An easygoing and relaxed account of the Greenland trip by three twenty-year olds including Rockwell Kent (who took the trip for painting purposes primarily) in a small vessel which was wrecked near Godthaab in the summer of 1929. Tragic in that the author was killed in a car crash the month after returning to the US. A few reading and library references are included in this adventure:
p. 69: Read ‘Ann Veronica’ aloud to us—Rockwell.
p. 95, at the Governor’s house at Godthaab: All the explorers have stayed there at various periods—Nansen, Rasmussen, MacMillan, Peary, etc. The house is beautifully appointed, with fine furniture, a large library of valuable books, many paintings and a general atmosphere of comfort.
p. 111, of Super-Governor Petersen: He is a jolly, happy, competent man, very picturesque. His wife is a wonder. He has the most complete library imaginable in such a colony, and a marvelous collection of birds.
p. 125, on the steamship taking two of them to Copenhagen and return to US (the Direction was left in Greenland for repair): The chief engineer has kindly given us some good American magazines, “Red Book,” “America,” etc. and a book. We read a great deal, but time hangs heavy. At times it seems oppressively dull.
[The original edition of 1929 was designed by T. M. Cleland with map drawn by Rudolph Ruzicka—both printers known to the author’s father.]