Freuchen, Peter

Uncommon signed photo of the Danish Greenland explorer, traveler and author

Price: $65.00

Description:
(1886-1957) Danish explorer, writer and traveler. Spent many years in Thule, Greenland, and established, with polar explorer Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933), the exploring station in Thule (1910) and lived with the Polar Inuit. His first wife, an Inuit woman, died in the 1921 Spanish Flu epidemic. Freuchen made his first expedition to Greenland in 1906, and then he took part in several expeditions from 1910 to 1924, often with Rasmussen. On a journey across the inland ice in 1912 he was almost killed. These experiences Freuchen recorded in “Vagrant Viking” (1953) and “I Sailed with Rasmussen” (1958). In 1932 he returned to Greenland, his expedition sponsored by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. Freuchen, who stood 6’7”, was an imposing figure, and played a major role in the film “Eskimo” (1933), which depicted the life of an Eskimo hunter and his family. In 1935, Freuchen visited South Africa, and by the end of the decade, he had traveled to Siberia. In 1938 he founded The Adventurer's Club (Eventyrernes Klub in Danish). During WW II, Freuchen was actively involved with the Danish resistance despite having lost a leg to frost bite in 1926. He was imprisoned for a time by the Germans and sentenced to death, but managed to escape to Sweden and reached the US. He was a member of the Council of the Royal Danish Geographical Society and a fellow of the American Geographical Society. Among his later, highly popular works was “Peter Freuchen's Book of the Seven Seas” (1957). Uncommon ISP, 10 x 8 matte finish bust portrait inscribed to noted collector Rev. Cornelius Greenway with sentiment and May 21 1956. Cornelius Greenway (1896-1968) immigrated to the US from Holland in 1914. During WW I, served with US Army in France, received Purple Heart and Service Medal. Started collecting autographs, inc. photographs, in late 20’s. Ordained Universalist minister 1926, served parishes in Taunton & Boston, Mass. Pastor of All Souls Church in Brooklyn, New York 1929-65, affiliated with National Association of Congregational Christian Churches 1961. IMAGE NOTE: Writing is most apparent on original photo!

Condition: Very good, light corner bends, signed on right shoulder in “busy” part of his jacket
Type:Photograph






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