STEFANSSON, VILHJALMUR. 1879-1962. The Problem of Meighen Island. Intended as the Third Chapter but Suppressed in the publication of Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic. New York: Privately printed for Joseph Robinson, 1939.
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STEFANSSON, VILHJALMUR. 1879-1962. The Problem of Meighen Island. Intended as the Third Chapter but Suppressed in the publication of Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic. New York: Privately printed for Joseph Robinson, 1939.
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STEFANSSON, VILHJALMUR. 1879-1962.
The Problem of Meighen Island. Intended as the Third Chapter but Suppressed in the publication of Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic. New York: Privately printed for Joseph Robinson, 1939.
8vo (220 x 150 mm). [iv], 257-328 pp. Illustrations. Unbound gatherings. Housed in quarter morocco clamshell case. Title lightly worn and dust-soiled and with a repair to blank margin.

PRIVATELY PRINTED LIMITED EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, no 112 of 300 copies. This copy inscribed and signed by the author on the title, "For Palmer Putnam, some escapist reading from his old friend / Vilhjalmur Stafansson / June 26 '43." The Explorers Club declined to print this chapter in Unsolved Mysteries as they feared a libel action from Frederick Cook. Stefansson's friend Robinson undertook the printing instead and half the copies went to him and half to Stefansson for distribution among their colleagues. Palmer Cosslett Putnam [1900-1984] is a known correspondent of Steffanson. He was both a wind-power pioneer and sometime President of G.P. Putnam Sons publishing company.
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