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Bradley Robinson; [Matthew A. Henson (1866-1955)]
Dark Companion. [Signed by African American Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson and the Author]
New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, (1947). xviii, [2], 266pp. First edition. 8vo. Signed by both author and subject opposite the title-page. Publisher's black cloth, supplied with a very good mildly-soiled dust jacket which has a few nicks and two closed tears to rear panel. Previous owner's signature on endpaper. Endpapers photo-illustrated and with Arctic map. Overall, a very good and handsome copy. Biography of African American explorer Matthew A. Henson (1866-1955), credited as the first man to reach the North Pole. This copy signed by Henson and by the author with whom Henson collaborated in documenting his adventures. In 1908-1909, Henson accompanied explorer and U.S. Navy officer Robert Peary (1856-1920) on an expedition to the North Pole, reaching their goal on April 6, 1909. Henson had met Peary by chance in 1887 and accompanied him as a valet on a trip to survey a canal route through Nicaragua. "Peary soon found that Henson's ability to help chart a path through the jungles and his experiences as a seaman made him more valuable as a colleague than as a valet. Peary took Henson with him on all his trips to the Arctic except his first in 1886: 1891-1892, 1893-1895, 1896, 1897, 1898-1902, 1905-1906, and the final dash to the pole 1908-1909." (DANB) Despite some claims that the records of final expedition to the pole had been falsified, scholars credit Henson with being the first man to actually reach the Pole. Henson wrote a memoir of his Arctic explorations, A Negro Explorer at the North Pole (1912), but, because of his race, wider recognition did not come u … [Click Below for Full Description]
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