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NANSEN Fridjof - Autograph Letter Signed 1889 after his return from the crossing of Greenland

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Fridjof NANSEN (1861-1930)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Fridjof Nansen”) to “Herr Direktor”, thanking him for an unforgettable evening in Copenhagen.
1¼ pages 8vo on conjoined leaves, in Danish, Kristiania, 17 June 1889. 
Nansen thanks the unnamed gentleman on behalf of himself and his comrades with [Trans:] “heartfelt greetings and thanks for the unforgettable evening [he] prepared in Copenhagen . . . Herewith I send you the photograph [not present] as a memento.”
Five years before he embarked on his expedition towards the North Pole, Nansen had decided on an attempt to cross Greenland, travelling through the hitherto unexplored interior. Leaving Iceland in June 1888, Nansen and his team were finally able to land on the east coast of Greenland in August of that year, later than they had hoped. The delay meant that they were eventually forced to cross Greenland further south than originally intended, taking a shorter route, but their arrival two months later at Godthaab, on the west coast, bringing with them scientific observations of the unknown interior, was greeted with congratulations and acclaim.
There were no sailings from the remote port of Godthaab during the winter, and Nansen and his companions remained there until the spring. They finally arrived in Copenhagen in late May 1889, to be greeted with celebrations in their honour; a week later, they were back in Kristiania [now Oslo] to even greater jubilation over their exploit.

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