Despite Holland’s rich history as a major maritime power, by the time this work first appeared in 1876 the Dutch had long abandoned their exploration of the Arctic Circle.
The author delineates potential routes and difficulties, discusses ocean conditions, and examines both historical and contemporary expeditions for flaws and successes. The book also includes as an appendix a chronological table of Arctic expeditions ranging from ninth-century Viking endeavours to Allen Young’s 1876 voyage. Reissued here is the second edition of 1877, which does not differ textually from the first. Despite the author’s intention to continue the work, a second volume never appeared.
Samuel Richard van Campen
Cambridge University Press