Wellington, NZ: R. E. Owen, Government Printer, 1964. Very Good in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. [9.75x6.5in]; 435 pp., 20 plates with 81 images, 20 in color, appendices and index; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering and printer device on spine, maps on both front and back end papers, all edges trimmed; Pictorial dust jacket with black lettering on front, spine and back, color image of dog sledge team on the ice; Minor shelf wear to edges and corners, covers soiled with a few small stain spots, front hinge loose, bookplates of Frederick I. Ordway,III and Steve Fossett on front end papers; Some shelf wear to dust jacket with soiling, rubbing, small chips and closed tear to edges and corners. [Conrad p.396, Spence 582]. Item #13657
A. S. Helm was a part of the Ross Sea committee in support of Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary's Trans-Antarctic expedition 1955-1958. This expedition was one of many that part of the International Geophysical Year research projects (July 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958). Over 70 countries and organizations sent teams primarily to the Antarctic, Arctic and other remote areas in the world to coordinate collection of scientific data and discovery. During this 1957, the United States established the Scott-Amundsen South Pole base as a permanent station and the Soviet Union launched the first orbiting satellite.
Frederick Ordway (1927-2014) was an American space scientist and author of several books on rocketry and space exploration. He was hired early on by NASA to work with Werner von Braun at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL on rocket development.
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.