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Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition

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In 1899 Robert Peary, exploring northern Greenland in search of the North Pole, lost seven toes to frostbite but refused to cut his exploration short to seek treatment. When his wife learned of his condition, she and their seven-year-old daughter set off in July 1900 to find Peary and persuade him to come home. The 1901 expedition documented in this fascinating new book ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by University of New Mexico Press
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Katherine Kirkpatrick
Mar 05, 2016 Katherine Kirkpatrick rated it it was amazing
I used Boreal Ties by Kim Fairley Gillis (editor) to research two of my own books set in the Arctic. What an invaluable resource this book was to me, what a find! The journals contain intriguing references to Frederick Cook, Matthew Henson, Robert E. Peary, Josephine Peary (and most pertinent to my own research, Marie Peary, and the Inuk girl known as “Billy Bah”). Most importantly, the stories of these famed Arctic explorers, and the native people with whom they came in contact, are told ...more
Shelley Schanfield
Jul 09, 2016 Shelley Schanfield rated it it was amazing
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This gorgeous book is fascinating for anyone with an interest in polar exploration. The authors are the great-granddaughter of Clarence Wyckoff and the grandson of Louis Bement, two explorers who went on what was certainly one of the first instances of Arctic "adventure tourism" and got more than they bargained for when they signed on to the crew of the Erik.

The book is essentially the diaries of Wyckoff and Bement, kept amid very harsh circumstances indeed, along with stunning photographs taken
Mar 10, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
This elegant book is filled with century-old photographs of the Arctic coast of Greenland and life in the amazing world of ice floes and bergs. The descriptions and photographs are like a glimpse through a time tunnel.
The editors let the story tell itself through the journal entries of their ancestors, Clarence Wyckoff and Louis Bement. Toward the end, disputes heat up when a passenger wants to stay behind. I couldn't stop reading.
Karen Wolff
Mar 07, 2016 Karen Wolff rated it it was amazing
Amazing photos and the diaries from the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition bring to life a neglected moment in our history. BOREAL TIES is a gorgeous publication--beautiful layout and quality.
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