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PEARY ON COOK: “LARGE AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN PAID THE GREATEST IMPOSTOR OF THE PRESENT GENERATION FOR A FICTITIOUS STORY”

PEARY, Robert E. Typed letter signed. Washington, 17 December 1909.

Extraordinary and revealing typed letter signed by acclaimed explorer Robert Peary, written shortly after Peary’s bitter controversy with Frederick Cook had erupted over which of the two explorers was the first to reach the North Pole, discussing a lecture invitation and rejecting Cook as a charlatan. $4800.

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THE FIRST EXPLORER TO REACH THE NORTH POLE

PEARY, Robert E. The North Pole. London, 1910.

Signed limited first edition of Peary’s dramatic and richly illustrated account of his journey to the North Pole, number 59 of only 500 copies signed by Peary and Captain R. A. Bartlett, with a large folding map printed in color, four black-and-white mounted photogravures and 112 tipped-in photographic plates, in publisher's vellum-gilt binding. $3000.

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