Lost in the Arctic. Being the Story of the 'Alabama' Expedition
Lost in the Arctic. Being the Story of the 'Alabama' Expedition

MIKKELSEN, Ejnar. Lost in the Arctic. Being the Story of the 'Alabama' Expedition.

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MIKKELSEN, Ejnar. Lost in the Arctic. Being the Story of the 'Alabama' Expedition. William Heinemann, 1913.

8vo. Original olive cloth, image of figure amid Arctic ice-hills blocked in silver to upper cover, lettered in silver; pp. xviii, 400; illustrations from photographs, one large folding map; this with short marginal repair, light embrowning to endpapers, otherwise fine.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the author to Erik Semmy Henius 'with thanks for everything you have done for me' (see below). In 1906, the Danish government and other Danish interests sponsored a scientific expedition to the little-explored North-East coast of Greenland. To facilitate research, the expedition split into three teams, of which one, comprising Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen (see below), N.P. Hoeg-Hagen and N.I.J. Bronlund, disappeared. In 1909, Ejnar Mikkelsen led a follow-up expedition to search for the missing men (Bronlund's body had already been discovered) and for their scientific records. Mikkelsen and Iver Iversen journeyed north towards the region explored by their predecessors and in May of 1910 came upon cairns containing records left by them on Danmark Fiord. However, the search left its toll on Mikkelsen and Iversen, who lost their dogs along with their supplies, diaries and other materials. After a series of ordeals and a long wait of more than a year, the two men were finally rescued in July 1912. Lost in the Arctic is Mikkelsen's account of the expedition and of the gruelling journeys he undertook along with Iversen in the search for their compatriots.
Provenance; Mikkelsen inscribed 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 11428.

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