Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1993. Fine in Fine dust-jacket First Edition. Pat F Wright. Inscribed to Fossett by Bull, [10.25x7.25in]; xxx, 237 illustrations in text by Pat F. Wright, 12 maps, abbreviations, glossary, bibliography and index; Brown linen cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, all edges trimmed; Cream illustrated dust jacket with blue and brown lettering on front and spine, illustration of 'Terra Nova' under sail on front'; Blue linen cloth slipcase with blind silhouette of Wright; Minimal shelf wear with no blemishes to book, dust jacket or slipcase, tipped in color illustration of 'Terra Nova' by Bruce Clark inscribed to Steve Fossett by Bull and Wright [was used as the second frontispiece in the limited edition of this book], bookplate of Steve Fossett on front end paper. [Rosove 362, Conrad p. 193]. Item #13607
Charles Seymour Wright (1887-1975) was selected as the physicist and glaciologist by Robert Falcon Scott for the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913 on the 'Terra Nova'. Wright was admired as one of the most capable and strongest man in the expedition and was praised by Scoot and Lt. Evans. From Rosove, "After the men of Scott's party [to the South Pole] were presumed dead, it was Wright, a member of the search party eight months later [December 1912], who spotted off their line of travel the barest tip of the nearly drifted-up tent containing the bodies of Scott, Wilson, and Bowers, thus making it possible for the tragedy of the polar party and Scott's profound diary and letters to be revealed to the world."
In World War I, Wright worked for the British Army in intelligence and then 28 years in Research for the Navy. In World War II, he led the team the developed the radar system, in addition to other technical innovations. He was knighted in 1947 for his radar work and continued in naval research consulting to Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
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.