North Pole: Its Discovery in 1909 Under the Auspices of the Peary Arctic Club: Peary, Robert

North Pole: Its Discovery in 1909 Under the Auspices of the Peary Arctic Club

Peary, Robert

Published by Frederick A. Stokes, New York, 1910
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Limited First Edition, 3/4 dark blue morocco leather over light blue cloth boards with gilt top edge, spine in five raised bands with six compartments, having embossed gilt lettering, deckeled paper, marbled end papers. General Hubbard Edition, limited #102 of 500 copies SIGNED by Peary on the limitation leaf with an Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt and a Foreword by Gilbert H. Grosvenor. Eight full-page relief halftone illustrations reproducing photographic enlargements colored by hand and 100 relief halftone illustrations from photographs, with a folding color map of the polar region by Gilbert H. Grosvenor at the rear. The dramatic firsthand account of Robert Peary’s 1908-1909 expedition in which he claimed, on April 7 1909, to have become the first person to reach the geographic North Pole. A bold, highly able, and tenacious person, Peary has been described by historian Fergus Fleming as "possibly the most successful and probably the most unpleasant man in the annals of polar exploration." Following Peary’s return and the certification of his claim by the National Geographic Society, a sponsor of the expedition along with the privately funded Peary Arctic Club, Peary received a Congressional Gold Medal, The Royal Geographical Society of London Special Great Gold Medal, and by act of Congress a lifetime pension at the rank of rear admiral, although he had served less than nine years on active duty as a naval engineer from 1881 to 1909, and been granted paid leave for the more than fifteen years encompassing his eight arctic expeditions. Signed on fly paper by previous owner Samuel Mather, the prominent Cleveland Industrialist, with his personal bookplate. Showing just light wear, remains an attractive copy in the deluxe leather binding Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 003327

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Title: North Pole: Its Discovery in 1909 Under the ...

Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes, New York

Publication Date: 1910

Binding: Three-Quarter Morocco

Book Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: Limited First Edition.

Book Type: Association Copy

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