New York: Century Co., 1911. Octavo. Item #027433
453 pages. Inscribed and signed by the author to R.R. Kingsley. The photographs were taken by the sportsman who spent a year hunting with a tribe of Eskimos. Photographs depict Whitney and the Eskimos on big game hunts and their daily struggles for survival in the rugged Arctic terrains. Harry Whitney (1873-1936) was a wealthy American sportsman, a descendant of the Eli Whitney family of New Haven, Connecticut. Whitney first traveled to the far northern Arctic for sport in 1908-09, on the ship carrying Robert Peary's expedition to the North Pole in the spring of 1908. While Peary and his rival Frederick Cook assaulted the Pole, Whitney hunted musk ox, polar bears, walrus, and other arctic game, and wintered over with the Inuit. In the spring of 1909 he encountered Frederick Cook, who claimed to have reached the Pole, and left some luggage in Whitney's care as he raced south to report his triumph. When Peary arrived later in the summer, he offered Whitney a ride home, but refused to bring Cook's luggage. Whitney thus became embroiled in the controversy over who achieved the Pole first, since Cook claimed his proofs were in the baggage. The original photographs from the book are in the Special Collections at the University of Chicago. Bound in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt, small illustrated pastedown mounted under title, spine gilt, corners bumped or worn through, light wear to spine ends, rear inner hinge is cracked but still holding quite well.