a superb association copy
MIKKELSEN, Ejnar Conquering the Arctic Ice. London, William Heinemann, 1909.
8vo. Original grey cloth with image of polar bear in white to upper cover, lettered in gilt and black, top edge gilt; pp. xviii, 470; illustrations from photographs, one sketch map, one folding map, one chart; minimal bumping to corners, rear hinge strengthend, otherwise near fine.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the author to Erik Semmy Henius 'in friendship' (see below). In 1906-7, Mikkelsen and Ernest Leffingwell led the Anglo-American Polar Expedition to north Alaska and northwestern Canada. The party wintered over at Flaxman island, and made several sledging trips over the ice of the Beaufort Sea in search of new land. Among the members of the team was a young Vihjalmur Stefansson.
Provenance: Mikkelsen isncribed this copy to the Danish Consul in several cities of the Russian Empire Erik Semmy Henius. Erik S. Henius Land on Greenland was named after him after he had sponsored part of the Danish Greenland expedition of 1906 to 1908 led by Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen. Opposite the inscription is a fine etched bookplate for Adolf Fischer by Hubert Wilm, who was affiliated with the Munich Secession. The book then remained in the Fischer family until recently (a later Fischer's name on rear fly-leaf).
Arctic Bibliography 11421.