Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Fine. First Edition, 2nd Printing. [10x7in]; vii, , 700 pp., 27 maps and 4 graphs, 29 illustrations and images, 3342 entries, bibliography, index; Light blue coated paper covers with black lettering on front and spine, illustration of Antarctic continent and surrounding continents on front, description of book on back cover; No condition issues to note, Steve Fossett bookplate on front end paper. Item #13594
Robert K Headland was a senior associate of the Scott Polar Research Insatiate at the University of Cambridge until his retirement in 2005. His principal interests involve historical geography and associated studies. Specifically, his work concerns human effects on Polar Regions, especially the smaller islands and archipelagos. Archival details and other historical records – from the earliest expeditions to recent events – have allowed him to provide data for studies of long periods of climatic variation, and glaciological and biological changes in the Polar Regions. he is an author of many scholarly research papers and books. This chronological listing of expeditions and events is not a bibliography, however, it is an excellent review of Antarctic geography, governance and involvement of nations, and chronology of activities relating to Antarctica from 700 BC to 1988. A great reference source as a companion to other related bibliographies.
Steve Fossett (1944-2007) was a successful commodities trader and an adventurer that set world records in balloons, sailboats, gliders and unique powered aircraft. In 2002, he was the first person to solo circumnavigate the world in a balloon, uninterrupted and unrefueled. He was an accomplished pilot that, in 2005, made a solo nonstop unrefueled flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer sponsored by Richard Branson. In the 1980's Fossett began developing a library collection of books on adventure and exploration to be housed in his Carmel, California vacation home. He enlisted the services of an experienced bookseller to assist him in building a 2,000 plus volume collection focusing on significant and authoritative accounts of aeronautics, polar, Asia, Australasia, circumnavigation's, mountaineering and others. In September, 2007, Fossett disappeared on a solo flight in a light aircraft over the eastern Sierra Mountains along the California and Nevada border. An extensive search was conducted and the wreckage was found by hikers a year later along the rugged Mt. Ritter range in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Madera County, about 10 miles east of Yosemite National Park.