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Lot 176: Superb bold Robert E. Peary signature and inspirational quote in Latin
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
27 October 2016
Miami, FL, USA
Superb bold Robert E. Peary signature and inspirational quote in LatinLatin , penned on a 7" x 4" mounted inside his book, The North Pole. In full: "Robt. Peary, U.S.N. June 10, '07 'Inveniam viam aut faciam" ["I shall find my way or make one"].
During his 1899 expedition to reach the geographic North Pole, Robert Peary reached Fort Conger, only to have several toes snap off at the first joint because of frost bite. Bedridden for weeks while recuperating, Peary wrote on a wall," Inveniam viam aut faciam" ("I shall find a way or make one."), attributed to the Roman philosopher Seneca the Elder.
Fort Conger is a former settlement, military fortification, and scientific research post in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. It was established in 1881 as an Arctic exploration camp, notable as the site of the first major northern polar region scientific expedition, part of the US government's contribution to the First International Polar Year. American polar explorer who was the first man to attain the North Pole, arriving by sled on April 6, 1909.
7" x 9 3/4"
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