As Is. Presentation copy, presented to Mrs. Herbert H. De Wilde; limited edition, numbered 1050 of an unspecified number of copies; deckled fore-edge; contains two woodcut illustrations, illustrated endpapers; covered in transparent plastic book cover; cover very lightly rubbed/bumped, lightly sunned, quite soiled/damp-stained, corners/edges/spine ends lightly rubbed/bumped, several small chips/tears at the corners/edges/spine ends; edges very lightly rubbed/bumped/soiled/sunned, faintly foxed; interior lightly age-toned throughout, light pencil erasures along the top edge of the ffep, faint soiling very lightly sprinkled throughout, light damp-staining at the rear interior flap/rear pastedown; binding tight; cover, edges and interior intact and clean, except where noted.
Limited edition of an unknown number (this, no. 390), presented to James Ford Bell, slim 8vo, unpaged; two-tone illustrations, pictorial endpapers; original stiff white wrappers printed in black and olive, yapp edges (a bit toned); near fine. "On the Eve of His Departure for the Antarctic Commander Byrd Explains Why He Attempts the Exploration of the Frozen Continent by Air and Discusses Problems He Must Solve"-title page. Two tipped-in typed letters on front and back pastedowns, both printed on Byrd Antarctic Expedition letterhead and addressed to Minnesota businessman and founder of General Mills (here addressed as the president of the Washburn Crosby Company), James Ford Bell. The first, signed by Byrd and dated May 24, 1928, thanks Bell for a contribution of $200, disconsolately adding, "As you perhaps realize, this expedition is very costly and we have been having a difficult time raising the necessary funds. I want you to know how much we appreciate your donating towards the expedition, and whatever success we have in the Antarctic you may feel that you have had a part in it." The second letter, signed by Captain H. H. Railey, Byrd's personal representative, is dated December 18, 1928, and passes along an Antarctic new year's greeting: "In a radiogram from the Ross Sea, received today, Commander Byrd has asked me to convey to you his heartiest wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. In appreciation of your support of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, a souvenir brochure [i.e., Into the Home of the Blizzard] setting forth his mission in the Antarctic will come to you shortly under separate cover. This edition is limited and numbered." Spence 225.
Into the Home of the Blizzard: Byrd's Base Ship and His Antarctic Village
by Richard Evelyn Byrd, Admiral, Russell Owen
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