Lieutenant Danenhowers Narrative of the “Jeannette.”
Danenhower, Lieutenant (John Wilson).
James R. Osgoood, ( 1882), Boston
19.5 cm. x, (2), 102 pp. b/w plates, ills in text.
First edition of a scarce and collectible book. Danenhower was a Naval Academy graduate who secured a position aboard DeLongs Jeanette for her 1879 Arctic expedition. In the course of the voyage he contracted a severe eye infection (i.e., syphilis) and became unfit for duty. (The frontispiece portrait in this pamphlet shows him wearing his dark glasses.) In 1881 the ship was crushed in the ice and abandoned by her crew, who fought their way – with boats – over the ice toward the Lena Delta. In the course of their escape attempt the crew suffered great loss of life. Traumatized by this incident, his increasing disability, and later reverses in his naval career, Danenhower committed suicide in 1887. His account of the Jeanette expedition initially appeared as a newspaper story. This is the first book appearance. Arctic Bib. 3643. Bound in original printed wrappers showing light wear. Text and plates are clean and fresh.