New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1938. Fine. First Edition. New York: Van Rees Press; Designed by Paul Johnston; decorations by Richard Harrison. Limited printing #16 of 225 [6x8.5”]; ,  limitation page, ix, , 296, , Byrd signature on limitation page, title page printed in blue and black ink with decorations by Richard Harrison; Full dark blue morocco covers with gilt lettering, ruled lines and raised bands on spine, gilt ruled borders on front and rear covers, top edge gilt and others untrimmed, gilt dentelles inside edges, blue and green marbled end papers, original blue silk ribbon marker, cord headband, printed on rag paper in dark blue ink; Negligible shelf wear, slight darkening to spine, some leaves unopened, a presentation bookplate on front flyleaf, with small patch of glue residue on preceding page, bookseller's stamp of John G. Kidd & Son, of Cincinnati, OH, on lower front end paper, tipped in handwritten presentation card and bookseller card. Overall condition is Fine for this scarce edition. [Taurus 120]. Item #13249
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.