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The Arctic Grail

By Berton, Pierre


Pierre Berton was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors. From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his fifty books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston. He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He wrote columns for and was editor of Maclean’s magazine, appeared on CBC’s public affairs program “Close-Up” and was a permanent fixture on “Front Page Challenge” for 39 years. He was a columnist and editor for the Toronto Star and was a writer and host of a series of CBC programs.

Pierre Berton received over 30 literary awards including the Governor-General’s Award for Creative Non-Fiction (three times), the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and the Gabrielle Leger National Heritage Award. He received two Nellies for his work in broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, and the National History Society’s first award for “distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history.” For his immense contribution to Canadian literature and history, he was awarded more than a dozen honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman’s Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Pierre Berton passed away in Toronto on November 30, 2004.


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1988-04-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 426.53
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The Arctic Grail : The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

  • Seller: Ergodebooks
  • Published: 1990-01-01
  • Condition: Used:Good
The Easton Press, 1990-01-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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$ 208.78
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1988-03-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 158.41
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Norwalk, Conn.: Easton Press, 1990. Leather Bound Nautical Library. Bound in gilt decorated navy blue leather, still in unopened Publisher's shrink wrap, raised bands on spine, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, silk ribbon page marker intact, with Publisher's slips laid-in. NEW.. Hard Cover. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.

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$ 125.00
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$ 80.38
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Viking Adult. DJ in archival cover remainder mark. Stated first American edition. . Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1988.

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$ 80.00
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Viking Adult. Hardcover. 0670824917 New Condition *** Right Off the Shelf | Ships within 2 Business Days ~~~ Customer Service Is Our Top Priority! - Thank you for LOOKING :-) . New.

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$ 69.99
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Very large, heavy, sturdy book, quality red cloth with embossed compass at bottom front right, very bright gilt lettering on spine, first two pages in shades of blue with portraits, two-page map, 672 pages. DJ glossy with abstract color image of dark blue sky, purple and red sun, light blue ice on front, spine and back. DJ and book, both As New.. 2d Ptg.. Cloth. As New/As New.

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$ 49.00
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1989-04-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 46.99
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2000-01-05. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 45.79
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

  • Seller: Wickham Books South
  • Published: 1990
  • Condition: Very Good with No dust jacket as issued
Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press. Very Good with No dust jacket as issued. 1990. Hardcover. Light scratch to foredge, no DJ as issued; Full gray gilt-worked binding, AEG, ribbon marker, 3 raised bands, blue moire endpapers. B&W illustrations, maps. Author's note, chronology, bibliography, index. Publisher's Collector's Notes laid in; 8vo (9.3 X 6.3 X 1.5 inches); 672 pages .

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$ 40.00
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Pierre Berton

Viking Adult, 1988-11-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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$ 38.81
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Viking Adult. Hardcover. 0670824917 . New.

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$ 37.94
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The Arctic Grail: The quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

  • Seller: Ground Zero Books, Ltd.
  • Published: 1988
  • Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket. Price clipped. Signed by previous owner. DJ has slight wear and soiling, with small edge wea
  • Edition: First American Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]
  • ISBN: 9780670824915
New York: Viking, 1988. First American Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. Very good in very good dust jacket. Price clipped. Signed by previous owner. DJ has slight wear and soiling, with small edge wear. Minor scuffs on rear end pages.. xii, 13-672 p. Maps. Illustrations. Chronology. Bibliography. Index. Covering the entire period of exploration from the expedition of William Edward Perry in 1818 to that of Robert Peary in a single volume, Pierre Berton has written a revisionist history of the search for the Northwest passage and the North Pole.

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$ 37.50
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1988-03-03. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 36.99
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1988-04-02. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 36.99
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Toronto: McClelland and Stewart [0-7710-1266-7] [1988]. (Hardcover) 672pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Illustrated endpapers, maps, illustrations, chronolgy, bibliography, index. Locale: ; North Pole; North West Passage. (Arctic/Polar, Voyages and Travels).

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$ 36.75
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The Arctic Grail : The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Pierre Berton

  • Seller: The Edmonton Book Store
  • Published: pp. 672, b/w illustrations.Signe
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart/Tundra Books, pp. 672, b/w illustrations.Signed, dedicated and dated by the author on title page 1988. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo. Signed by Author.

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$ 35.00
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The Goddard Journal Vol 2 # 2-Ray Bradbury Story

Michael Schuldiner

Plainfield Vermont: Goddard Collage, 1968. First edition. Paperback. Good. Mid Size Literary Magazine, Ray Bradbury Story, cover has some edge wear

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$ 35.00
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Pierre Berton

Anchor Canada, 2001-01-01. Paperback. Used:Good.

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$ 32.33
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The Arctic Grail : The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. hardback, thick 8vo, mild spotting and age-toning to closed page edges, a very good tightly bound copy ina well preserved dust wrapper, text unmarked and clean, 672pp.

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£ 28.50
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole 1818-1909 (First Edtiion)

Berton, Pierre

Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 1988. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Used, hardcover, first edition, 1988. Condition: fine, jacket: fine. Because of heavy book weight an extra shipping charge may be required.

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$ 30.00
No cover image available
Viking Adult. Hardcover. 0670824917 Book is like new.Dust jacket in mylar protective cover has some shelf wear. . Fine.

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$ 30.00
No cover image available
Penguin Books Canada, Limited, 1989-01-01. Paperback. Like New. Appears unread, minor shelf/edge wear. Gift inscription.. Unconditional money back guarantee.

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$ 29.98
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Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts 1777-1778 (vol. 53 part II)

Massachusetts Historical Society

  • Seller: AardBooks
  • Published: 1988
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: 1st THUS
Boston: MHS. Near Fine. 1988. 1st THUS. hardcover. large 8vo . 121-287pp . Facsimile reprint of the 18th century original. Book is BLACK CLOTH, NOT 'stock image'. .

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$ 25.00
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

NY: Viking Press, 1988. 1st American edition; dj w/unclipped price; illustrated end papers; 672 clean, unmarked pages.. 1st. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Maps; b/w Illus. 8 vo.

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$ 25.00
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

  • Seller: BOOX
  • Published: 1988
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition First Printing
  • ISBN: 9780771012662
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1988. First Edition First Printing . Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 13 ILLUSTRATIONS, 44 MAPS, Very good gray color pictorial trade paperback. Light wear, previous owner name inside. (1988), 8vo, xii, [2], 15-672pp. "Here for the FIRST time in a single volume, is the full and detailed saga of the nineteenth-century quest for two of the world's great geographical prizes..."

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$ 23.77
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The Arctic Grail

Pierre Berton

Viking Press, New York, 1988. First Edition. Softcover. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 672 pp. Binding is tight, spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Arctic & Antarctic; #58066; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 32337. .

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$ 22.80
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McClelland & Stewart 1988. First Edition, Super octavo hardcover (VG) in d/w (VG); all our specials have minimal description to keep listing them viable. They are at least reading copies, complete and in reasonable condition, but usually secondhand; frequently they are superior examples. Ordering more than one book will reduce your overall postage cost.

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NZD $ 32.50
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole 1818-1909

Pierre Berton

  • Seller: The Edmonton Book Store
  • Published: pp. xii 672, illustrated eps, ma
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, pp. xii 672, illustrated eps, maps, b/w illustrations.""Scores of nineteenth-century expeditions battled savage cold, relentless ice and winter darkness in pursuit of two great prizes: the quest for the elusive Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific and the international race to reach the North Pole. Pierre Berton's #1 best-selling book brings to life the… 1988. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

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$ 20.00
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Canada: Anchor, 2001. Softcover. Near Fine. Reprint. Trade paperback. 672pp. A single page creased, near fine.

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$ 20.00
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The Arctic Grail

Berton, Pierre

New York: Penguin Books. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1989. 014011680X . The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole 1818-1909; 014011680X. .

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$ 19.50
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Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909, The

Berton, Pierre

US: Viking Adult, 1988. reprint . Hardcover. Good. 672 pages. Illustrated end papers and fly leaves. Includes chronology and b&w map. Foxing to top and fore edge. Foxing to dust jacket. Otherwise clean, tight copy. Record # 466893

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$ 19.00
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Arctic Grail, The

Berton, Pierre

Markham: A Penguin Books Canada Ltd/McClelland and Stewart Book, 1989. Light Creasing on Front, Rear Covers; Front, Rear Covers, Spine Lightly Chipped; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. SYNOPSIS: In The Arctic Grail, Pierre Berton follows the paths forged by a handful of stubborn explorers, who risked life and limb in their quest to find the Northwest Passage. This quest is peopled with larger-than-life adventurers and with the remarkable Inuit, without whom Arctic exploration would not have been possible. Pierre Berton was born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon. He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He moved to Toronto in 1947 and at the age of 31 was named managing editor of Maclean's magazine. He was an associate editor and columnist at the Toronto Star from 1958 to 1962 and has written and hosted several national television programs. He is the author of thirty-four books and has received three Governor General's Awards for works of non-fiction. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame.. First Thus 1st Printing. Mass Market Paperback. Fine. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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CAD $ 24.53
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and The North Pole, 1818-1909

Pierre Berton

The Lyons Press, 2000-08-01. Paperback. Used:Good.

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$ 18.98
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McClelland and Stewart, 1988. Hardcover. Fine / Near Fine Dustjacket. 672 pages, 6.5" x 9.75".

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CAD $ 23.99
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Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

  • Seller: B-Line Books
  • Published: 1988
  • Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
  • Edition: Second Printing
  • ISBN: 9780771012662
Toronto: Mcclelland & Stewart. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1988. Second Printing. Hardcover. 0771012667 . About new book, unmarked, in crisp bright dust jacket. 43 maps and 13 illustrations. ; 672 pages .

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$ 18.00
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The Lyons Press, 2000. Trade paperback in good condition, corner and edge wear. . Paperback. Good.

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$ 18.00
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The Arctic Grail : The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Pierre Berton

Penguin Publishing Group, 1988. First Edition THUS. Hardcover. Very Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. The dust jacket is missing. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket missing. First edition THUS. SIGNED and inscribed by the author. Minor shelf and handling wear, overall a clean solid copy with minimal signs of use. Binding is sound. Pages are intact and free of marks. Secure packaging for safe delivery.

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$ 17.92
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Viking Adult, 1988. Very good hardcover w/ dust jacket. Light wear. Binding has overbite.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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$ 16.50
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New York, NY : Lyons Press, 2000. Soft cover. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Light shelfwear,

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$ 16.20
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The Lyons Press, 2001. 672pp. Large heavy softback, G+, covers are slightly curled, slight reading creases in spine, yell ink mark on bottom page edge, light stains along edges, index, maps, few b&w illustrations, The quest for the Noethwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909, . Soft Cover. Good +.

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$ 15.00
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Arctic Grail, The: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

New York, NY, December 1, 1989. reprint. Softcover. Good/None. 672 pages, b&w photographs and maps. Edge wear to wrappers; creases on spine. Foxing to top and fore-edge. Else a clean, tight copy. Record # 451950

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$ 15.00
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The Arctic Grail

Berton, Pierre

New York: Viking, 1988. First US Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good +. Book in great shape in price-clipped jacket with mild edgewear and a gift inscription to half-title page.

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$ 14.00
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909

Berton, Pierre

New York: Viking Adult, 1988. First US 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 672 pp., Clean & unmarked. Dj has minor shelf wear.

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$ 12.59
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The Arctic Grail

Berton, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1988. Hardcover. Thick 8vo. Bound in orange cloth with embossed decoration to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Black and white illustrations and maps. Light shelfwear, ink owners name to ffep; very good in good+, rubbed dustjacket.

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$ 12.50
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The Arctic Grail

Pierre Berton

Penguin, Toronto, 1989. Second Edition. Softcover. Good Condition. Size: 16mo (very small). 672 pp. Binding is tight, spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Arctic & Antarctic; #20223; ISBN: 0140126546. ISBN/EAN: 9780140126549. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 32342. . 9780140126549

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$ 10.45
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The Arctic Grail

Berton, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Hardcover. VG+./VG+.. The quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909.

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$ 10.00