Lieutenant Danenhower's Narrative Of The "Jeannette"
By Danenhower, John W., Lieutenant
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company,1882. First Edition. Sm8vo — 19cm., [vii], vi-x, [Ii], 102 Pages. Half-title page present, frontispiece of Danenhower with printed signature of Danenhower and original tissue guard, full-page steel engraving of the â€śJeanetteâ€ť frozen in pack ice with original tissue guard, one double-page map, four illustrations in text. Original publisherâ€™s wraps mounted on stiff card stock. Some normal chipping to wrap extremities with no loss of text, prior booksellerâ€™s discreet stamp on front cover. Binding and hinges are strong and in very good condition, Very Rare and complete. Arctic Bibliography 3643.
Lt. Danenhower’s narrative of the wreck of the Jeannette and the 500-mile journey by foot from Ostrov Genriyetta to the Lena Delta first appeared serially in the New York Herald, 1882. This first stand-alone published narrative is revised, corrected and expanded from the magazine serial. Much detail is paid to the shipâ€™s partyâ€™s retreat on foot and by boat from the â€śJeanetteâ€ť at 77Âş15â€™N 155E in the Eastern Siberian Sea to the Lena Delta. Of the 33 original members of the expedition sent in 1879 from San Francisco attempting to reach the North Pole via Bering Strait, only 13 survived. This very rare and elusive first person account is a captivating and highly informative read.