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MY ARCTIC JOURNAL: A YEAR AMONG ICE-FIELDS AND ESKIMOS With an Account of the Great White Journey Across Greenland Josephine and Robert Peary 1893 1st ed Hardcover Good-Very Good 3 Copies Available
By Peary, Josephine Diebitsch and Robert Peary
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The Contemporary Publishing Company, New York, 1893, 1st edition. 241 pp, 4 color plates, 18 black and white plates, and black and white photographs and maps throughout. Small hardcover with gold and red letters on handsome linen covered boards. Book may be Ex Lib, have canted cover and/or be soiled. Good to Very Good.

Josephine Diebitsch (1863-1935) married the sailor and Arctic explorer Robert Peary (1856-1920) on 11 August 1888, and accompanied him on three Arctic expeditions. My Arctic Journal recounts Josephine's experiences during the second, trans-Greenland expedition (1891-1892), during which she accompanied her husband on the journey to his Arctic base camp and spent twelve months on the shores of McCormick Bay at 77 N (i.e. halfway between the Arctic Circle and the North Pole), where she was the first Caucasian woman that the residents of a nearby Inuit settlement had seen. 

Robert then left her for his three-month crossing of North Greenland which he describes in 'The Great White Journey', the final chapter of the volume (pp. 221-240) before they returned to Philadelphia in September 1892. Josephine's last chapter ('Greenland Revisited', pp. 211-220) is headed 'Anniversary Lodge, Bowdoin Bay, Greenland, August 20, 1893' and describes the couple's arrival in Greenland in the summer of 1893 at the beginning of their third expedition. 

In September 1893, Josephine would give birth to their daughter Marie Ahnighito Peary, who was the first Caucasian child born in the Arctic and was nicknamed 'The Snow Baby'. 

One of the great explorers who caused this period to be called the Heroic Age of Exploration. The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration was an era in the exploration of the continent of Antarctica which began at the end of the 19th century, and ended after the First World War; the ShackletonRowett Expedition of 19211922 is often cited by historians as the dividing line between the "Heroic" and "Mechanical" ages. During this period the South Pole was first reached, and much of the continent's coastline was discovered and mapped, and significant areas of its interior were explored.



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