New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1948. Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. [first Borzoi edition], [9.75x6.5in]; xii, 334 pp., i-xviii [index], 31 illustrations and images, seven maps in text and one folding map; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering, borders and designs on spine, blind embossed sextant on front, top edge stained dark blue, other edges untrimmed; Minimal shelf wear to edges, corners or covers; Blue-gray dust jacket with white and black lettering on spine and front, illustration of ship in Arctic waters on front, advertisement on back cover; Small chips, creases and minor soiling to edges and covers, crease along top front, includes tipped in Time Magazine, March 29, 1948 article on this book. [Arctic Biblio 11527]. Item #11210
Jeannette Mirsky (1903-1987), an author and historian, first published this work as To The North! in 1934, by Viking press. From the dust jacket, that edition was withdrawn shortly after publication because of a libel-action threat by the late Dr. Fredrick A. Cook. Mirsky had written about Cook's reaching the North Pole as "...exciting and well-written, but ...mainly fiction...". This book has been revised and enlarged with new material from the Russian explorations in the late 1930's [from the Arctic Bibliography]. From the introduction by Vilhjamur Stefansson, "...the best history of northern exploration so far written..."