Discovery â€” Deluxe Limited Edition
The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition
Signed by R E Byrd
By Byrd, Richard, Rear Admiral, U.S.N., Ret.,
New York: G.P. Putnamâ€™s Sons, 1935, First Edition Deluxe Limited and signed Issue â€” this being copy #175. 1st printing, 8vo â€“ 25.1cm. [xxi], (1), 405pp â€“ rough cut edges and this copy un-trimmed. Appendix, Indexed, maps and over 100 photographic illustrations, gilt speckled end leaves, publisherâ€™s Â¾ blue cloth and vellum boards with bright gilt ruling; bright gilt title and ruling on lightly darkened spine cloth. A Near Fine and complete copy. Conrad p291, Spence 229, Taurus 119.
Combining the most primitive means and the most modern while traveling by ship, dog team and airplane, Admiral Byrd and his men penetrated to the very heart of the Antarctic. In all, twenty two branches of science profited from the discoveries during this expedition. Among the numerous firsts that resulted were: the Antarctic ice cap was tapped by seismic soundings and the depth of the ice determined; on the rim of the polar plateau 180 miles from the South Pole, a sledging party discovered the petrified remnants of semi-tropical vegetation, and on the glacierized slopes of the Edsel Ford Range another party discovered a rare profusion of Antarctic flora hinting of mineral wealth and microscopic life. A well-written and informative first person account.