RICHARD EVELYN BYRD (1888-1957)
Typed letter signed to Ms Mabel T. Pratt, Boston, Massachusetts, 2 October 1933, thanking her for a donation towards his second Antarctic expedition, 'I sincerely hope that the accomplishments of the Expedition will make us worthy of the confidence your letter expresses', one page, 4to; [together with] a collection of related printed ephemera, including:
TIDE WATER OIL COMPANY (publishers), Highlights of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition. United States of America: 1930. Large 4° (297 x 218mm.). Printed in brown, numerous illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers, printed in blue and brown (light surface damage to backstrip).
Rare ephemeral publication from the oil company which supplied the expedition with 3,300 gallons of Veedol Motor Oil, 100 pounds of Veedol Grease, 21,500 gallons of Tydol Aviation Gasoline and 1.400 gallons of Snowflake Kerosene.
Captain Ashley MCKINLEY. The South Pole Picture Book ... Containing Many Pictures never before published of Admiral Byrd's Famous Trip to the Antarctic and South Pole. New York: Samuel W. Miller, 1934. Large 4° (304 x 230mm.) Numerous illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers (backstrip torn). A rare publication containing much interesting information: 'The only vicious whale is the Killer whale ... which kills the larger Blue whale, and eats only the tongue'.
NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY (publishers). Salute to Byrd. [N.p.: n.d. but 1933?]. 4-page pamphlet (301 x 227mm.) Printed in three colours with integral illustrations. Folded.
An advertising flyer for 'Unusual NBC broadcasts to South Pole every alternate Friday'. A rare ephemeral item from the 'Little America II' expedition of 1933-1935.
with Laurence M. GOULD, 'The Ross Shelf Ice', Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 1935, inscribed by the author; W.L.G. JOERG, The Work of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, 1928-1930, 1930; two related pamphlets, a printed portrait of Byrd and a group of maps and newspaper extracts. (10)