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NORTHWARD OVER THE "GREAT ICE" 2 Vols. Robert Peary 1898 1st US ed Hardcover Very Good
By Peary, Robert
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Full Title: Northward Over The "Great Ice" A Narrative of Life and Work along the Shores and upon the Interior Ice-Cap of Northern Greenland in the Years 1886 and 1891-1897

New York, Frederick A. Stokes, 1898, 1st US edition. 521 and 625 pp, many b/w photos and illustrations, map. Both volumes are navy cloth Ex Lib hardcovers with faded spines, TEG. Both have a loose hinge and have the usual library marks and wear. Very Good. 

A handsome set of books describing some of Peary's earliest North Pole-bound expeditions.

This is a heavy set of books. Extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail and International Mail.

A very well-illustrated account of reconnaissance of Greenland inland ice in 1886 which included a man-drawn sledge trip east of Kisko Bay to about 100 miles from edge of glaciers, and an account of the North Greenland Expedition of 1891-2, determining the insularity of Greenland, delineating the northern extension of the icecap, remarks on Polar Eskimos, record of successful sledge journey across the icecap to Peary Land and return. There is also an account of the discovery of the Cape-York meteorites. This was Peary's first arctic expedition and gave him the experience needed to later mount the North Pole expedition.

Peary's first of three books written about his expeditions to reach the North Pole. These volumes cover three of eight trips through Greenland toward the North Pole, including the controversial 'Bringing home of the 'Saviksue,' or Great Cape-York Meteorites.' Despite questionable gaps in the evidence supporting Peary's North Pole claim, his successive furthest north records and adventurous spirit made the American explorer a hero in the United States. After some debate, Peary would be recognized by Congress and the National Geographic society as the first to reach the North Pole, thereby discrediting the claim of his fiercest rival, Dr. Frederick Cook.

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 Shackleton–Rowett Expedition of 1921–1922 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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