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My Attainment Of The Pole Being the Record of the Expedition That First Reached the Boreal Center 1907-1909 with the final summary of the Polar Controversy
NF. New York, The Polar Publishing Co. 1911. First Edition. Thick sm4to. [xx], 604pp Index.With portrait frontispiece, 49 photographic illustrations and numerous additional illustrations, charts, and drawings. Publisher's sepia cloth, front cover ruled in light olive and with pictorial profile designs of Cook and two Eskimos; spine and upper cover lettered in bright gilt. A Near Fine copy. ÑArctic Bibliography 3389. Cook served as the surgeon and ethnologist on Robert Peary's 1891-92 Greenland expedition, and soon joined the race himself to be the first to the North Pole. In 1907 he had accompanied an expedition northward, "prepared to attempt to reach the Pole if the opportunity arose, and according to his own story he claimed to have done so, leaving his party accompanied only by a few Eskimos, early in 1908". The announcement of his success was made only five days before Peary cabled his news of victory, and a tempestuous controversy immediately broke out. The public was disposed to believe Cook's claim and he received a hearty reception at Copenhagen. Scientific opinion was more reserved, however, and after a careful consideration of the evidence, Cook's claim was dismissed. Modern day analysis has yet to truly clarify whether Cook or Peary ever reached the North Pole.
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