New York: Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill), 1941. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. [9.25x6.25in]; xiii, 254 pp. , photographic image by Herbert Ponting of sailing ship [Terra Nova, Scott’s 1911-12 expedition] in ice field on title page, 14 plates with photographs, 12 maps, index; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering and triton image on spine with title on bark blue field with gilt borders, top edge blue dye, map of Antarctic regions with notation of expeditions on front and rear end papers; Dark blue dust jacket with yellow-green outlined and white lettering on front and spine, ocean illustration of iceberg and sailing ship on front and spine, advertisements in blue lettering on rear; Minimal shelf wear to edges and corners, some slight darkening of text edges, bookseller blue ink stamp on front end paper; Some shelf wear and small chips to all dust jacket edges and top of spine, spine and rear cover darken with age. [Rosove 1236, Spence 883]. Item #13691
Russell Owen [1889-1952] was a journalist and writer interested in adventure and exploration. He covered the air race to the North Pole with Amundsen and was part of Byrd’s Little America I Antarctic expedition of 1928-30, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the onsite reporting of the expedition. He also wrote a book about the expedition in 1934, "South of the Sun".
This book is a good overview of Antarctic exploration from the late 1700's to early 1800's with Cook, Palmer, Wilkes to the Golden or "Heroic" Age of Antarctic exploration with European and British explorers.