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The youngest member of American explorer Frederick A. Cook's 1903 Mount Denali expedition, this curious figure remained one of the controversial explorer's closest friends and most steadfast supporters throughout the attacks on his claim to have reached the North Pole on 21 April 1908, a year before Peary; it was at Shainwald's home that the explorer died on August 5, 1940. TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Scarsdale, NY, 11 August 1940. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. Faintly age toned. On letterhead of the just-formed (but short-lived) "Cook Arctic Club, Inc." that lists the just-deceased explorer as honorary president at the top of its list of officers, Shainwald writes a supporter just a week after his hero's death. Superb content: "It is a real pleasure to hear from a man who feels as we do, and who can express himself so masterly. This club was formed to promote all the interests of Dr. Cook. We shall continue what we have been planning for the past two months. Namely an airplane Expedition to revisit the Northern lands discovered by Cook in 1908: Bradley Land, 300 miles from Pole; and the Glacial Islands, 120 miles from Pole. Peary has always claimed that Cook turned South 520 miles from Pole. We have failed this year to raise the needed funds, but hope to succeed in 1941. As you may have read, Sir Hubert Wilkins is confidant of the existance of Cook's lands, and has volunteered to command the Expedition." Signed boldly in full in vivid blue ink. Extremely unusual and most desireable. Bookseller Inventory # 41382

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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