London: William Heinemann, 1913.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. xviii, 399 pp, with 68 plates from photographs, folding map. Original brick red cloth, stamped in gilt on the spine, vignette in white on front board. Mild rubbing to corners, some scratches to front board, spotting to fore and bottom edges of text block. Binding sound, contents clean. Translated from the Danish. “Organizing an expedition to map out the northeast coast of Greenland to recover the bodies of Mylius-Erichsen and Lieutenant Höeg-Hagen and their records, Mikkelsen wintered 1909-10 at Shannon Island, East Greenland. His wooden ship, the Alabama, was trapped in the ice of Shannon and, while he was exploring, the rest of the party returned home on a whaler. Remaining with his engineer, Iversen, Mikkelsen succeeded by a series of hazardous sledge journeys in recovering the lost records and in disproving the existence of Peary Channel. The two explorers returned to Shannon Island to find the crew gone, but, they had salvaged timbers and planking and erected a small cottage. Mikkelsen and Iversen then spent two winters at the cottage before they were rescued, in the direst of extremities, by a Norwegian whaler in summer 1912” (Wiki). Includes remarks on the camp areas; the regions traversed; vicissitudes of travel; scurvy and the loss of dogs; sealing; hunting for polar bear, musk oxen, artic hare, and grouse; weather conditions; glaciers, etc. Arctic Bibliography 11428, 11438.