaling, then, could, and often did, provide vast profits. It, in fact. attracted more ships, employed more men, and produced greater profits than whaling anywhere else on the continent. It also produced bankruptcies and tragedies; torturous deaths and miraculous escapes.

"Dan Francis has written a truly riveting history of the whale hunt in both the eastern and the western Arctic. Using first-hand accounts -- the logs of the ships and the diaries of the seamen -- [the author] has successed in painting a puicture of everyday life on a whaler. The seasickness, the fear, the interminable boredom as the seamen waited for a sighting, the excitement that followed the cry 'There she blows', the thrill of the chase, the tedium and sheer hardwork of flensing and rendering the whale, the low pay, the bad diet; all co me to life in these pages." - from the rear cover.

Chapters [unnumbered in the book] are :
1. The Voyage Out;
2. In Pursuit of Wealth;
3. Yankee Whalers in Hudson Bay;
4. Whaling in the "Forbidden Sea";
5. The North Transformed;
6. Conclusion.
With notes and bibliography.

Very good. 15.00


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2 FRANCIS, Daniel Discovery of the North : The Exploration of Canada's Arctic. First Edition in dustjacket
Hurtig, Edmonton, 1986, ISBN:0888302800 
FRANCIS, Daniel. Discovery of the North : The Exploration of Canada's Arctic. Edmonton : Hurtig Publishers, (1986). First Edition. Pp. (7),8-224. Illustrated. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Cassell 716. "This is the fascinating story of the golden age of arctic exploration, from Martin Frobisher in the sixteenth century to the controversial Vilhjalmur Stefansson in the early twentieth. It is a remarkable story of high adventure, of heroic feats of courage and endurance as well as dark episodes of murder and cannibalism. Martin Frobisher, who stood on Baffin Island and thought he was in China; Arthur Dobbs, who sought a northwest passage in the most improbable places; Samuel Hearne, who was forced to participate in an Indian-Inuit battle; John Franklin, whose doomed men took silk handkerchiefs and monogrammed silver on their death march; Thomas Simpson, who may have been driven mad by his arctic obsession; Charles Francis Hall, who was probably murdered because of his; Roald Amundsen, who went on an 800-km sled trip in an arctic winter in order to send a telegram. These are just a few of the 'discovery men' whose often incredible exploits are told in this book." - from the dust jacket. Contents: 1. The First Voyages; 2. Seeking the Hudson Bay Passage; 3. Overland to the Arctic; 4. The Royal Navy in the North; 5. The Ordeal of John Ross; 6. Completing the Coastline; 7. Lost and Found: The Search for Franklin; 8. Search for the Pole; 9. The Scandinavians; 10. Canada Claims the Arctic. Very good in price-clipped dust jacket. 20.00

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3 FRANCIS, Daniel History of World Whaling. 1st Cdn in dj
Viking, Markham, ON, 1990, ISBN:067082447x 
FRANCIS, Daniel. A History of World Whaling. (Markham, Ont.) : Viking, (1990). First Printing. Pp 288. Illustrated. 8vo, orange-brown cloth. Vg in dj.25.00

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4 FRANCIS, Daniel. MORANTZ, Toby. Partners in Furs : A History of the Fur Trade in Eastern James Bay, 1600-1780
McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 1989, ISBN:0773503862 
FRANCIS, Daniel and Toby MORANTZ. Partners in Furs : A History of the Fur Trade in Eastern James Bay, 1600-1780. Kingston, ON and Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, (1989). Later printing. Pp. (8),[ix]-xiii,(7),[1]- 203,(1). Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated yellow card covers with black lettering to front cover and spine. Cassell 715 for hardcover edition. Contents: I) The Land and the People: An Introduction ; II) Strangers Encroach James Bay ; III) Competition for Indian Furs, 1668-1693 ; IV) Trading on the East Main, 1693-1735 ; V) The Fur Trade in the Eighteenth Century ; VI) A Decadeon Richmond Gulf ; VII) Daily Life at Eastmain House ; VIII) Penetrating t he Hinterland, 1770-1820 ; IX) Big River Post and Beyond, 1784-1824 ; X) A New Relationship ; XI) The Inuit and the North, 1837-1870 ; XII) Rupert House in the Nineteenth Century ; XIII) Conclusion. Nick to head of spine, else very good. 15.00

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