New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. Fine in Near Fine dust-jacket First Edition. [9.5x6.5in]; xv, 502 pp., frontispiece portrait of Peary in polar wear, 27 maps, 13 images, 10 records and diagrams and 36 drawings from images, appendices and index; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, top and bottom edges trimmed; Cream dust jacket with dark blue lettering on front and spine,dark blue ruled border and blue toned illustration of Peary's portrait on front, publisher advertisements on back; includes original publisher's plain brown box; minimal shelf wear to dust jacket and box, not price clipped. [Arctic Biblio 7160]. Item #13363
This is a detailed biography of Robert Edwin Peary (1856-1920) by an distinguished scientist-explorer of Greenland and the Arctic, William Herbert Hobbs (1864-1953). Hobbs was a strong unwavering supporter of Peary and his claim to have reached the North Pole in 1909. From the dust jacket, "The life of Peary is full of human interest from the beginning to end. Peary attained the Pole only after he had made eight expeditions extending over a quarter of a century...The story of Peary's long and eventful life and his ultimately successful expedition is her told by one who knew Peary intimately..." Hobb's includes a discussion of the Peary-Cook controversy with an analysis of the polar data and concludes that Peary did reach the North Pole and Cook did not. Both claims are still controversial and doubted today.