Byrd, Richard E, Alone. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1938. First edition, stated fourth impression. Signed. Three-quarter red leather binding.
Presented is Richard E. Byrd's book Alone from 1938. This first edition, stated fourth impression, was presented by the Harvard Club of Boston to member Thayer Mills Mackenzie on June 16, 1939. The book is signed by the author and the signature is bold and legible. Printed out of New York by D. P. Putnam's Sons.
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 was a type of autobiography and described the "greatest Antarctic adventure of our time." The book described Byrd's polar expedition of 1934, after he had already piloted the first flights over the North and South Poles. The book, while based off of true events, was an adventure tale depicting Byrd's near death experiences and dangerous encounters in the arctic. It captivated audiences immediately upon its first release in 1938.
Byrd's Alone is presented here in its original three-quarter red leather and cloth boards with a gilt top edge. The spine features raised bands and gilt tooling with title and author information. The inside cover includes a paste-down of the Harvard Club's dedication to recipient Mackenzie from 1939. The author's signature is featured on a blank end paper in dark ink. All pages are in overall good condition, with only slight staining due to age.