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Robert E. Peary
Rare Early 1st Ed of The North Pole Robert E. Peary ("Bradley Land" edition)
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1910. One of the very rare versions with the island of Bradley Land included in the fold out map at the back. Bradley Land was a land mass "discovered" by Frederick Cook, a rival to Peary, during a 1909 expedition. No such land exists, and Cook either misidentified sea ice or fabricated the discovery. It seems that an initial run of The North Pole included Bradley Land, but Peary quickly pressed his publisher to remove it from the map. Thus, you will not find Bradley Land on the maps of most 1st editions. Wikipedia on Bradley Land: "Cook published two photographs of the land and described it thus: 'The lower coast resembled Heiberg Island, with mountains and high valleys. The upper coast I estimated as being about one thousand feet high, flat, and covered with a thin sheet ice.' It is now known there is no land at that location and Cook's observations were based on either a misidentification of sea ice or an outright fabrication. Cook's Inuit companions reported that the photographs were actually taken near the coast of Axel Heiberg Island." Overall this book is in great condition. Some wear to the edges of the map (see pictures), some discoloration around the edges of picture pages, very slight wear to edges of binding. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: 09benjaminscott [Evanston, Illinois, US]
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