The Record of an Antarctic Sledge Journey
Signed and inscribed by Laurence Gould
By Gould, Laurence
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1931. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo â€“ 22.0cm. [ix]. 275pp. Index. Color frontis piece, 43 black-and-white photographic images â€” many of which are full-page plates, color plates and including 2 full-page diagrams and one full-page map; one fold-out map; photographic end leaves. Publisherâ€™s blue cloth with white titles on cover and spine. Taurus 115.
First person narrative by Laurence Gould who during 1928 to 1930 he accompanied Admiral Richard E. Byrd on Byrd’s first expedition to Antarctica, serving as the expedition’s chief scientist and second-in-command. On November 4, 1929 Gould and five companions began a grueling 2Â½ month, 1500-mile dog-sledge journey into the Queen Maud Mountains, with the primary purpose of providing ground support and possible emergency assistance for Byrd’s historic first airplane flight over the South Pole and a secondary purpose of conducting the first geological and glaciological survey of an area that Gould called “a veritable paradise for a geologist.” After the successful flight over the Pole in November 1929, Gould and his companions climbed Mount Fridtjof Nansen to investigate its geology. The layered sandstones that Gould found in outcrops at the mountain’s peak helped confirm that Antarctica was linked geologically to the Earth’s other continents. This is a very well-written and informative narrative â€” one of the most interesting and engaging I have read.
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