Blue Ribbon Books publishers, New York; illustrated hardbound with blue pictoral boards and black (faded) lettering on spine; no dust jacket; some foxing to inside pages; "Man's mastery of the air as shown by the brillant flights of America's leading air explorer. His life, his thrilling adventures, his North Pole and trans-Atlantic flights, together with his plans for conquering the Antarctic by air"; Richard Evelyn Byrd, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, with a forward by William A. Moffett, Rear Admiral, U.S.N.; see pics for condition.
Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval officer and explorer. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been the first to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole by air. However, his claim to have reached the North Pole is disputed.