'If ever a human foot is to tread the Pole, it must be a British
one!' First Mate Shandon receives a mysterious letter asking him to
construct a reinforced steamship in Liverpool. As he heads out for
Melville Bay and the Arctic labyrinth, a crewman reveals himself to
be John Hatteras, and his lifelong obsession, the Pole. Despite
experiencing appalling cold and hunger, the captain treks across
the frozen wastes in search of fuel. Abandoned by his crew,
Hatteras remains without resources at the coldest spot on earth.
How can he find food and explore the Polar Sea? And what will he
find at the top of the world? This new translation by the father of
Verne Studies brilliantly conveys the hypnotic mood and gripping
authenticity of Verne's second novel. This edition also includes
the original, censored ending, previously unpublished chapters, and
evidence of Verne's plagiarism.