REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/31/1936 - HFSID 273063
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD. TLS: "RE Byrd", 1p, 8½x11. On imprinted Boston, Massachusetts letterhead but written from West Tremont, Maine, 1936 August 31.To Mr. King Hostick, Springfield, Illinois. In full: "Thank you for the little booklet on Abraham Lincoln. Of course, I will enjoy it. I am going to make a few lectures next winter. My lecture manager's name is Leo McDonald, and his address is Room 611, 570 Lexington Avenue, New York City. I hope this is the information that you desire. With kindest regards, Cordially yours". KING V. HOSTICK was a noted Lincoln historian and collector and a manuscript dealer. 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, the year before this letter was written, 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, twenty years after this letter. 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, not at signature. Minor stains at blank right margin. Fine condition.
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