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.

By: Cook Frederick A.

Price: £295.00

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Book Condition: xxiv, 478pp, original front and rear boards, corner tips worn, professionally recased with new leather spine so a tight secure copy, exlibrary, numerous small ink stamps but not on the front of plates otherwise clean internally, complete with all plates and maps, Good.


The American physician, Frederick Cook, joined the expedition at the last minute when the first surgeon pulled out. Amundsen wrote reverently of Cook’s contributions during the arduous Antarctic winter, ‘He, of all the ship’s company, was the one man of unfaltering courage, unfailing hope, endless cheerfulness, and unwearied kindness…. And not only was his faith undaunted, but his ingenuity and enterprise were boundless’. For many years Cook’s account was the principal one available in English, as Gerlache’s was only translated in 1998, and Lecointe’s book, was published in 1904 but only in very limited numbers. Cook’s account is far superior to the other two from both literary and informational viewpoints. His narrative is certainly one of the finest and most interesting from any Antarctic expedition. Until this expedition on the Belgica Antarctic expeditions took place during the summer months and he captures the mood and emotions of mankind’s first entry into a south polar winter beyond the Antarctic Circle.

Title: 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.

Author Name: Cook Frederick A.

Categories: Polar,

Edition: 1900 First Edition

Publisher: William Heinemann: 1900

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: xxiv, 478pp, original front and rear boards, corner tips worn, professionally recased with new leather spine so a tight secure copy, exlibrary, numerous small ink stamps but not on the front of plates otherwise clean internally, complete with all plates and maps, Good.

Seller ID: 57181

Keywords: POLAR SOUTH - polar exploration mountaineering alpinism bergsteigen antarctic antarctica south pole discovery travel amundsen antarktis antarctique polaire belgica