7 December 2017
COOK, Frederick A. (1865-1940). My Attainment of the Pole: being the Record of the Expedition that First Reached the Boreal Center, 1907-1909. New York: Mitchell Kennerly, 1913.
Thomas Edison’s copy, inscribed to him by the author, of Cook’s account of his disputed attainment of the Pole. Frederick Cook claimed to have reached the pole a year before Robert Peary, but his story was rejected and he was expelled from the Explorers Club. Modern scholars have cast some doubt on Peary’s own claim, however, and vindicated Cook. Arctic Bib. 3389; see Tourville 1010.
Octavo (194 x 130mm). Portrait frontispiece, 30 plates of photographic reproductions (library stamps). Publisher’s original green decorated cloth (library label on spine, stamps on top and bottom edges). Provenance: Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931; presentation inscription) – Upsala College Library (bookplate) – PBA Galleries.
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