New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930. Authors Autograph Edition, #442/1000. Octavo, xvi, 436 pages; VG-; 3/4 bound in publisher's faux vellum with light blue paper boards, gilt lettering to spine; mild rubbing and wear, primarily to head and tail of spine, spine edges, corners; top edge of text block cut, others uncut; SIGNED on Limitation page by both Byrd and the Publisher; BL consignment; shelved case 9.
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Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr., USN (1888-1957) was an American naval officer and explorer. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been the first to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole by air. However, his claim to have reached the North Pole is disputed. [wikipedia]