Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-99. A Narrative of the Voyage of the "Belgica" among Newly Discovered Lands, and Over an Unknown Sea about the South Pole. Dr. Frederick A. COOK.
Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-99. A Narrative of the Voyage of the "Belgica" among Newly Discovered Lands, and Over an Unknown Sea about the South Pole.

Through the first Antarctic Night…
Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-99. 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, with colour frontispiece and three other coloured plates, 74 plates, and 21 illustrations and maps in the text; original blue cloth, ship image in white on front cover.

"The extraordinary services rendered by Frederick Cook"

First UK edition, first issue (with the larger lettering at base of spine); published simultaneously with and today somewhat scarcer than the New York edition, which had a different cover design. Frederick Cook joined the Belgian Antarctic Expedition as surgeon and anthropologist, in which capacity he had served on the Peary Greenland expedition, though he and Peary fell out. The expedition was caught in the ice after crossing the Antarctic circle whereupon '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… the extraordinary services rendered by Frederick Cook, upon whom the survival of the expedition had depended, were fully acknowledged. He received the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society of Belgium and a knighthood from the King' (Howgego).

First UK edition, first issue (with the larger lettering at base of spine); published simultaneously with and today somewhat scarcer than the New York edition, which had a different cover design. Frederick Cook joined the Belgian Antarctic Expedition as surgeon and anthropologist, in which capacity he had served on the Peary Greenland expedition, though he and Peary fell out. The expedition was caught in the ice after crossing the Antarctic circle whereupon '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… the extraordinary services rendered by Frederick Cook, upon whom the survival of the expedition had depended, were fully acknowledged. He received the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society of Belgium and a knighthood from the King' (Howgego).

Cook was the first to publish, beating the accounts of Gerlache and Lecointe, the expedition leaders, into print.

Provenance: Private collection (Australia)

Howgego, C24; Renard 360; Rosove 76.A3.a; Spence 311.

Condition Report: In good condition.

Price (AUD): $2,500.00

US$1,833.85   Other currencies

Ref: #4504340

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