Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957).
Little America Aerial exploration in the Antarctic The flight to the South Pole. New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1930. 8 (24.2 x 160cm.) Title in blue and black, portrait frontispiece, 55 plates, 4 maps and plans, 2 folding. (Some browning as usual.) Original boards (some browning and scuffing to extremities.)
AUTHOR'S AUTOGRAPH EDITION, THIS A PRESENTATION COPY, NUMBERED 'W2', SIGNED BY BYRD AND THE PUBLISHERS. The expedition landed at the Ross Ice Shelf on Christmas Day 1928 and within a fortnight had set up their base camp 'Little America'. The first flight was made on the 15 January 1929, but flying operations were soon closed down by the onset of winter. After over-wintering, the attempt on the Pole resumed seriously on 19 November with a preliminary flight to the foot of the Axel Heiberg Glacier to leave a fuel depot for the actual flight. Four men were to make the flight: Richard Byrd, navigator; Bernt Balchen, pilot; Harold June, radio operator; and Ashley McKinley, photographer. The plane, a Ford tri-motor Floyd Bennett, took off at 3.29 p.m. on 29 November 1929, the Pole was reached at 1.14 a.m. on 30 November, and eventually landed back at Little America at 10.10 a.m.
Terra Nova. - A gold and coloured enamel charm, [1910 or later], 0.8 x 0.6cm., in the form of a small section of flag-pole flying a red ensign with a white circle containing a crown and the legend 'Terra Nova', the verso with scratched or cast mark 'XVII', otherwise unmarked. (2)