"'The De Windt Expedition' left Paris on December 19. 1901." (p. 20). From there the author travelled to Moscow and then on across Siberia, to the Bering Straits. In North America he headed for Nome, Alaska, and thence Dawson and the Klondike. The journey was partly inspired by the idea, mooted at the time, of "constructing a railway to connect ... Paris and New York." (Preface, p. [vii]). The narrative includes descriptions of the indigenous arctic peoples encountered, including the northern "Yakutes", i.e. Yakut, of Russia, the "Tchutktchis", i.e. the Chukchi, of the Bering Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, and the "Eskimos", i.e. Inuit, of Alaska.