Byrd, Richard E, Alone. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1938. First edition, stated second impression. Signed by Byrd on free end paper. Octavo. Presented in quarter blue Moroccan leather and cloth binding, with gilt titles and stamps to the spine, and a new archival slipcase.
Presented is the first edition, stated second impression of Richard E. Byrd's book Alone. It was published in New York by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1938. The book is signed by the author on the first free endpage in black ink.
Rear admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an American naval officer and recipient of the United States Medal of Honor. Byrd was also known as a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Alone is an autobiographical tale of Byrd's second expedition to Antarctica, after he had already piloted the first flights over the North and South Poles. Staying alone for six months at the bottom of the world, Byrd aimed to study the meteorological conditions of Antarctica's winter.
Isolated in the polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. By the time he discovered that carbon monoxide from a defective stovepipe was poisoning him, Byrd was already engaged in a monumental struggle to save his life and preserve his sanity. This book of Byrd's near death experiences and dangerous encounters captivated audiences immediately upon its first release in 1938.
Very good condition. Octavo. Rebound in quarter blue Moroccan leather and cloth boards with raised bands, gilt titles, and gilt stamps to the spine. The author's signature is featured on a free end paper in black ink. Signature slightly faded but very legible. Interior pages are in overall good condition, with only slight toning due to age. The book is presented with a new archival slipcase with Byrd’s photograph inlaid on the front.
Dimensions: 8 1/4" H x 6 1/8" W x 1 3/8" D (Book). 8 3/4" H x 6 1/4" W x 1 7/8" D (Slipcase).