1925 The Adventure of Wrangel Island
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An Important Work, First Edition, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Pleasing Copy, Publishers' Original Binding, Signed
The first edition of this work by Vilhjalmur Stefansson.
Inscribed and signed by Stefansson to the title page "Inscribed for SD Green by Vilhjalmur Stefansson," dated January 1927.
With the collaboration of John Irvine Knight and Errol Lorne Knight, whose diary was the base for this narrative.
The remarkable account of the Wrangel Island fiasco, which helped in labelling Stefansson as arguably the most controversial Arctic explorer.
Indeed, in 1921 Stefansson had encouraged and organised an expedition for four young men to colonise Wrangel Island in north Siberia, being Frederick Maurer, E. Lorne Knight, Milton Galle, and Allan Crawford; Due to inexperience and inappropriate equipment, they all perished. The only survivor was Ada Blackjack, a Inuk woman taken with them as a cook who had strong survival skills, and the expedition cat. Blackjack wasn't rescued until 1923.
The raising of the British flag on Wrangel Island, not approved by the government, also caused an international incident as Wrangel Island was an acknowledged Russian territory.
Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps, with one folding map to the rear. Collated, complete.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally sound with slight shelfwear and minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine as well as to the extremities. Slight damp marking to the front and rear boards. Inscribed and signed by Stefansson to the title page "Inscribed for SD Green by Vilhjalmur Stefansson," dated January 1927. Internally, firmly bound with hinges slightly loose to the front board. Pages are generally bright and clean throughout with only a minor faint tide mark to the lower right extremity to the first and last few leaves, not affecting the text. Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps, with one folding map to the rear. Collated, complete.
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