New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1931. Very Good in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. David Paige, painter. Signed [8.75x6in]; ix, 275 pp., 47 illustrations from photographs, two folding maps, two color illustrations by David Paige; light blue cloth cover with white lettering on front and spine, blue toned image of sledge team and skiers on end papers, top edge light blue dye; Some shelf wear with soiling, spots to covers and spine, top and bottom of sunned spine frayed, top edge faded and dusty, signed by author on title page, bookplate of Steve Fossett on front end paper; Some shelf wear to dust jacket with chips, rubbing and small closed tears to edges and corners, fading to covers and spine. [Conrad p. 253, Spence 517, Taurus 115]. Item #13652
Laurence McKinley Gould (1896-1995) was a geologist, professor, and polar explorer. In the 1920's he was part of a Greenland and Baffin Island expeditions. Richard Byrd selected him as the chief scientist and second in command of the first Little America Antarctic expedition, 1928-1930. This book is about the 2 1/5 month and 1,500 mile sledge journey to the Queen Maud Mountains. This was to provide support for Byrd's flight to the South Pole. Gould's geological discoveries during that journey were important to link Antarctica to the other continents. He returned to teach and stay involved with geological studies of the world.
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.