MIKKELSEN, Ejnar Lost in the Arctic. Being the Story of the 'Alabama' Expedition, William Heinemann, 1913.
4to. Original olive cloth, image of figure amid Arctic ice-hills blocked in blind to upper cover, lettered in silver to spine; pp. xviii, 399; illustrations from photographs, one large folding map; fading to spine, else very good, clean and fresh internally.
First English edition. 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, 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.
Arctic Bibliography 11428.