Boy's Eye View of the Arctic —Signed by Rawson with dust jacket Introduction by Commander ... Boy's Eye View of the Arctic —Signed by Rawson with dust jacket Introduction by Commander ...

Boy's Eye View of the Arctic —Signed by Rawson with dust jacket Introduction by Commander Donald B MacMillan

Rawson, Kenneth Longley

Published by New York: Macmillan, 1926
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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New York: Macmillan, 1926. First Edition with un-clipped dustjacket. 8vo, pp (8), ix-xvi, (2), 142, portrait frontis+ 21 pp. black-and-white photographs, one full-page map. Publisher's blue-green cloth with black lettering on front and spine. A Near Fine copy bearing the polar bookplate and signature of the author, Kenneth L Rawson, book plate attached with period cellophane tape. With scarce un-clipped dust jacket in good+ condition with chipping at the head and foot of spine. Rawson served as cabin boy of the "Bowdoin" under Donald MacMillan during his 1925 Expedition to the Arctic and later joined MacMillan in a future Arctic expedition. Especially interesting chapters titled: (3) In the Land of Adventure; (4) A Truly Glorious Fourth and Some Very Real Fishing; (5) Through the Pack to Disaster; (6) The Heroes of Hopedale; (7) In Eskimo Land and in Trouble. This is the only first-person account in book form of MacMillan's third voyage in the 'Bowdoin' to Etah, in 1925, as escort to the U.S.S. Peary under Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennet who were headed north with three Navy amphibian planes. The plan was to establish an air base at Etah and another on Ellesmere Island for a flight to the Pole. There were several setbacks, and 15-year-old Rawson, MacMillan's cabin boy, was instrumental in ironing out some of the trouble. He gives a very mature account of it all, the cruise along the rugged Labrador and Greenland coasts, the dangerous passage through the middle ice of Melville Bay, descriptions of the places made famous by the early Arctic explorers, and the arrival at Etah where some of Peary's Eskimos still lived. Byrd assembled his planes here and made some exploratory flights to the westward but was unable to reach the Pole that year. (He did it next year via Spitzbergen.) The epilogue of the story is that Rawson went with MacMIllan on his next three voyages, was the navigator on Byrd's second Antarctic expedition, received the Navy Cross, became Editor-in Chief at Putnam's, and served in the Navy during World War II as Lt.-Commander in the Pacific. Bookseller Inventory # SSX.414

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Title: Boy's Eye View of the Arctic —Signed by ...

Publisher: New York: Macmillan

Publication Date: 1926

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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