New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1938. Very Good in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition, 3rd Printing. [5.75x8.25”]; ix, , 296 pp., , dark blue illustrations at beginning of chapters; Dark blue cloth covers with light blue lettering on front and spine, six ruled lines above and below lettering on spine, top edge blue ink, fore edge untrimmed; Blue and white dust jacket with white lettering on front and spine, colored illustration of Antarctic landscape at the Advanced Weather Station; Minimal shelf wear to covers, some fading to top text, front cover and spine, prior owner gift card pasted to front endpaper; minor shelf wear to dust jacket edges and corners, fading to spine. Item #13242
Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) graduated from the Naval Academy in 1912 and began a Naval aviation career. The Navy supported activities to advance aviation and Byrd became a famous polar explorer that pushed the boundaries of polar aviation. In 1926, he lead a flight over the North Pole and, in 1927, the Atlantic Ocean. He lead his first expedition to Antarctica to establish the Little America base in 1928-30 and flew over the South Pole in 1929. The second expedition, Little America II in the 1933-35, set up the Bolling Advance Weather Station, 123 miles south of the base on the Ross Ice Shelf (80° 08’), to study weather conditions during the winter. The underground hut was designed for three to winter over, but Byrd decided to remain alone. This book is a very personal story of the extreme conditions, his isolation for over six months and near death through an Antarctic winter. A very good account of the stress and physical endurance of an Antarctic expedition.