Nov 17, 2016 - Sale 2432

Sale 2432 - Lot 52

Price Realized: $ 625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(ARCTIC.) Vilhjalmur Stefansson's correspondence file with the Nomad Lecture Bureau. 140 items, including 41 Letters Signed from Stefansson to the Bureau, 97 typescript carbons of the Bureau's letters to Stefansson plus related letters, and 2 booking calendar sheets; many of the Stefansson letters marked up in pencil, with paper clip marks and minor wear. (MRS) Vp, 1925-28

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Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962) was a renowned Arctic explorer, raised in Canada. By 1925, he had retired from active exploration, but was a popular author and lecturer. Ernest C. Eyer's Nomad Lecture Bureau worked closely with Stefansson in promoting his career. Stefansson's 41 letters to Eyer discuss bookings, contract arrangements, and other prospective speakers, sometimes at length. On 28 February 1926, he announced a booking in Salt Lake City with the assurance of the "exceptionally strong support I happen to have from the Mormon Church." His 28 June 1926 letter discusses a disagreement with fellow explorer Roald Amundsen about the existence of blonde Eskimos at Prince Albert Sound.