New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1910. Near Fine in None Issued dust-jacket First Trade Edition. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company; 1910; First Trade Edition [7x9.75”]; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, partially embossed illustration of dog sledge and explorer with American flag in ice field on front, top edge gilt with cut edges; xxxii, 373 pp., frontispiece, eight hand colored and 100 black and white photographs on 72 plates, colored fold out map at rear, tipped in publisher advertisements; minor shelf wear to bottom edges and spine top and bottom, minor rubbing to rear cover, prior owner ink inscription on front free endpaper, chips to folding map edge and small closed tears in map folds and attachment to endpaper [map includes Bradley Is (Cook) just north of Crocker Land (Peary), which is a 1st state and 1st printing point] Overall condition is Near Fine. [Arctic Bibliography 13230]. Item #11739
Robert Peary [1856-1920] was an active arctic explorer from 1886 in visits and six organized expeditions. This is a narrative of his last expedition of 1908-09. His ship, the Roosevelt, traveled through the Smith Sound - Robeson Channel to Cape Sheridan on North Ellsmere Is. to set up winter quarters with 23 men. He and five others claimed to have attained the pole on April 6, 1909. However, there has been great controversy over the years, since none of the men with him at the pole could verify the position and there were questions raised after returning when others tried to validate the data.