First Edition of Richard E. Byrd's Alone; Inscribed by Him
BYRD, Richard E.
Item Number: 95165
New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1938.
First trade edition of Byrd’s account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Louis Schlosse R.E. Byrd.” Laid in is a collection of articles related to Byrd including an obituary. In near fine condition, bookplate and ownership signature of the recipient. Decorations by Richard E. Harrison.
Admiral Byrd here chronicles his second expedition to Antarctica, undertaken in October 1933. “His goals were additional geographical exploration and the study of meteorological conditions in winter. When sufficient supplies were not stockpiled before the onset of winter, he decided to remain at the advance base alone to conduct the meteorological observations.” That winter Byrd nearly perished “but was rescued by members of a meteorite observation team who set out when Byrd’s messages became erratic and confused after five months in isolation… The ordeal had a lasting effect on Byrd. His book Alone is a record of his experience” (DAB).