First Crossing of the Polar Sea
By Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth
Signed and Inscribed by Lincoln Ellsworth
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1927 First Edition, [x] 324pp, Index, with 32 bw photos and a fold-out bw map. Tall 8vo, original blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and embossed title on the upper cover. A Near Fine copy with no prior ownerâ€™s name or inscription, no foxing or folds â€“ very clean inside and out. â€”Arctic Bibliography 409.
A first person narrative by Amundsen, Ellsworth, and First-Lieutenants in the Royal Norwegian Navy Riiser-Larsen and Leif Dietrichson of the planning and flight from continent to continent, via the North Pole, in May 1925. The flight was undertaken in the Italian dirigible N1 (Norge). The explorers advanced as far as 88 degrees north before being forced to turn back. This is a very well preserved copy of this important narrative. This copy Signed and Inscribed by Lincoln Ellsworth in the year of publication.