Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic -- the Flight to the South Pole
Signed by Richard Byrd
By Byrd, Richard E.
New York: G P Putnamâ€™s Sons, 1930, 1st trade edition, 1st impression, sm4to â€“ 24.2 cm. [xvi], 422pp â€“ deckle (uncut) edges, sepia frontispiece of Byrd, 69 black-and-white photographs, 4 maps â€“ including two foldout â€“ all in excellent condition. Publisherâ€™s royal blue cloth cover and spine with bright guilt titles and decorations, exterior is in Fine condition showing no wear or sun fading. Interior is also in Fine condition with no prior ownership markings, tight hinges, no foxing, folds or tears â€” pages are clean and crisp. Overall a very clean and sold copy in Near Fine condition with Good+ unclipped dust jacket â€” signed by Byrd below his frontispiece portrait.
In Byrdâ€™s words, â€śwe were, for the most part, strangers. Men from all walks of life, millionaires, sons and adventurers, a college professor and a former gun-runner, scientists and aviatorsâ€ť — they scarcely knew one another when they began, but they fought one of the toughest battles still reserved for man on the last continent that held adventure. Little America is a very thorough and well-written first person narrative of this very significant Antarctic expedition. The expedition discovered a part of Antarctica now known as Marie Byrd Land, the Rockefeller and Ford mountain ranges, and the 10,000-foot La Gorce Mountain. Some 150,000 square miles of territory was photographed. In June 1930 the expedition returned to New York to a hero’s welcome.
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