A DIARY KEPT WHILE WITH THE PEARY ARCTIC EXPEDITION OF 1896

First edition, first printing. Extensive manuscript corrections and excisions by the author throughout. Octavo. Original grey cloth with titles in gilt to the upper board. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Illustrated with a frontispiece map and one photographic plate. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little chipping to the head of the spine, wear to the corners and marking to the boards. The lightly-toned contents with a little cracking to the front hinge are otherwise in very good order.

Privately printed and distributed by the author, this first issue of 80 pages is heavily revised in manuscript by Hoppin. The first edition was notably error-filled, prompting a second issue of 83 pages, as well as a further second edition. A similar copy with Hoppin's own manuscript corrections is held by the Widener Library, Harvard, suggesting that Hoppin hand-corrected examples of the first issue prior to distribution. Hoppin served as Peary's mineralogist during the Arctic Expedition of 1896, the purpose of which was to search for minerals, fossils, a previously spotted meteorite, and to visit Greenland. The expedition set out in the 'Hope', sailing from St. John's under Commander Peary and Captain John Bartlett of Brigus, with several experts from different fields and a crew largely comprised of Newfoundlanders. Hoppin kept a day-to-day account of the voyage, including thorough scientific observations, as presented here, his engaging narrative - documenting the expedition's journey, activities and daily life, as well as the geography of the area and including much on the local Inuit population - forming one of the lesser known accounts of this important polar expedition. (Arctic Bib. 7401).

Stock code: 20393

£1,950

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