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LITTLE AMERICA: AERIAL EXPLORATION IN THE ANTARCTIC THE FLIGHT TO THE SOUTH POLE R.E. Byrd 1930 Hardcover Near Fine-Fine 2 Copies Available
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. Book may have some foxing and former owner's gift inscription. Near Fine to 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.

One of the great explorers who caused this period to be called the Heroic Age of Exploration. The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration was an era in the exploration of the continent of Antarctica which began at the end of the 19th century, and ended after the First World War; the ShackletonRowett Expedition of 19211922 is often cited by historians as the dividing line between the "Heroic" and "Mechanical" ages. During this period the South Pole was first reached, and much of the continent's coastline was discovered and mapped, and significant areas of its interior were explored.

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