Cook, Frederick A. (Frederick Albert), 1865-1940
[ANTARCTICA] Vers le pôle sud : l’expédition de la Belgica, 1897-1899
Adaptation française par A.L. Pfinder. Paris : Ernest Flammarion, [1902?]. Octavo, half-textured morocco over gilt-lettered cloth (edges rubbed), pp. [viii]; 320, folding map, photographic plates; a little shaken, but a good copy..
An account of the Belgian expedition of 1897-99, which was the first to spend the winter in Antarctica. While icebound in total darkness, the under-provisioned crew, afflicted by scurvy, were forced to eat penguins and seals. Several members of the expedition went insane, and de Gerlache became too sick with scurvy to carry out his duties. Joint command of the ship was assumed by none other than Roald Amundsen, the first mate, together with Frederick Cook, the expedition’s doctor. Eventually, in March 1899, the “Belgica” escaped the ice after a channel to the open sea was part dug, part dynamited. The expedition had collected important meteorological data throughout its sojourn in the ice, and on returning to Belgium the crew were feted as heroes.
Only one copy of the 1st French edition is recorded in Australian collections (State Library of New South Wales).
Denucé 2112. Not in Rosove.