Akron: The Saalfield Publishing Co., n.d. (1910). First edition. Hardcover. 4to. unpaginated ((12pp). Red cloth spine, glazed pictorial upper board, drab lower board. Chromolithographed in Bavaria. Four color lithographed pages facing a page of text, and each of the four color pages contains a three-dimensional scene that can be propped to stand on its own. All relate to a ship expedition to the North pole and show the American ship leaving harbor, an Eskimo hunt, complete with igloo, the American planting the flag at the North Pole with an airship in the background. The final scene shows the Americans heading home but only after resuing the passengers in the stricken airship.
In 1909 Walter Wellman attempted to fly an airship to the North Pole but was forced down by bad weather; meanwhile, Robert Perry succeeded in reaching the Pole in the same year. This title is clearly the story of those trips.
The book is undated but 'Publisher's Weekly' notes its publication in September, 1910.
The pages have been guarded on the inner margin, and there has been some strengthening of the pop-ups, especially at the corners. The board corners are worn and there is light soil. In spite of these faults it is in near very good condition and quite rare. Not found in Montanaro.
. Very good. Item #20807