THE LAND OF THE LONG NIGHT.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of life in the far northern Arctic regions of Scandinavia - Lapland, the Swedish and Norwegian Mountains, and the Arctic Ocean - where the sun is not seen for 67 days, creating a long night ruled by the moon, the stars and the aurora borealis - written for older children (or "dear Young Folks" as Du Chaillu greets them in his introduction.) Illustrated by M.J. Burns with a frontispiece of Du Chaillu on skis and 23 inserted glossy plates. An association copy INSCRIBED by Du Chaillu on the front endpaper to his niece "To Marie, With the great love of her uncle, Paul" and signed in full and dated October 18, 1899. Uncommon thus. 266 pp plus 4 pp of publisher's advertisements.
Condition: Good condition overall in decorative drab green cloth with gilt lettering and an illustration of a reindeer pulling a sleigh (both hinges cracked, some fraying to the cloth at the ends of the spine. (Although the binding is unsigned, it has been attributed to the Decorative Designers.)