Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1928. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition, 2nd Printing. [8.25x5.5in]; 324 pp., frontispiece image of Amundsen, 31 images on plates, one folding map of route, index; Light blue cloth covers with embossed black lettering on front and spine, all edges trimmed; Minimal edge wear with a spot of rubbing and small fraying on bottom edge and top and bottom of spine, spine slightly faded; Cream dust jacket with black lettering on front and spine, color illustration of Norge airship over the polar ice, images of Amundsen on back; Some wear to dust jacket on all edges and corners, small chips to top and bottom of spine and closed tears at front joint and bottom front edge, spine darken. Item #13506
Roald Amundsen ( 1872-1928), after the 1910-12 expedition to the South Pole, continued polar exploration in the Arctic with an 1918-20 voyage through the Northeast Passage. In 1925, he teamed with Lincoln Ellsworth, who provided the funding and participated, to fly and land at the North Pole from Svalbard Is. in flying boats. Due to navigation errors and fuel consumption, they landed short of the Pole. The use of an the Italian Norge Dirigible from Spitzbergen to Alaska was the second attempt to fly over the North Pole in 1926. At the same time, the Americans, Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett apparently succeeded to fly to the North Pole a few days before and there is controversy on how successful they were.
Lincoln Ellsworth (1880-1951) was a wealthy benefactor of the American Museum of Natural History and explorer. He funded the 1925 Amundsen-Ellsworth Polar Flight and this transpolar flight in the Dirigible Norge in 1926. In the 1930's, he participated in four flying expeditions to Antarctica and made significant discoveries of mountain ranges and land.
On May 12, 1926, at 1:30 in the morning, and after a flight of 27 hours from Spitzbergen, they confirmed they were over the North Pole. After dropping American, Norwegian and Italian flags they continued on for another 48 hours to land in Alaska.