These are four real-life (or more accurately death) adventures, translated from the French in a tone of quiet horror. The British ships Eretus and Terror get forth in 1845 fully equipped to discover the Northwest Passage, Vanjshed. Perhaps the only substantial trace of the missing expedition was the pair of unidentifiable ghost ships, lifeless and more than half buried in ice, which a seaman observed years later.... The aeronaut Salomon Andree, with a crew of two in a specially constructed giant balloon, rose and drifted towards the North Pole. Perished. The record of their forced landing and determined march toward safety, evidence of their final camp, the ice-preserved remains of their bodies, all came to light after 33 years... A Russian boat, innocently voyaging for fish and seal, was trapped in the ice and carried silently, irresistibly into the upper Arctic. Doomed. Only two returned, and through a miracle at that.... The airship Italia, commanded by the vain Nobile who had foolishly criticized Amundsen, loitered over the Pole and started back. Crashed. And among the rescuers, among the few who disappeared to retrieve most of the H crew, was Amundsen's hydroplane party.... More cold facts than warm handling- for your adventure-exploration market.