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OUR POLAR FLIGHT: THE AMUNDSEN-ELLSWORTH POLAR FLIGHT 1925 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Amundsen, Roald and Lincoln Ellsworth
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New York, Dodd, Mead and Co., 1925, 1st edition. 381 pp., with 60 photographic illustrations including frontispiece plate. Original gilt-stamped navy cloth hardcover with aircraft N25 embossed on front cover, title to spine. Untrimmed fore-edge. cracked and repaired rear hinge and a bit of wear at top and bottom of spine and corners. A very nice copy. Near Fine. 

Ellsworth's "father owned coal mines and was a millionaire, and Ellsworth offered Amundsen economic assistance in exchange for a place on Amundsen's next expedition. His father agreed to give the necessary funds for the purchase of the two German Dornier Wal machines, registered as N24 and N25. Together with the Aviation Society an administering company was formed with the name The Norwegian Aviation Society Ltd for Amundsen-Ellsworth's Polar Flight 1925." In 1925 they "attempted to fly to the North Pole with five others in two aircrafts, the N24 and the N25. They started from Ny-lesund, Svalbard, on 21 May 1925 and flew side by side to 8743' N, where they landed on leads in the drift ice after more than eight hours in the air. N24 had been damaged on take-off and it was now obvious that the plane could not be flown again. The six men struggled for 3 weeks to create a take-off strip on the drift ice. On 15 June Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen managed to get N25 into the air with all six men on board. They landed off the north coast of Svalbard and were able to hitch a ride back to Ny-Alesund with a small ship which was in the area by chance. There were huge celebrations when the men returned to the capital." - From The Fram Museum description

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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