"I HAVE WON OUT AT LAST": PEARY'S NORTH POLE
PEARY, Robert E. The North Pole. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910. Large octavo, original publisher's green cloth, embossed gilt portrait medallion of Peary on front board, uncut and largely unopened.
First trade edition of Peary's fascinating account of his expedition to the North Pole, with large folding map and over 100 full-page illustrations. A handsome copy, uncut and largely unopened.
Peary's dramatic account of his last expedition includes the preparations and organization involved in his arduous march to the North Pole. "According to Peary, they reached the Pole on April 6 and remained there 30 hours to verify their position. They reached land again at Cape Columbia on the 23rd, and two days later arrived at the ship… Immediately after Peary's arrival, the Cook/Peary controversy broke out as a result of Cook's almost simultaneous announcement that he had reached the Pole one year earlier. Eventually, Cook's claim was rejected as fraudulent by most commentators, and Peary's priority was widely acknowledged. However, Peary's claim, too, has frequently been questioned, and controversy continues even now… The National Geographic Society commissioned a new examination of Peary's route by the Navigation Foundation, of Maryland, which reported in Peary's favor" (Holland, 475). With introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. Preceded by a signed limited edition of 500 copies in the same year. Illustrated with a large folding map printed in color, four black-and-white photogravures (including frontispiece) and 112 photographic plates. Arctic Institute 13230.
Text and plates quite fresh, one plate with expert paper repair not affecting image; bright gilt-stamped cloth with one minor stain to front board. A scarce about-fine copy.