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DISCOVERY, EXPLORATION AND ADVENTURE IN SUB-ARCTIC ALASKA. THE FIRST ASCENT OF MT MCKINLEY, 1903-1906

BY FREDERICK A. COOK, MD

1908 FIRST USA EDITION

THE FAMOUS HOAX -- BUT ALSO MUCH GENUINE PRIMARY EXPLORATION


This is the first USA edition of To The Top Of The Continent: Discovery, Exploration And Adventure In Sub-Arctic Alaska. The First Ascent Of Mt McKinley, 1903-1906 by Frederick A. Cook, MD. This book was published in New York by Doubleday, Page & Company in 1908. The book measures 236mm tall x 154mm, and has 321 pages, 71 b/w photos, 12 maps & diagrams (none of route), 4 appendices. Account of Cook’s attempts on Denali & his faked first ascent, probably the greatest exposed hoax in mountaineering history. Much of the content of this book is true. Had Cook not claimed the ascent of Denali, this account of exploration would have enhanced his reputation. This includes many interesting photos (not faked).

CONDITION: Original dark green cloth, white & grey decoration front cover, TEG, gilt lettering spine. Tips of spine expertly repaired (hardly noticeable), 4cm clean thin scratch to cloth of rear cover, extreme edges front corners rubbed. Presentation bookplate to Long Island Historical Society “by L. Bertrand Smith” inside front cover, signed and dated “1909” by Smith, small blindstamp of the Society on the title page (not a circulating library). Overall nice condition with no foxing, clean pages, tight binding. Price: $400.


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