London: Methuen & Company Limited, 1934. Very Good. First Edition. [7.5x5.25in]; xi, 289 pp., 1-8 pp. advertisements, frontispiece image of McGuinness, 7 plates with 10 images, appendices and index; Blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine all edges trimmed; Minor shelf wear to edges and corners with some rubbing and wear, pencil, ink marks and some spots on front and rear end paper, rear hinge loose, book plate of Steve Fossett on front end paper. Item #13642
Charles John ‘Nomad’ McGuinness (1893-1947) was an Irish adventurer, author, and sailor supposed to have been involved with a myriad of acts of patriotism and nomadic impulses. His history is shrouded in myths and mystery, making many of its details authority questionable. (from Wikipedia). McGuinness was the 1st Mate of the 'Eleanor Bolling', the support ship for the first Byrd expedition, 'Little America' to the Bay of Whales on the Ross Ice Shelf. A portion of the book includes his adventures on that expedition.
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.