First edition of Edward Allcard's Temptress Returns; from the library of adventurer and explorer Steve Fossett
ALLCARD, Edward C.
Item Number: 115755
London: Putnam & Co., Ltd, 1952.
First edition of English yachtsman Edward C. Allcard’s detailed account of his second solo trip across the Atlantic aboard the yawl Temptress. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, frontispiece, illustrated. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fosset was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Good in a good dust jacket. Jacket design by Jean Main.
Temptress Returns offers a detailed account of Allcard's second single-handed crossing of the Atlantic, this time crossing eastward. "Mr. Allcard has no small adventure to relate. But what was hardly to be expected was that he should tell the great tale so charmingly. There is something to please on every page" (The Field).