A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
With a foreword by Robert E. Peary
Introduction by Booker T. Washington
By Henson, Matthew A.
New York: Frederick Stokes, 1912, 1st Edition. Sm8vo â€“ 19.2 cm. [xii], 200pp. Illustrated with seven full-page black-and-white photographic plates including frontispiece of Matthew Henson with its original tissue guard, Appendix I & II. Publisherâ€™s blue cloth in excellent condition and with undamaged white lettering on front cover and spine. With the black-and-white portrait of Henson inset on front cover in excellent condition. An unusually well-preserved and complete copy showing no chipping to white lettering or cover portrait which is common with this publication, unmarked end leaves and tight un-cracked hinges; no foxing, folds, tears or prior ownership markings. Quite possibly the nicest copy you will come across â€” truly a Fine copy. Very Scarce. Not in Arctic Bibliography.
Appendix I: Notes on the Esquimos
Appendix II: List of Smith Sound Esquimos
Matthew Henson was Robert Pearyâ€™s companion and assistant on all but his first trip into the Arctic. Henson was the only other member of Pearyâ€™s last expedition (other than Esquimos) that was allowed to go to the Pole. Henson later claimed in an interview that by leading the group, he was actually the first person to step foot on the North Pole.
This book was apparently quite unsuccessful, with few copies sold. Most likely this was a result that little attention was paid to a book by a black man in 1912. As a result, copies of this narrative are considered Very Scarce, and even more so in such well preserved condition inside and out.