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The North Pole and Bradley Land

Author(s): Balch, Edwin Swift

Copyright: 1913, Campion, Philadelphia
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.91, (3), map, red cloth
Condition: xlib based on small indication of former label on spine & former label mark on fep, cloth tight, near fine

In 1908 Dr. Frederick Cook claimed to have discovered Bradley Land, just a few degrees further north than Robert Peary’s claimed Crocker Land. (Peary named his sighting after the San Francisco banker George Crocker, who was one of his financial backers, and Cook named his sighting after John Bradley, one of his backers.) There is, in actuality, no land in either location. Balch, a former President of the Frederick A. Cook Society, argues that Cook was the first to reach the North Pole and that confirmation of the existence of Bradley Land would help to restore Cook’s reputation and his claim to the Pole.

Most copies of Balch’s works were provided to libraries and thus bear library markings. This copy includes a 3-page Postscriptum which was written in 1916 and appears in some copies. This consists of correspondence devoted to rectifying errors in both ‘Who’s Who in America’ and ‘The New International Encyclopedia’ in which Frederick Cook is listed as a co-author of this book. Scarce.

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