A Diary kept while with the Peary Arctic Expedition of 1896 [caption title]. Benjamin Hoppin.
A Diary kept while with the Peary Arctic Expedition of 1896 [caption title]
A Diary kept while with the Peary Arctic Expedition of 1896 [caption title]
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A Diary kept while with the Peary Arctic Expedition of 1896 [caption title].

[New Haven, Ct.]: [1897].

Privately-published first edition, first issue. With manuscript corrections and excisions by the author throughout. 80pp., plus one photographic plate and frontispiece map. 8vo. Publisher's grey cloth, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt. Minor wear and soiling Arctic Bib. 7401. Item #321014

Privately-printed and distributed by the author, this first issue of 80-pages is heavily revised in manuscript Hoppin's hand. The first edition was notably error-filled, prompting a second issue of 83-pages as well as a further second edition. A similar example with author's corrections is held by the Widener Library, Harvard, suggesting that Hoppin hand corrected examples of the first issue before distributing.

Hoppin's narrative is one of the lesser known accounts of Peary's landmark polar expedition. "Contains notes of personnel of Peary's and other parties, and day-to-day record, July 15-Sept. 26, 1896, of the voyage of the steamship Hope (Captain John Bartlett) from Sydney, Nova Scotia, by Big Island in Hudson Straight, the West Greenland coast, to Meteor Island in Melville Bay off Cape York, and the coast of Hayes Peninsula; the record includes notes on the weather (mainly air and sea temperatures), descriptions of the localities visited, sites of previous expeditions' winterings, etc., efforts of Peary's party (of which the author was a mineralogist) to remove meteorite, and work of other parties...." - Arctic Bibliography.

The present 80-page first issue is considerably more scarce than the corrected 83-page second issue.

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