Carbondale, ILL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987. Fine in Fine dust-jacket Second Edition. Inscribed to Fossett by Watson, [9.5x6.5in]; xx, 331 pp., 32 illustrations and images, 17 maps, appendices and index; Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, all edges trimmed, dark brown end papers; Dust jacket color image of cave explorers with red and light brown lettering on front, black lettering on red spine, black lettering book review on red back; Minimal shelf wear with no blemishes, inscription by Richard A. Watson "For Steve Fossett from Red, The view from below- way below", bookplate of Steve Fossett on front end paper. Item #13606
This is the story of the history and exploration of the cave systems in Mammoth Cave National Park.
Steve Fossett (1944-2007) was a successful commodities trader and an adventurer that set world records in balloons, sailboats, gliders and unique powered aircraft. His 2,000 + book collection included significant and authoritative accounts of aeronautics, polar, Asia, Australasia, circumnavigation's, mountaineering and others. In 2007, Fossett disappeared on a solo flight in a light aircraft over the eastern Sierra Mountains along the California and Nevada border. 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.