My Attainment Of The Pole
Being the Record of the Expedition That First Reached the Boreal Center 1907-1909 with the final summary of the Polar Controversy.
By Dr. Frederick Cook
New York: The Polar Publishing Co. 1911. First Edition. With portrait frontispiece and 49 other photographic illustrations and with a profusion of other illustrations, charts, and drawings. 4to, original sepia cloth, upper cover pictorially designed in colours, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt. [xx], 604, Index. A Near Fine copy. â€”Arctic Bibliography 3389.
Cook served as the surgeon and ethnologist on Robert Peary’s 1891-92 Greenland expedition, and soon joined the race himself to be the first to the North Pole. In 1907 he had accompanied an expedition northward, “prepared to attempt to reach the Pole if the opportunity arose, and according to his own story he claimed to have done so, leaving his party accompanied only by a few Eskimos, early in 1908” (EB). The announcement of his success was made just five days before Peary cabled his news of victory, and a tempestuous controversy immediately broke out. The public was disposed to believe Cook’s claim and he received a hearty reception at Copenhagen. Scientific opinion was more reserved, however, and after a careful consideration of the evidence, Cook’s claim was dismissed. Modern day analysis has yet to truly clarify whether Cook or Peary ever reached the North Pole.