Memoirs of the Wife of the Commander of the â€śJeannette Expeditionâ€ť
By Emma De Long
Introduction By Vilhjalmur Stefansson
New York: Dodd, Mead Company 1938. 1st Edition. 8vo, [xxii], 252 pp., 5 photo plates including frontispiece portrait of George W. De Long, map. Publisherâ€™s purplish-blue cloth, top edge blue, titles gilt to cover and spine. Some discoloration to blue cloth extremities, otherwise a very clean and complete copy. Prior ownerâ€™s name and address on ffe. Dust jacket shows some chipping to spine ends and corners, dust Jacket protected by acetate wrapper. Overall a near fine copy of a rare publication. â€”Not in Arctic Bibliography
At 87 years of age De Longâ€™s widow reopened the trunk she kept in her basement filled with letters and papers concerning the Jeannette expedition and used them to write this touching memoir. Beginning with Stefanssonâ€™s informative introduction, the book sheds additional light on De Long and the Jeannette expedition. Much is included on the expeditionâ€™s aftermath, the search expeditions, the recovery of De Longâ€™s remains, the funeral, the grueling congressional inquiries that called into question De Longâ€™s leadership abilities. The last chapter concerns the commissioning of the De Long monument that was erected in 1928 in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, where De Long and those who died with him now lie buried.