The North Pole
Its Discovery In 1900 Under The Auspices Of The Peary Arctic Club. With An Introduction By Theodore Roosevelt And A Foreword By Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Director and Editor, National Geographic Society
By Robert Peary
New York: Frederick Stokes Company, 1910. First US Trade Edition. 8vo. [xxxii], 373pp., Appendix I, II, III, Index. 8 colour plates including frontis with tissue guard, 32 double-sided plates with multiple illustrations, large folding coloured map bound at rear. Original decorative cloth, gilt. A Fine copy. Scarce in such excellent condition. Arctic Bibliography 13230.
Narrative of Peary’s last expedition, 1908-09, on the â€śRooseveltâ€ť describing the passage through the ice of Smith Sound-Robeson Channel, the wintering at Camp Jesup, Cape Sheridan, north of Ellesmere Island, and the march on the North Pole, which was reportedly reached on April 6, 1909. Peary’s record was disputed by Dr. Frederick Cook, who claimed to have preceded him in 1908, but Cook’s claim was ultimately disallowed, and most (early) Arctic scientists agree that Peary was the first man to reach the North Pole.
The map shows Cookâ€™s Bradley Land slightly to the north of Pearyâ€™s Crocker Land, indicating this copy is part of the 1st State of the 1st Printing. Copies of the â€śIce Editionâ€ť in the First State are scarce.