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LITTLE AMERICA: AERIAL EXPLORATION IN THE ANTARCTIC THE FLIGHT TO THE SOUTH POLE R.E. Byrd 1930 3rd imp Hardcover Fine
By Byrd, Richard E.
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New York, 1930, 1st edition or 3rd impression. 429 pp, b/w photos, illustrated end papers, portrait frontispiece, 55 pages of plates (69 illustrations in all, of which 44 are full-page), 4 maps (2 folding at rear). Larger bright blue cloth hardcover with gilt titles and no dust jacket. Fine.

The official narrative of Byrd's initial Antarctic expedition. For many it marks the end of the heroic age in Antarctic exploration and its replacement by the mechanical age. The use of the airplane, the aerial camera, the radio and the snowmobile were all brought to bear on Antarctica's vastness. The book is named for the base camp 'Little America' from which Byrd conducted his expedition, setting up radio towers and airstrips, which revolutionized arctic exploration. Byrd was perhaps the most famous American polar explorer despite scandals regarding some of his heroic claims. However, many believe his introduction of aerial, snowmobile and radio technologies marked the end of the 'heroic age' of Antarctic explorations, which was replaced by the 'mechanical age.' 

Chapters: Notes from a Journal; The Plan, the Preparation and the Problem; Through the Pack; We Establish a Base; The Battle to Unload; Discovery By Flight; Discovery of a New Land to the Eastward, Incident of the Rockefeller Mountains, Winter-Birth of a City; Civilization Does Not Matter; More Plans and Preparations; The Start of the Southern Parties; The Bas-Laying Flight; Flight to the South Pole; Eastward Beyond the Horizon; Death of a City; The Geological Sledge Trip; Appendix; Index.

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