COLD RECALL combines the complete text of Roald Amundsen’s lectures about his expedition through the Northwest Passage (1903-06) with the original hand-coloured lantern slides he used to illustrate his lectures. Together they offer a unique insight into how Amundsen presented his expeditions when face to face with an international audience.
They also provide the first pictorial account of his successful unlocking of the Northwest Passage and his life among the Inuit in Gjøa Haven. The book includes background information about many of the episodes that Roald Amundsen describes, all too briefly, in his lectures. It also adds further detail about some of the many slides printed in the book, but not specifically mentioned in his manuscripts. Roald Amundsen’s lecture tours and the money he made from the publishing rights for his written accounts and expedition photos were a very important source of income for both his own – and the expeditions’ – finances. In order to settle his accounts and fund further expeditions, Amundsen spent a great deal of time negotiating the tours and preparing the lectures. This edition of Cold Recall is made especially for a Canadian audience in close cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Canada, to accompany the exhibition of the same name. The book is printed with generous support from Kongsberg. “I congratulate Captain Amundsen most heartily on the way he has told the story and on the way he has done the work. It is by efficiency, not only by good luck, that such an expedition can come to a successful conclusion.”
-Sir Ernest H. Shackleton
“When we want to send out a man to an unknown region where new exploration is to be done, he is the sort of man we
should send; he knows what is of importance and what is not; he knows not to do sensational things when he has good work to do, but can appreciate sensational things at the same time, as he has shown us in his most interesting lecture.”
– Fridtjof Nansen
Cold Recall – Roald Amundsen’s reflections from the Northwest Passage
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