The White Road: A Survey Of Polar Exploration.

Published 1959 by Hollis & Cater, reprinted as ' A History of Polar Exploration' in 1962 by Penguin.This is not to bad a book despite including Arctic exploration. It often comes up in bibliographies at the back of modern books, I think this is because it provides a reasonably detailed assessment of the early historical expeditions. The author was Director of the Royal Geographical Society.