Through the First Antarctic Night, 1898-1899. A Narrative of the Voyage of the 'Belgica' among Newly Discovered Lands and over an Unknown Sea about the South Pole
London, Heinemann, 1900.
Octavo, xxiv, 478,  (blank) pages with 19 illustrations and 4 maps plus 72 pages of plates and 4 full-page colour plates with tissue-guards. One of the maps (at page 458), and the small illustration on page 295 ('A Helpless Ship in a Hopeless Sea of Ice') do not appear in the list of illustrations; the plate listed as facing page 389 ('A Penguin's Friend') is in fact a small tailpiece on that page.
White-pictorial blue-grey cloth lightly sunned on the spine and near the rear hinge; rear cover very lightly scuffed; moderate offsetting to the endpapers; essentially a fine copy, uncut and (in a few instances) unopened.
Frederick Cook, an American physician, was 'surgeon and anthropologist' on Adrien de Gerlache's Belgian Antarctic Expedition, 1897-99 (the first one to spend a winter there, with the ship 'Belgica' trapped in ice). Cook's 'narrative is certainly one of the finest and most interesting from any Antarctic expedition. Until the voyage of the 'Belgica', Antarctic expeditions took place during the summer quarter, when conditions are their most favorable ... Cook captured the mood ... of mankind's first entry into a south polar winter beyond the Antarctic circle.... the present volume constitutes the first freestanding publication to contain an extensive photographic representation of Antarctic subjects' (Rosove). Cook was later discredited for (among other things) his claims to have been the first to reach the North Pole. Renard 359; Rosove 76.A3a (with a few variations to both of them, as noted above).