NEAREST THE POLE. A NARRATIVE OF THE POLAR EXPEDITIONS OF THE PEARY ARCTIC CLUB IN THE S.S. ROOSEVELT, 1905-1906.

Peary, Cmdr. R. E.


£250.00




1st.Eng.ed., 1907. Xx + 411 pp., guarded cold. frontis + 95 sepia photos & other plates; + 2 large maps (cold. & fldg.). Black buckram; gilt with gilt vignette to front cover; t.e.g., neatly re-backed with the original spine laid down. 27 x 19cm. Some general wear to binding but a clean, bright, tight & sound copy V.G.+. The story of Cmdr. Robert Edwin Peary, USN (1856-1920) and his second unsuccessful attempt to reach the North Pole in 1906, Peary did however get closer to the Pole than any previous expedition had been able to achieve, and he learnt many lessons that were to prove invaluable on his next attempt in 1909 when he finally reached the North Pole. Peary made eight Arctic voyages via the Greenland coast and in 1891-1892 arrived on the east coast by crossing the ice. On this his 1906 expedition, Peary, aboard the ROOSEVELT, was forced to turn back 175 miles from his objective. He passed Ellesmere Land to Cape Sheridan and the Arctic Basin, returning home along the coast of Greenland. Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece, 95 sepia photographs, and two coloured folding maps, Cmdr. Peary gives his own account of the dangerous voyage from New York into what were then unknown and mysterious seas. [Ricks p. 169, Arctic Bibliography # 13226]. A BRAVE BUT UNSUCCESSFUL AMERICAN ATTEMPT TO REACH THE NORTH POLE IN 1906.


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