A Negro Explorer at the North Pole

Written by
Henson, Matthew A., American, 1866 - 1955
Washington, Booker T., American, 1856 - 1915
Peary, Robert E., American, 1856 - 1920
Published by
Frederick A. Stokes Company
Photograph by
Henson, Matthew A., American, 1866 - 1955
ink on wove paper and cardboard
H x W x D: 7 11/16 × 5 1/4 × 1 3/16 in. (19.5 × 13.4 × 3 cm)
A hardcover first edition of A Negro Explorer at the North Pole, a memoir written by explorer Matthew Henson about his early 20th century international seafaring artic expeditions. There is a forward written by Robert E. Peary and an introduction written by Booker T. Washington. The book is protected by an off-white covered dust jacket.
From top to bottom, with a halftone relief headshot of Matthew Henson, it reads: [A NEGRO EXPLORER / AT THE / NORTH POLE / By MATTHEW HENSON / With forward by Robert E. Peary / and introduction by Booker T. Washington / THIS IS the book of the foremost explorer of his race, the negro / who stood at the North Pole with Peary. / It is interesting not only because it tells of the noteworthy / achievement of a negro rising from great handicaps, / whom Peary trusted with many important responsibili- / ties, but also because in his own entertaining manner / Henson gives an extremely interesting account of the ex- / pedition, with sidelights on Eskimo life and Arctic cus- / toms, concerning which his knowledge is without peer. / It is a unique addition to the literature of exploration, and should stand / beside Peary’s “The North Pole” and Borup’s “A Tenderfoot with Peary.” / With 7 illustration from photographs. $1.00 net. / Publishers – FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY – New York].
The spine of the book repeats the front cover title, author, and publisher information.
There are 218 pages total, and seven black-and-white halftone-relief images depicting Henson, Eskimos, Camp Jessup, and the Roosevelt. The interior of the dust jacket features publisher advertisement synopses of Robert E. Peary’s books about the arctic. The uncovered book is constructed of a marled blue fabric featuring the same halftone relief headshot of Henson as on the paper sleeve. The title and author name are printed in bold white uppercase on the front cover and spine. The back cover of the book reads “NEW FICTION” at the top, below which are advertised three novels and their synopses, published by the Frederick A. Stokes Company of New York.
Place depicted
North Pole, Arctic
Greenland, Cape Morris Jessup, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
relief halftones
hardcover books
Race relations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain