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Boreal Ties : Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition

Gillis, Kim Fairley (ed)

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ISBN 10: 0826328105 / ISBN 13: 9780826328106
Edité par University Of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A., 2002
Etat : Very Good+ Couverture rigide
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232pp/illus. Inscribed by author on half-title. Has sepia photographs throughout, maps, bibliography, index, 232pp. The diaries of the two men involved in the expedition to Robert Peary in the Arctic in 1901 for supplies and search party for Peary's wife and child. Corner bumped. Text clean. N° de réf. du libraire 010862

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Titre : Boreal Ties : Photographs and Two Diaries of...

Éditeur : University Of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 2002

Reliure : Cloth

Etat du livre :Very Good+

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good+

Signé : Inscribed by the Author

Edition : 1st Edition

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In 1899 Robert Peary, exploring northern Greenland in search of the North Pole, lost seven toes to frostbite but refused to cut his exploration short to seek treatment. When his wife learned of his condition, she and their seven-year-old daughter set off in July 1900 to find Peary and persuade him to come home. The 1901 expedition documented in this fascinating new book was organized to deliver supplies to Peary and to search for his wife and child. The book comprises the annotated diaries and photographs of two participants in the expedition, Clarence Wyckoff and Louis Bement, close friends from Ithaca, New York who paid $500 each to join the voyage.

Wyckoff and Bement embarked looking forward to what twenty-first century travelers would call adventure tourism. They envisioned themselves hunting wild game, admiring and photographing magnificent scenery, and escaping the stresses of their lives as businessmen. The scenery did not disappoint, as the photographs assembled here testify, but the stress of sailing in polar seas was worse than the travelers imagined. They endured maggoty food, head lice, and hives. The ice and the incompetence of the ship’s crew threatened their lives on more than one occasion. In addition to the drama of the journey and the magnificent Arctic scenery, this travelogue is a valuable record of the American explorers’ encounters with Inuit people, many of whom are identified by name.

About the Author:

Kim Fairley Gillis is the great-granddaughter of Clarence Wyckoff. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in Arctic photography. She is an independent researcher living in Chelsea, Michigan.

Silas Hibbard Ayer III is the grandson of Louis Bement. He graduated from Middlebury College and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he is retired.

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