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REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/26/1952 - HFSID 273062

TLS: "Richard E Byrd", 1p, 7¼x10½. Boston, Massachusetts, 1952 July 26. On letterhead of Byrd Polar Expeditions to Mrs. J.E. Rogers, Brattleboro, Vermont. In full: "I have just returned here, to find the book you sent me.…"

Price: $375.00

Condition: Lightly creased
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RICHARD E. BYRD. TLS: "Richard E Byrd", 1p, 7¼x10½. Boston, Massachusetts, 1952 July 26. On letterhead of Byrd Polar Expeditions to Mrs. J.E. Rogers, Brattleboro, Vermont. In full: "I have just returned here, to find the book you sent me. It is most thoughtful of you to think of me in this connection, and I appreciate it greatly. I find the book on the Polar Seas and Regions, which is 111 years old, most interesting; and it will be a valuable addition to my collection. I do not have one like it. I hope some day to get a chance to thank you in person. With best of good wishes, Most sincerely". Polar Seas and Regions, by Sir John Leslie, had been published in 1857. Leslie had co-authored another book, Narrative of Discovery in the Polar Seas and Regions, as early as 1831. In the year this letter was written, the first international expedition (Norwegian-British-Swedish) returned from their visit to Antarctica (1949-1952). Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) made the first of his four expeditions to Antarctica from 1928-1930, during which time he established the "Little America" base and became the first man to fly over both the North and South Poles. Subsequent expeditions in the 1930s were made in 1933-1935 and 1939-1941. Byrd detailed his adventures in books and on the lecture circuit following his returns to the U.S. Proceeds from his books and talks were used to finance additional expeditions, which continued through 1956, four years after this letter was written. Byrd, who discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains, was given the honorary title, "Mayor of Antarctica". In 1926, Byrd and Floyd Bennett had been the first to fly over the North Pole. Lightly creased with folds, which are lightly shaded. Three ink spots beneath signature. Fine condition.

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