New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1913. 3rd printing. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's cloth. Several photographic plates. 610 pp. plus index and advertisements.
Light shelf wear and several stains to spine. Hinges overopened. Tight and clean.
This is an early printing of Dr. Cook's controversial memoir of polar exploration. Cook claimed to have been the first man to reach the North Pole in April, 1908, a year before the competing claim of rival explorer Peary, who claimed to have reached the Pole in April 1909. The disputed claims were never resolved, though historians tend to favor Peary's account, and it doesn't help that Cook was later imprisoned for 14 years on an unrelated fraud charge. Very good. Item #1664