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Through the First Antarctic Night 1898–1899. A Narrative of the Voyage of the "Belgica" among Newly Discovered Lands and over an Unknown Sea about the South Pole.
London: William Heinemann, 1900 - Octavo. Original pale blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, lettered and with pictorial block in white on front cover. Spine rolled and lightly sunned. An excellent copy. Coloured frontispiece, 3 other coloured plates, 74 half-tone plates and numerous illustrations to the text. First edition. Cook had previously travelled as surgeon and anthropologist on Peary's second expedition to Greenland - and had fallen out with the leader over his treatment of the Inuit and his subordinates - when he joined the Belgian Antarctic Expedition in a similar capacity. When the expedition became trapped in the ice after crossing the Antarctic Circle, "Cook soon proved the most invaluable of the scientists, devising an antiscorbutic diet and observing some of the curious physical and mental effects caused by the absence of sunlight. He devised a crude form of light therapy to treat what is now commonly known as seasonal affective disorder, alleviating the condition by placing the afflicted crew members before an open fire" (Howgego). Having previously disagreed with Peary on the subject of publications, Cook pre-empted the official report by publishing an account in the New York Herald in 1899, followed by the present work in 1900. Amundsen, who served on the Expedition as first mate, contributes Appendix V, "The Navigation of the Antarctic Ice-Pack", and further distinguished himself by becoming the first person to ski on Antarctica. Howgego C24; Spence 311. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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